Corto Maltese. Mu,The Lost Continent. Paperback – August 11, 2020
In this final entry of Hugo Pratt’s epic series, the master graphic novelist returns to the theme he first explored in the initial episode–the search for the lost continent of Mu, the mythical Atlantis.
A premonition hovers over the entire dreamlike story, as if fate had decided in advance that this would be Corto Maltese’s last adventure. The feeling is underscored by the return of most of the major characters seen throughout the long-running saga, like actors giving their final curtain call: Gold Mouth, Morgana, Tristan Bantam, Levi Colombia, Professor Steiner, “the Monk,” Cain Groovesnore, Soledad, and (of course) Rasputin…each with their own reason to find the mythical realm. Thus, the circle closes.
This EuroComics edition features new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Dean Mullaney, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning editor of the Library of American Comics, and Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra, and the author of Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s (University Press of Mississippi).
“Career heroes leave me totally indifferent”
A submerged continent is not a land to discover, but a question to leave unanswered. No one knows this better than Corto Maltese who, although many years have passed, has always defended tooth and nail his right to live in his own imagination. But when he finds himself on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in search of Mū, a mythological land swallowed up by water, his companions of adventure would like to infect him with their thirst for conquest.
Having risked his life on the seas and in trenches and deserts all over the world, Hugo’s Corto ends his long career with a mellow good-bye to reality.