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The Secret Service # 4 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons

Written by Arion on Friday, November 16 2012 and posted in Blog

Gary is good with guns, lethal in hand-to-hand combat and a fast driver. Nevertheless, he lacks the proper elegance and distinguished demeanor of a James Bond. In order to become a spy for the British Crown, he must reinvent himself under the guidance of his uncle Jack. 

Many things happen in this fourth installment of Millar’s Secret Service. First of all, we see Jack teaching his nephew how to dress like a gentleman. Then, he forces Gary to pass one final test after administering him a somniferous substance. The teenager, then, wakes up in Colombia, undressed, with no money and no weapons. It is under these conditions that he must reach a certain address in which he’ll find a plane ticket to return to England.

Gary is quickly intercepted by a police officer, who plans to arrest him under charges of indecent exposure. He even accuses the youngster of being involved in gay activities. Surely, this could be construed as a funny scene about an aggressive macho cop and a disoriented young man. Nevertheless, I think the partial male nudity observed by the police officer is enough to elicit in him the fear of the otherness, the fear of homosexuality. For the man of the law, homosexuality in expressed in a personality, a life style, but also a morphology that entails an indiscreet anatomy (in this case Gary’s state of undress). 

Without knowledge of the language, Gary must do everything he can to avoid being arrested and to locate the required house. When he gets there he realizes that this house is owned by one of Colombia’s most sought-after drug lords, with a small army at his disposal. Gary must either kill them all or die trying. As in the previous issues, Dave Gibbons does an amazing work. The action scenes, the exotic locations and the behavior of the characters are enhanced by the stylistic choices of one of Britain’s most respected and awarded artists. There are still plenty of mysteries to be resolved before this miniseries concludes, and I’m impatient to hold in my hands the next issue.

Gary es bueno con las armas, letal en combate mano a mano y un veloz conductor. No obstante, carece de la elegancia y la actitud distinguida de un James Bond. Para convertirse en un espía de la corona británica, él debe reinventarse a sí mismo bajo la tutela de su tío Jack.

Suceden muchas cosas en este cuarto capítulo de "Secret Service" de Millar. En primer lugar, vemos a Jack enseñándole a su sobrino cómo vestirse como un caballero. Luego, obliga a Gary a pasar un último test luego de administrarle una sustancia somnífera. El adolecente, entonces, despierta en Colombia, desvestido, sin dinero y sin armas. Es bajo estas condiciones que debe llegar a un lugar en el que encontrará un boleto de avión para regresar a Inglaterra.

Gary es rápidamente interceptado por un oficial de la policía, quien planea arrestarlo bajo cargos de exposición indecente. Incluso acusa al jovencito de estar involucrado en actividades gay. Seguramente, esto podría ser visto como una escena chistosa sobre un policía machista y agresivo y un joven desorientado. No obstante, creo que la desnudez parcial masculina observada por el policía es suficiente para provocar en él un miedo hacia la otredad, un miedo hacia la homosexualidad. Para el hombre de la ley, la homosexualidad es expresada en una personalidad, en un estilo de vida, pero también en una morfología que implica una anatomía indiscreta (en el caso de Gary sería estar medio desvestido).
The Secret Service # 4 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons
my drawing / mi dibujo

Sin conocer el idioma, Gary debe hacer todo lo que puede para evitar ser arrestado y localizar la casa a la que debe llegar. Cuando llega allí, se da cuenta que la residencia es propiedad de uno de los más buscados señores de la droga de Colombia, con un pequeño ejército a su disposición. Gary debe matarlos a todos o morir intentándolo. Al igual que en números anteriores, Dave Gibbons hace un asombroso trabajo. Las escenas de acción, las locaciones exóticas y el comportamiento de los personajes son aumentados por las opciones estilísticas de uno de los más respetados y premiados artistas británicos. Aún hay muchos misterios por resolver antes de la conclusión de la miniserie, y estoy impaciente por ver qué pasará.

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-secret-service-4-mark-millar-dave.html


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