The wanderings of a repentant former mobster pursued by his former friends. A road movie that smells of the desert America of the 70s.
Between two “Tango” cycles, Matz and Xavier gave themselves a break in the North American desert with the story of Joe, an old guy who rides around in a motorhome in 1970. But Joe is not a tourist , he is a key witness in the upcoming trial of New York mobsters and as such he is part of the witness protection program, created in the 1960s to fight against the mafia.
In the end, the scenario does not offer a lot of surprises – a former kingpin, a manhunt, unscrupulous criminals, FBI agents, rogue cops and a final trial – but the charismatic hero, the well-constructed narrative at base of flashbacks and monologues and the very cinematographic atmosphere are enough to embark the reader on 144 pages. We really have the impression of traveling alongside Joe in these beautiful burning and dusty landscapes enjoying large huts and many silent contemplative scenes and the young coyote taken in by our lonely star witness in spite of himself is a good way for him to be able to tell their story aloud without seeming to be talking to themselves. Note that a black and white version of this album is also available.
Finally, for the record, know that the American witness protection program, still groping at the time of the story, is now a well-oiled machine which has taken care of more than 8,000 witnesses and 9,500 members of their families and has extended its activities. organized crime as a whole (mafia but also Latino cartels, biker gangs, terrorists, etc.).
Designer: Philippe Xavier – Screenwriter: Matz – Publisher: Le Lombard, Signé collection – Price: 23.50 euros.