Druuna in a typical pose. Druuna is frequently depicted as sparsely clothed or druuna les origines pdf, and Serpieri’s high quality renditions of her are often reproduced as poster prints. Druuna has also been featured in Serpieri’s numerous and popular sketchbooks, which have sold more than a million copies in twelve languages.
Serpieri himself appears in many of the stories as the character Doc. In the first volumes in the series, the action unfolds in a place called The City, a futuristic but degraded urban environment. Humans live in a cramped, hostile, and decadent society, controlled by a religious oligarchy based on the knowledge of “Truth. In this society, books are banned and power is exercised by a corrupt and despotic militarized bureaucracy. Although never clearly stated, this current era, known as the “Age of Man”, is presumed to be the aftermath of a war. As told by the priests, an incurable, infectious disease called Evil has spread among the population that transforms people in a progressive and rapid fashion into amorphous, tentacled mutants. As a precautionary measure, all of the City’s inhabitants are forcibly injected with a serum periodically distributed in overcrowded health facilities.
Many believe that those found to be “healthy” will be sent to the City’s upper levels, a place inaccessible to the majority but where those selected enjoy a better life free from want and hardship. Similarly, those infected with “Evil” are sent to the lower levels. Druuna and her lover Shastar exist in this environment. After a series of adventures, Druuna discovers that the City is actually a giant spaceship which left Earth after an unspecified cataclysm and has drifted through space for centuries. At some point, Lewis, the ship’s captain, delegated control to the computer Delta, which is responsible for creating the current state of affairs. The Priests are actually androids operated by Delta. Delta transformed Lewis into an immortal being, using organic parts from the healthy people who had been admitted to the upper levels of the City.
Now, Lewis, tired of immortality, wants to die, which would eliminate Delta and destroy the City. Druuna is recruited by Lewis to help him destroy Delta. Unaware of fact that it would mean destruction of the City and all its inhabitants, Druuna finds Delta and carries out Lewis’s plan. At the end Lewis reveals his true plan to destroy the City, but also confesses he fell in love with her and changes his mind about destruction.
In turn, Lewis puts Druuna in a state similar to hibernation for centuries, waiting for an opportunity to improve conditions on the City. The story then introduces a man named Will, who commands another ship, similar to the City, which has become, thanks to the evolution of Evil, a super-organism. It is revealed that apart from the City, humanity is not entirely extinguished, but that other groups of humans survived, using genetic engineering to improve their abilities. Embarking on Commander Will’s spacecraft, Druuna discovers that the minds of Shastar and Lewis have been merged and transferred to the new ship’s computer.