2022 finds us caught between the disillusionment of the past and the dismay of the future. Umbra faces one nightmare at a time, and gives us the velocity to escape. Join the printed light!
The Umbra stretches, powered by dark energy. Conquered territories become denser, borders are diluted, dangers spread and contaminate. The signs of war and untidy time reign supreme in this number.
We invited André Oliveira, author of a whole series of books, versed in exploring the most diverse complex nuances of emotions and human relationships (with Hawk , Tormenta , Living Will , Lugar Maldito , and other titles). The art is Rita Alfaiate's, the author of acclaimed solo diptych No Caderno da Tangerina e Tangerina (Escorpião Azul, 2017 and 2019, now gathered in one volume), with her dynamic, fresh and deceptively classic art.
Canadian artist Simon Roy, author of the anthology Jan's Atomic Heart and Other Stories (Image Comics, 2014) and co-author of Prophet , with Brandon Graham et al. (Image Comics, 2012-2017), returns on these pages presenting a brief memory of a distant war, many years ago... in the future.
American James Romberger, author of the important 7 Miles a Second (Vertigo, 1996, republished by Fantagraphics, 2013), based on the autobiography and writing of artist David Wojnarowicz, and with Marguerite Van Cook, and the most recent Post York (Dark Horse/Berger Books, 2021) also presents us with a futuristic war narrative.
Frenchman Réza Benhadj, whose “Panzer Tripod” series has been published in David Lloyd's famous online magazine Aces Weekly , has worked professionally in a wide range of design and illustration fronts.
A dystopia by Filipe Abranches, who feeds his latest passions and nostalgic obsessions, in line with the entire Umbra project, and another short by Pedro Moura, here to explore, in the most terrifying way to date in his work, one of his most personal nightmares. The art here is provided by the young Marco Gomes, author of the fanzines Cerveja Depressão (Chili Com Carne, 2022) and Lethal Dose (his own label Void Books, 2022).
Filipe Abranches, “Tower”
In an alternative historiography narrative, an element of the security forces is lost in the conspiratorial plots that are weaved close to an immense and mysterious Tower, erected in Lisbon in the 80s, buffeted by a pandemic and climatic cataclysms. Under the Tower's watch, the suspense...
James Romberger, “Lazarus”
For Hobbes, the pre-social state of humanity was that of bellum omnium contra omnes , “the war of all against all”. Does technology save or close the loop? Joe knows the answer, the other Joe doesn't. Maybe it's not convenient to look at the enemy too closely, lest we be frightened by the reflection.
André Oliveira and Rita Alfaiate, “Nic”
Beware of evading life's responsibilities, and not looking both ways when crossing the road, for the danger that awaits us may be the danger we incite.
Pedro Moura and Marco Gomes, “The embers and the firewood”
War is a storm that bites everything around. A house is a small boat that navigates the turbulent waters, and in danger protects an isolated family. What can a parent do when monsters approach?
Simon Roy, “ The Pride of the Central Republic ”
Decades have passed since the battles of Altamira, but a young investigator wants to discover the last traces of the amplifier pilots. A walk through the mountains can unravel memories, wreckage and even rivalries. Does time heal wounds?
Réza Benhadj, " Royal Crab – A Case of the French Paranormal Detective "
Let us imagine a world in which a screenplay by William Peter Blatty would end up being directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and we are close to the key to this story of a very particular detective whose cases are not solved with the point of a revolver, but with rituals and free associations. But all the ingredients constitute a dramatic puzzle.