By Hervé St-Louis
August 18, 2015 - 13:12
Penciller(s): Daoudi Youssef
Inker(s): Daoudi Youssef
Cover Artist(s): Daoudi Youssef
13.90 €, 56 pages
This story was good in that it focused on the character and skill of the driver as opposed as the variable that makes one wins races as opposed to the instrumental conditions of the car. Here, it’s not man versus technology. This story is about man versus nature as the deadly Nürburgring track is treacherous and known to kill many racers.
Ilias chooses to tell most of the story from the perspective of Guido Knopp through a series of flashback that jump around and but a few scenes set in the present. This was jarring (no pun intended). It was confusing as the story of a driven man was continually interrupted with scenes taking place in other periods where the internal monologue would start anew. I had to reread the ending several times to understand the nuanced and confusing ending where the hero battles the track.
I like the story’s premise because it focused on the spirit of what racing means and how drivers and their entourage live through this world. But the story felt like an internal dialogue that the creators were having with one another and where readers were excluded and only looking in from the margins. It does not appear that Ring has been translated from French to English yet.