Corto Maltese is a modern anti-hero who believes deeply in the infinite potential of man. He is a curious adventurer who remains skeptical in the face of easy solutions and flattery; a traveler who does not hesitate to take directions that straddle the limits between dreams and folly because he knows that every change will be nothing other than just that–another transition. His stories are set in the first 30 years of the 1900’s, in Manchuria, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Ireland, Patagonia, Guinea, and Polynesia.
Corto is the ideal travel companion because he can be a true friend and a door-opener.
The pace of the narrative is very modern. The action begins in the South Seas (Melanesia, Papua Nuova Guinea) in November 1913, when the imminent outbreak of the Great War is felt even while the romantic ideals of the 19th century are still very much alive. Pratt’s artwork is exceptional, from the period costumes, uniforms, and details referencing aboriginal cultures, to the vast open spaces, sparingly traced with a few broken lines.