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Supercrooks # 4 - Mark Millar Leinil Francis Yu

Written by Arion on Saturday, October 20 2012 and posted in Blog

Johnny Bolt has a perfect plan to steal 800 million dollars from the world’s richest villain. And he has assembled his old colleagues to perform this ambitious task that no one else dared to imagine. In this double-sized final issue, we get to see, step by step, Johnny’s ingenious stratagems. His formidable team has the necessary abilities to break through the hundreds of deathtraps in the mansion they are about to raid.

It has been such a joy to observe the way in which Millar resolves the constant obstacles that hinder the heroes or, in this case, the villains path to success (my favorite scene during the robbery would be the one devoted to the indestructible brothers). Although most fascinating of all is the conversation held with the owner of the fortune they are about to take. As a famous criminal, this man has spent his entire life collecting material objects and money, and now that he has it all, he feels just as miserable as he felt decades ago when he took his first steps towards delinquency.   

Perhaps I should highlight theories vis-à-vis regarding the nature of theft; while some might think that the old man is the quintessential villain, others might see in him ambition at its most primal level. Johnny Bolt and his men exemplify how one can work with the most unrestrained individuals, hold them accountable, and do so without compromising the mission. 

Throughout this action-packed final chapter, Millar graces the tongue of their characters with the dirtiest sex jokes and funniest comments. And the humor continues to the very last page (and that includes Gladiator’s gay parade). In this issue Leinil Francis Yu shows all his skills as a penciler, giving us, for instance, a great sequence in which one of the vault’s door is yanked out of its frames, another one in which the indestructible men get cut to pieces (actually, there are several of those) and, of course, Gladiator’s gay parade. 

As a bonus material, this final issue includes a preview of “Children of Jupiter”, the next miniseries by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely (which will be published by Image next year); and also the “Milla in Manila”, one of the most fascinating journey chronicles I’ve read in years. With unbeatable humor, Mark Millar tells us about his rather surreal visit to Manila (Philippines). Anyway, in case you missed the previous posts about Supercrooks you can check them out in the following links: Supercrooks # 1Supercrooks # 2Supercrooks # 3

Johnny Bolt tiene el plan perfecto para robarle al villano más rico del mundo 800 millones de dólares. Y ha reunido a sus viejos colegas para realizar esta ambiciosa tarea que nadie más se atrevería a imaginar. En este número final con doble cantidad de páginas, llegamos a ver, paso a paso, las ingeniosas estratagemas de Johnny. Su formidable equipo tiene las habilidades necesarias para escapar del centenar de trampas mortales de la mansión que están por saquear.

Ha sido un tremendo disfrute observar el modo el que Millar resuelve los constantes obstáculos que impide que los héroes o, en este caso, los villanos alcancen el camino al éxito (mi escena favorita durante el robo es la dedicada a los hermanos indestructibles). Aunque lo más fascinante de todo es la conversación que sostiene el dueño de la fortuna que está a punto de ser arrebatada. Al ser un criminal famoso, este hombre ha gastado toda su vida coleccionando objetos materiales y dinero, y ahora que lo tiene todo, se siente tan miserable como se sentía hace décadas cuando dio sus primeros pasos en el mundo de la delincuencia.

Tal vez debería resaltar el contraste entre teorías sobre la naturaleza del robo; mientras algunos podrían pensar que este viejo es la quintaesencia del villano, otros podría ver en él la ambición en su nivel más primordial. Johnny Bolt y sus hombres ejemplifican cómo uno puede trabajar con individuos sin restricciones, hacerlos responsables, y lograrlo sin poner en riesgo la misión.

En este capítulo final de pura acción, Millar bendice la lengua de sus personajes con las bromas sexuales más sucias y los comentarios más divertidos. Y el humor continúa hasta la última página (y eso incluye el desfile gay de Gladiator). En este número Leinil Francis Yu muestra toda su habilidad como dibujante, dándonos, por ejemplo, una gran secuencia en la que una de las puertas de la bóveda es arrancada de sus goznes, otra en la que los hombres indestructibles son cortados a pedazos (de hecho, son varias escenas) y, desde luego, el desfile gay de Gladiator.
Supercrooks # 4 - Mark Millar Leinil Francis Yu
my drawing / mi dibujo

Como material extra, esta entrega final incluye un adelanto de los "Hijos de Júpiter", la próxima miniserie de Mark Millar y Frank Quitely (que será publicada por Image el próximo año); y también “Milla en Manila”, una de las más fascinantes crónicas de viaje que he leído en años. Con invencible humor, Mark Millar nos cuenta su surrealista visita a  Manila (Filipinas). En fin, en caso que se perdieran los posts anteriores sobre "Supercrooks" pueden encontrarlos en los siguientes linksSupercrooks # 1Supercrooks # 2 & Supercrooks # 3

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