BD]Total by Ugo Bienvenu, or the billionaire’s blues

Kirt Dorell is the richest man in the world and surely one of the most powerful. When he threatens the President of the United States with blackmail, it is by talking to him. Kirk does not profit from the economy, he is the economy, he masters the slopes of curves. The rest of the time, he visits villas in order to settle down with his mistress, younger than him. His wife still has to sign the divorce papers. But nothing will go as planned for Kirk, who will then engage in introspection work with his shrink who has the particularity of walking around naked and being the intrusive type.

We find in Total the whole universe of Ugo Bienvenu, discovered in System Preference (which was not his first work): a futuristic world very close to ours, an omnipresence of robots, an assertive eroticism and a graphic universe reinventing a vintage aesthetic. With Total, Ugo Bienvenu offers a graphic novel – or a comic strip – truly adult. No action scene, or breathless story, but a long introspection on a man who, as a child, loved to play Monopoly and who, years later, occupies himself by tinkering with a robot with the features of Uncle Scrooge , to which he tries to give the character of the character imagined by Disney.

Chiseled dialogues

In Total, we also find Ugo Bienvenu’s taste for writing and chiseled dialogues. This talented designer takes care of his texts just as much, with joys of expression like this description of Western man “like a spoiled child of a family in crisis which can no longer pay its loans”. By imagining the reflections of this XXL billionaire, Ugo Bienvenu invites a more general reflection on the meaning of our actions.

The work is also unique in its form: it is presented in the form of a small golden format, which, open, offers on two pages at most 4 boxes. Ugo Bienvenu’s drawing is precise, the muted colors give an unreal effect to the whole, while some of the decorations used here seem to be taken from photographs (see the video above for an idea of ​​the graphic style). The whole is a real success that we do not let go, once opened.

Total, Ugo Welcome, Denoël Graphic

For comic book and science fiction enthusiasts, Ugo Bienvenu participated in the revival of Metal Hurlant magazine for which he designed the cover.


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