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Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry

Written by Arion on Wednesday, December 19 2012 and posted in Reviews

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry
Glenn Fabry

In 1670 the inhabitants of Fairfax County were prejudiced, fearful of god and, above all, resentful. They defined life as a divine gift, and if someone committed the disgraceful act of suicide, his dead body would be submitted to trial. These trials would often end in the brutal dismemberment of the corpse in the hands of the enraged villagers. 

This is the source of the horror in “Lot 13”, a very promising miniseries by writer Steve Niles and artist Glenn Fabry. Those first pages immediately captured my attention, and certainly made me wonder about the religious zealots we can still find today. Nevertheless, the story takes place in the present, centuries after the horrific events of Fairfax County.

After years of saving money, a nice middle class family has bought a house and it’s preparing to move to the suburbs. The father and mother seem to be a loving couple, dealing with the rebelliousness and cynicism of their two teenaged daughters and their pubescent son. 

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry
Fairfax County: 1670

When they get to the new house they realize it’s still being fumigated, and it won’t be ready for at least a couple of days. After a long trip, they decide the best thing they can do is stay in an old building in which they can rent rooms for a very small fee. But what they don’t know is that the corrupted souls of Fairfax County are also tenants in this building.

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry
suicide must be punished / el suicidio debe ser castigado

I have always admired Glenn Fabry’s art, but for some reason in recent years he had done mostly covers and little or no interior art at all. This time, luckily for us, he returns as a full time artist, and it’s a joy to look at his pages. Glenn has done a lot of historical research and that is evident when we look at his double page spread; the attitude of the villagers, their clothes (even their rotten teeth, quite common in that era) and their collective rage merge into a powerful and stunning image. In the subsequent page we can see the mindless frenzy of the villagers and the mutilated bodies of those deemed guilty of the ultimate sin: suicide. Glenn’s unique style acquires even greater coherence as he pencils and inks all of his work, but this time he’s not in charge of the coloring. Adam Brown is the colorist, and he does a very good job with the different ambiances, and even with the skin tones and the makeup of the teenage girl.

En 1670, los habitantes del condado de Fairfax eran prejuiciosos, temerosos de dios y, por encima de todo, resentidos. Definían la vida como un don divino, y si alguien cometía el vergonzoso acto del suicidio, su cadáver sería sometido a juicio. Estos juicios a menudo terminaban con el brutal desmembramiento del cuerpo en las manos de los furiosos pueblerinos.

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry
Moving time / hora de la mudanza

Esta es la fuente del terror en “Lot 13”, una miniserie muy prometedora del escritor Steve Niles y el artista Glenn Fabry. Las primeras páginas capturaron mi atención de inmediato, y ciertamente me hicieron reflexionar sobre los fanáticos religiosos que todavía encontramos hoy en día. No obstante, la historia ocurre en el presente, siglos después de los horrendos eventos del condado Fairfax.

Después de años de ahorrar dinero, una familia de clase media ha comprado una casa y se prepara para mudarse a los suburbios. El padre y la madre parecen ser una pareja amorosa, lidiando con la rebeldía y el cinismo de sus dos hijas adolescentes y su hijo en plena pubertad.

Cuando llegan a la nueva casa se dan cuenta que está siendo fumigada, y no estará lista por un par de días. Después de un largo viaje, deciden que lo mejor que pueden hacer es quedarse en un viejo edificio en donde alquilan habitaciones por una tarifa muy reducida. Pero lo que ellos no saben es que las almas corruptas del condado Fairfax también son inquilinos en este edificio.

Lot 13 # 1 - Steve Niles Glenn Fabry
inside the old building / dentro del viejo edificio

Siempre he admirado el arte de Glenn Fabry, pero por alguna razón en años recientes había hecho sólo portadas y poco o nada de arte interior. Esta vez, por suerte para nosotros, regresa como artista completo, y es un verdadero disfrute mirar sus páginas. Glenn ha hecho una investigación histórica y eso es evidente cuando vemos su página doble; la actitud de los pueblerinos, sus ropas (incluso sus dientes podridos, bastante comunes en esa era) y su ira colectiva se funden en una poderosa y preciosa imagen. En la página subsiguiente podemos observar el estallido de locura de los pueblerinos y los cuerpos mutilados de aquellos considerados culpables del pecado definitivo: el suicidio. El estilo único de Glenn adquiere aún más coherencia cuando dibuja a lápiz y entinta todo su trabajo, pero esta vez no está a cargo del color. Adam Brown es el colorista y hace un muy buen trabajo con los diferentes ambientes, e incluso con el tono de la piel y el maquillaje de una de las chicas.


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