1997

Magico Vento

Magico Vento

Magico Vento's stories unfold against a background of the Wild West where reality can turn into a nightmare. With his unpredictable and restless character, Magico Vento, for which Gianfranco Manfredi created both the Plot and the scripts, is the launch pad of a new and absolutely original trend in fiction, springing from the blend of two much-loved and inspiring genres, the western and the horror genre. Magico Vento's world consists of the vast open spaces of the Great Prairies of Dakota, roughly in the 1870s, i.e. in the period following the War of Secession, when the transcontinental railway had only just been inaugurated and the dogged determination of the white man to civilize the West was about to result in seizure of even more land from the Native Americans. Although he is a medicine man, a shaman and a warrior, Magico Vento is not an Indian, but a former white soldier (whose real name is Ned Ellis), who has sided with the Sioux. Because of a fragment of metal that lodged in his brain, Magico Vento has lost his memory and therefore he knows nothing of his past, but precisely this traumatic event has opened up in his mind a window on the future, of which he has premonitions through dramatic prophetic visions. At his side, he has an intelligent and determined friend: journalist Willy Richards, known as Poe on account of his amazing resemblance to the famous writer. Together they must avert the wicked schemes plotted by their enemy number one: Howard Hogan, a diabolical wheeler-dealer, thirsty for power and determined to unleash new wars against the Indians in the name of the ruthless march of civilization. In the course of this saga that is full of unexpected developments and sudden turn-arounds, Magico Vento leads his readers towards the discovery of a Frontier infested by demons, specters, apocalyptic beasts: a sphere of the unknown where the supernatural may be lurking just ahead at any time.