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Great Pacific # 1-3 - Joe Harris Martin Morazzo

Written by Arion on Sunday, February 17 2013 and posted in Reviews

We produce millions of tons of garbage every day, and most of it is non-biodegradable. What would happen if all the trash in the world is dumped in the same place? Writer Joe Harris develops a rather interesting concept, an island in the middle of the Pacific almost as big as a continent, entirely composed by debris and junk.

Who could be a better protagonist than the heir of an oil fortune, the son of a man responsible for contaminating our world? Chas Worthington is 21 years old, very rich, very handsome and a bit reckless. He has a brilliant mind and is focusing all his inventiveness in solving the problem of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but of course, no one takes him seriously, until he fakes his death in the hands of mercenary.

Immediately afterwards, Chas moves to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and declares himself as the leader of this new sovereign nation. But this is an artificial and unexplored island, with all the plastic and chemical wastes, there have been mutations, something that Chas confronts first hand as he is almost drowned by a gigantic octopus. In these first issues, Joe Harris asks the most important questions about ecology and the way we see and treat our planet, but above all the author also proposes some sort of solution for the contamination debacles of our era, these solutions may only work in fiction but they are still worth reading about.

When I first laid my eyes on the solicitations for Great Pacific, I found the premise interesting but I had no idea who the writer was. I almost skip it but I immediately saw Martin Morazzo’s amazing cover and I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did, because Martin has a great artistic style, slightly reminiscent of Frank Quitely and, above all, Italians like Vittorio Giardino; he is expressive and his sleek lines are a joy to admire.

Morazzo’s wonderful sense of design is made evident in the covers. Each one of them presents this island of garbage under different angles, and they also present Chas Worthington as a brave young man in the first issue, a desperate survivor about to drown in the second and an exhausted adventurer in the third. There are some really great double page spreads, like the one in which we see Chas admiring his newly founded kingdom. The page of the attack of the giant octopus is splendid and the page in which we see Chas sinking into deep waters is gorgeous. There is also a careful balance between details and single figures, as we see Chas investigating an airplane that has just crashed into the thrash. Great Pacific is a really good series and I’m glad I was there for the beginning. 

Great Pacific # 1-3 - Joe Harris Martin Morazzo
Great Pacific Garbage Patch / Gran Parche de Basura del Pacífico


Great Pacific # 1-3 - Joe Harris Martin Morazzo
giant octopus attacks Chas / un pulpo gigante ataca a Chas

Producimos millones de toneladas de basura todos los días, y la mayor parte no es biodegradable. ¿Qué pasaría si todos los desperdicios del mundo fueran arrojados al mismo lugar? El escritor Joe Harris desarrolla un concepto bastante interesante, una isla en medio del Pacífico casi tan grande como un continente, enteramente compuesta de desechos y basura.

¿Quién podría ser un mejor protagonista que el heredero de una fortuna petrolera, el hijo de un hombre responsable por contaminar el mundo? Chas Worthington tiene 21 años, es rico, guapo y un poco impulsivo. Tiene una mente brillante y está enfocando toda su creatividad en resolver el problema del Gran Parche de Basura del Pacífico, pero por supuesto, nadie lo toma en serio, hasta que finge su muerte a manos de un mercenario. 


Great Pacific # 1-3 - Joe Harris Martin Morazzo
below the garbage patch / debajo del parche de basura

De inmediato, Chas se muda al Gran Parche de Basura del Pacífico y se declara como líder de esta nueva nación soberana. Pero esta es una isla artificial, inexplorada; con todo el plástico y los residuos químicos, ha habido mutaciones, algo que Chas confronta por sí mismo cuando es casi ahogado por un pulpo gigantesco. En estos primeros números, Joe Harris hace importantes preguntas sobre la ecología y la forma en que tratamos nuestro planeta, pero por encima de todo, el autor también propone algún tipo de solución a los desastres de la contaminación, estas soluciones sólo funcionan en la ficción pero aun así vale la pena leer cuáles son.

Cuando le di un vistazo a las solicitaciones de "Great Pacific" ("Gran Pacífico"), la premisa me pareció interesante pero no tenía ni idea de quién era el escritor. Casi la dejo a un lado pero de inmediato vi la asombrosa portada de Martin Morazzo y decidí darle una oportunidad. Y estoy contento de haberlo hecho, porque Martin tiene un grandioso estilo artístico, ligeramente reminiscente a Frank Quitely y sobre todo a italianos como Vittorio Giardino; es expresivo y sus líneas suaves son un verdadero disfrute. 

Great Pacific # 1-3 - Joe Harris Martin Morazzo
Chas looking for survivors / Chas buscando sobrevivientes

El maravilloso sentido del diseño de Morazzo se hace evidente en sus portadas. Cada una de ellas presenta esta isla de basura bajo distintos ángulos y también se presenta a Chas Worthington como un valiente joven en el primer ejemplar, un desesperado sobreviviente a punto de ahogarse en el segundo y un exhausto aventurero en el tercero. Además, hay algunas páginas dobles tremendas, como aquella en la que Chas está admirando su recién fundado reino. La página del ataque del pulpo gigante es espléndida y la página en la que vemos a Chas hundiéndose en aguas profundas es hermosa. Hay un cuidadoso balance entre los detalles y las figuras solas, al ver a Chas investigando un avión que se ha estrellado en los desperdicios. "Great Pacific" es una serie realmente buena y me alegra haber estado ahí desde el principio.


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