Thursday October 24 1929, Black Thursday of the stock market crisis which plunges the world into Great Depression, the worst economic crisis of the XXth century. In North America as in Europe the unemployment and the poverty explodes, tension and bitterness rise among the peoples, in Germany a party will take advantage of this crisis: the NSDAP headed by a man who will plunge the world into war, Adolf Hitler. What if this was all one big plot? What if Hitler himself had orchestrated the stock market crisis to rally destitute voters to his cause?
1928: Adolf Hitler, head of the NSDAP, is ready to do anything to take over Germany. He knows that his party is profiting from the crisis in Germany and he would therefore have everything to gain from a major amplification of the latter, for that he must strike at the heart of the globalized economy: the United States. Ulrich Schoeller, a young graduate in economics, is contacted by Goebbels and introduced to Berghof (Hitler's residence). There he is tasked by the leader of the Nazi Party with finding loopholes in the financial system and exploiting them to create the greatest economic crisis ever. Once the plan is established Ulrich is sent to New York to serve as a Trojan horse of Nazism on Wall Street ...
The Delcourt editions are starting a new saga, “Conspiracy”, which in certain aspects is reminiscent of the operation of the “Man of the Year” saga. With "The Man of the Year" the reader discovered in each volume a new character who had played a big role in History while remaining unknown. Each time we change the era and the designer. Here the principle is the same with four volumes having a common theme, a plot hidden by official history, and which allow us to travel in time with four clearly differentiated subjects: the crash of 1929, the end of the Templars, the battle Hamburger Hill and the mystery of the Titanic.
This first volume is therefore devoted to the famous Black Thursday, whose historiography often highlights the influence on the rise of totalitarianisms in Europe. The drawings by Luc Brahy and the coloring by Delphine Rieu are realistic and allow a perfect immersion in America between the wars. Gihef's screenplay mixes conspiratorial fiction and historical figures. Note that a warning at the beginning of the book specifies that despite these historical figures the scenario is quite fictitious, let's hope that this is enough not to fuel the conspiratorial movements which reject the historical methodology in favor of the satisfaction of their occultist fantasies. In this regard, it is a great pity that a historical record, even a brief one, was not provided at the end of the comic. This dossier could have gone back to the crisis of 1929, its origins and its consequences, and thus put fiction back into reality. Other publishers have more or less systematic recourse to this process which makes it possible to make the comic book a beautiful tool for historical popularization. This would be all the more useful in this saga which uses known historical facts and manhandles them. When we say “manhandles” it is by no means pejorative! Fiction is honorable, but it is good once the story is completed to give the reader the keys to disentangling the true from the false.
This comic is very pleasant to read, it is also very interesting because it ultimately tells us more about our contemporary concerns than about the history of the 1920's. We find there economic globalization, the world of Wall Street (which through literature and cinema becomes a real contemporary topos), the self-interested shenanigans of traders which influence the world economy, bankruptcies and their social consequences, the fear of the rise of the extreme right ... Until the Carlton which brings us back to recent political news ... Finally, and this is not a novelty, the historical events that seem to make meaning to reflect our current perceptions, expectations and fears.
Drawing: Luc Brahy
Color: Delphine Rieu
Concept: Ghief and Alcante
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