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Nathan Never: destination, the future!

A 2015 full of stories, from the many adventures of the monthly series to the new entries: Nathan Never Magazine, Maxi, Agenzia Alfa, Universo Alfa and a long-awaited miniseries!

By Glauco Guardigli and Antonio Serra

In March, on the pages of the regular series of our Alfa Agent, you’ll read the end of the trilogy centered on the charming Angel, the girl who came from the stars. Nathan and co. will finally find an answer for the question that’s torturing them: is she a heavenly creature or a ruthless alien entity? Or, maybe, something else?... In April, you’ll find a classic crime investigation at your newsstands − that’s right: Agenzia Alfa doesn’t only take care of global disasters! – created by a “specialist”, Stefano Piani, and enhanced by Guido Masala and Giacomo Pueroni’s art (strictly in alphabetical order).

An insidious space trip will keep us company until summer, facing a planetary terrorist threat, in an engrossing two-part adventure written by Mirko Perniola, with art by Valentino Forlini. July and August will feature two ladies’ touch: first a disquieting journey inside a deviated mind, with Davide Rigamonti’s seal of quality and art by Silvia Corbetta – and the promise of a thrill along your spine or two, to relieve summer heat a little more –; then, we’ll take a plunge into Legs’ past, with Riccardo Secchi and Simona Denna as our guides… But, be careful: tissues are recommended, here!

Art by Silvia Corbetta (click on the image to enlarge).

Still about summer... drums, please: let’s give our warmest welcome to the new Nathan Never Magazine. After 22 years of honorable service, we felt the need for a complete refurbishment of the structure and content of our old, glorious Almanacco della Fantascienza. To celebrate this event, the first issue of this new annual series – in full color! – will feature, besides articles and columns, three reprinted rare short stories from the 1990s, as well as an unpublished 48-page adventure written by Giovanni Gualdoni with art by Dante Bastianoni. It will be a “trait d’union” between the “old” Nathan and the one you find now on the pages of our monthly series. In the meanwhile, in March, the second issue of Grandi Storie di Nathan Never – this time written by Giovanni Eccher with art by Patrizia Mandanici – will have given us another clue to unvelil the hand of the devious Omega, while Maxi Nathan Never N.11 will host a long adventure by the trusted pair, Bepi Vigna & Maurizio Gradin: we can’t tell you much about that, besides the fact that we’ll see a really long-awaited return, here!
Vigna himself, in a collaboration with Roberto De Angelis, is the author of the most-awaited event for our “moody” character’s fans in this 2015: the first of the three, 6-issue miniseries by the original creators of this intricate universe, Michele Medda, Antonio Serra and, of course, Vigna. We will have time to introduce the miniseries to you in the future, in detail.

For the Universo Alfa series, May will be the month of the second instalment of the trilogy about the Cronache di Marte, written by Vigna with art by Giez; Germano Bonazzi, the artist of the first issue, is still working at the creation of the second miniseries, written by Medda. In November, we’ll have the chance to read Guerra Futura 2115, written, like the other war volumes, by our indomitable Stefano Vietti.

Art by Mario Atzori (click on the image to enlarge).

Before we leave, after this long overview, we’d just like to remind you about this year’s Asteroide Argo: written by Vigna with art by Andrea Bormida, it is already at your newsstands. Also, Agenzia Alfa 33 is coming up soon (with a really special story – written by Stefano Piani and inked by Melissa Zanella – centered around many short tales about the work of the American painter, Edward Hopper). Agenzia Alfa’s issues won’t stop here, though: in June, volume 34 will be formed by several adventures with a lost in space Nathan Never (Gualdoni/Mario Atzori), May & Branko involved in puzzling investigations (Rigamonti/Matteo Resinanti-Antonella Vicari and Perniola/Mariano De Biase), young Kay and her telepathic friends against a gang of fearful pirates (Gualdoni/Francesca Palomba). Come October, the 35th issue will host the second chapter of the elaborate War of the Dark saga, where the mutated Kay will live again a part of her past and face the horrors of her future, in a tale by Alessandro Russo as a writer/artist, with the collaboration of Riccardo Chiereghin. In the volume, you will find also two linked episodes by Piani/Mandanici and Piani/Bormida-Corbetta.

Prima di lasciarvi, dopo questa lunga carrellata, non ci rimane che ricordarvi l'Asteroide Argo di quest'anno: scritto da Vigna per i disegni di Andrea Bormida, è già giunto in edicola. Imminente, poi, l'uscita di Agenzia Alfa 33 (contenente una storia davvero speciale – testi di Piani per le chine di Melissa Zanella –, che racchiude, a sua volta, tanti racconti incentrati sull'opera del pittore Edward Hopper). Ma le uscite di Agenzia Alfa non si esauriscono qui: a giugno, il volume 34 sarà composto da diverse avventure che avranno per protagonisti un Nathan Never perduto nello spazio (Gualdoni/Mario Atzori), May e Branko coinvolti in misteriose indagini (Rigamonti/Matteo Resinanti-Antonella Vicari e Perniola/Mariano De Biase), la giovane Kay e le sue amiche telepati a confronto con dei terribili pirati (Gualdoni/Francesca Palomba). A ottobre, invece, la trentacinquesima uscita ospiterà il secondo capitolo della complessa saga della Guerra del Buio, che vedrà la mutata Kay rivivere parte del suo passato e affrontare gli orrori del suo futuro, in un racconto a opera di Alessandro Russo, sia ai testi che ai disegni, questi ultimi con la collaborazione di Riccardo Chiereghin. Nel volume, troverete anche episodi, tutti correlati tra loro, firmati da Piani/Mandanici e Piani/Bormida-Corbetta.

With this huge amount of material in store, let us give you a friendly advice: throw your TV and videogames away, cancel the theater subscription and forget about the movies! You’ll find everything you’re looking for on these pages!
Have a good read!