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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2013, 12:36:36 am »



Druuna in a typical pose. Artwork by Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri.
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2013, 12:37:09 am »

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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2013, 12:38:19 am »

Plot

During the thirteen years of publication of Druuna's adventures in Morbus Gravis, the plot has evolved through several stages, differentiated with numerous jumps in the storyline, with some attendant inconsistencies.

In the first volumes in the series, the action unfolds is a place called The City, a futuristic but degraded urban environment. Humans live in a cramped, hostile, and decadent society, controlled by a religious oligarchy based on the knowledge of "Truth." In this society, books are banned and power is exercised by a corrupt and despotic militarized bureaucracy.

Although never clearly stated, this current era, known as the "Age of Man," is presumed to be the aftermath of a kind of war. As told by the priests, Evil had been visited on the populace by an incurable, infectious disease that transforms people in a progressive and rapid fashion into amorphous, tentacled mutants. As a precautionary measure, all of the City's inhabitants are forcibly injected with a serum periodically distributed in overcrowded health facilities. Many believe that those found to be "healthy" will be sent to the City's upper levels, a place inaccessible to the majority but where those selected enjoy a better life free from want and hardship. Similarly, those infected with "Evil" are sent to the lower levels. Druuna and her lover Shastar exist in this environment.

After a series of adventures, Druuna discover that the City is actually a giant spaceship which left Earth after an unspecified cataclysm and has drifted through space for centuries. At some point, Lewis, the ship's captain, delegated control to the computer Delta, which is responsible for creating the current state of affairs. (The Priests are actually androids operated by Delta.) Delta transformed Lewis into an immortal being, using organic parts from the healthy people who had been admitted to the upper levels of the City. Now, Lewis, tired of immortality, wants to die, which would eliminate Delta and destroy the city. This conflict is partially responsible for the gradual degradation of life on the ship/planetoid.

Druuna is recruited by Lewis to help with his plan, but she falls in love with him and changes her mind about destroying the City and all its inhabitants. In turn, Lewis puts Druuna in a state similar to hibernation for centuries, waiting for an opportunity to improve conditions on the City. Something happens when a new ship, initially believed to be an asteroid, enters the equation. Commanded by a character named Will, the new ship is revealed to be similar the City, which has become, thanks to the evolution of Evil, a super-organism. At this moment, the reader discovers that apart from the City, humanity is not entirely extinguished, but that other groups of humans survived, using genetic engineering to improve their abilities.

Embarking on Commander Will's spacecraft, Druuna discovers that the minds of Shastar and Lewis have been merged and transferred to the new ship's computer. The disease called Evil appears among the new ship's crew, so Will and Doc (author Serpieri's alter-ego) telepathically introduce Druuna into the mind of Lewis-Shastar, discovering the elements that make up the antidote serum.[2] When Druuna gets trapped in the computer mind, Will enters it to rescue her. Discovering that they actually have no means to develop a cure for the disease, they decide to destroy the ship and crew (as well as the computer that houses the merged minds of Shastar and Lewis). Druuna, Will, and a few others escape in a rescue capsule, where they are all put into a state of suspended animation.

After the capsule crashes on an unknown planet,[3] Druuna awakens alone. She is soon caught in a war between two alien species, one of which is composed of parasitic beings who need organic specimens as hosts, and the other intelligent robots pursuing the objective of creating organic life. Apparently, the planet is Earth thousands of years after the disappearance of man. The machines want to recreate their creators (whose extinction was caused by a war between men and machines) to try to understand humanity. Will briefly reappears and is kidnapped. Shastar also reappears, now working with the machines in their aim to recover the human species. Toward that aim, they decide to clone Druuna.[4]
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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2013, 12:39:34 am »

Style and content

The Morbus Gravis series is noteworthy for featuring explicit content in terms of both graphic violence and sex. Volume 3, Creatura, in fact, features near-totally explicit sexual penetration, and the three subsequent books feature totally uncensored penetration. The Heavy Metal reprints differ from the stand-alones by having censored **** portions via oversize speech/thought balloons. In vol. 5, Mandragora, several pages were simply excised. The series returned to a non-explicit depiction of penetration in such scenes with vol. 7, The Forgotten Planet.
Character

In most cases, Druuna's role is that of a willing sexual object, submitting to sexual advances of all kinds with little or no complaint, other than the occasional sad pout, though she has been raped on more than one occasion in the series. Serpieri claims that the character's approach to sexual pleasures is a challenge to Judeo-Christian mores on sexuality.[5]

In the album Druuna X, Serpieri asserts that he styled Druuna as influenced by Valérie Kaprisky's appearance in the film La Femme publique but because he had drawn so many Western comics in those days, in the first few pages of Morbus Gravis Druuna was portrayed with Native American facial features before reaching her current look.[5]

1980's Brazilian playmate "Ana Lima" is considered by many to have the most “real life” uncanny resemblance to the Druuna character.[6] Disputably however, others have also been named as having a strong physical resemblance to Druuna, including Valeria Marini and even Sofía Vergara amongst many others.[7]
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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2013, 12:40:11 am »

List of appearances

    Morbis Gravis
        Morbus Gravis (Dargaud, 1985) ISBN 3-933187-69-9 — reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 10, #2 Summer 1986
        Druuna (Dargaud, 1987) ISBN 2-908406-63-2 - reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 12, #1 Spring 1988
        Creatura (Bagheera, 1990) ISBN 3-933187-71-0 - reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 16, #4 (magazine lists it as Vol. 17, #4) Nov. 1992
        Carnivora (Bagheera, 1992) ISBN 3-933187-72-9 - reprinted in Heavy Metal: Software Special Edition Vol. 7, #2, 1993.
        Mandragora (Bagheera, 1995) ISBN 2-908406-32-2 - reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 19, #4 Sept. 1995
        Aphrodisia (Bagheera, 1997) ISBN 2-908406-69-1 - reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 21, #4 Sept. 1997
        La Planète oubliée (The Forgotten Planet) (Bagheera, 2000) ISBN ISBN 2-908406-60-8 - reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 25, #2 May 2001
        Clone (Bagheera, 2003) ISBN 2-908406-72-1 - reprinted in Heavy Metal Magazine Vol. 27, #5 Nov. 2003
    Serpieri sketchbooks
        Serpieri Obsession: In Search of Druuna (Heavy Metal Magazine, 1993) ISBN 978-1-882931-23-1
        Druuna X (Heavy Metal Magazine, Dec. 1993) ISBN 978-1-882931-03-3
        Druuna X 2 (Heavy Metal Magazine, 1998) ISBN 1-882931-41-6
        Serpieri: The Sweet Smell of Woman (Heavy Metal Magazine, 2000) ISBN 1-882931-60-2
        Croquis (Bagheera, 2001) ISBN 2-908406-36-5
        Serpieri Sketchbook (Heavy Metal Magazine, 2001) ISBN 1-882931-14-9
        Serpieri Sketchbook 2 (Heavy Metal Magazine, 2002) ISBN 1-882931-90-4

In other media

The character has also appeared in the 3D videogame Druuna: Morbus Gravis.
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