Author(s): Stephen Desberg
The Scorpion, whose mother Cardinal Trebaldi burnt at the stake for loving a man of the cloth, discovers that his father was the murdered Pope himself. When Trebaldi addresses a huge crowd at the end of the mourning period, the Scorpion is there to tell the truth about how the people's beloved Pope died. Trebaldi claims that the sacred cross of St Peter miraculously appeared in his castle. The Scorpion must find the real cross if he is to prove Trebaldi's treachery.
Born in Brussels in 1954, it was in 1978 that Stephen Desberg started his professional script-writing career in earnest. His great talent allowed him to pass with ease from one genre to another, from fantasy atmospheres to realities around him. To him we owe, "Le Sang Noir" (Black blood), a romantic saga, "IR$", in which the original subject is the American tax system. Stephen Desberg is interested in the riddles of Christian origins and so completed with the illustrator Enrico Marini the fantastic saga "The Scorpion", which revolves around a flamboyant cape and sword hero in 18th century Rome. The Italian illustrator Marini had already worked with Desberg, their first meeting allowing them to realize a childhood dream: to draw a Western, by completing "L'Etoile du desert", which immediately earned him numerous awards. With "The Scorpion", Marini's drawing exploded with elegance and finesse...