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The Secret Service # 5 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons - *NSFW*

Written by Arion on Tuesday, February 12 2013 and posted in Reviews

In the first issue of “The Secret Service”, we saw a paramilitary group kidnapping Mark Hammill (famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy). In subsequent issues, several Hollywood superstars are also captured, and neither Jack nor Gary can figure out why anyone would go through all these problems without asking for a ransom afterwards.

Jack, the best spy of the British Crown, knows that the next in the list is Ridley Scott, a famous filmmaker and the creator of the “Alien” franchise, a well-known cultural icon. So what can be the link between Mark Hammill, Ridley Scott and the other superstars that have vanished from the face of the Earth? The answer, with the right touch of irreverence (something that we’ve all come to expect from the Irish writer) is funny and surprising. But don’t worry, I won’t spoil it here.

The Gary from this issue is completely different from the Gary we met on issue # 1. The young man has grown up, he is no longer the immature kid that had a bad relationship with his mother. Things have changed. But embracing his uncle Jack as a fatherly figure might also mean that mourning his death won’t be easy. In a violent ambush, Jack is murdered by the henchmen of the man behind the kidnappings, a man who has a secret plan to destroy the lives of 5 billion people in a matter of hours.
Dave Gibbons has some very good pages here: the sex scene between Jack and the villain’s wife is handled with subtlety, and the moment of Jack’s death is depicted with the necessary level of violence. With only one issue to go, there are many questions and mysteries that still need to be solved. I’m sure the last chapter will be quite memorable.

En el primer ejemplar de "El servicio secreto", vimos a un grupo paramilitar que había secuestrado a Mark Hammill (famoso por su rol como Luke Skywalker en la trilogía original de “La guerra de las galaxias”). En números subsiguientes, varias súper-estrellas de Hollywood son apresadas, y ni Jack ni Gary pueden adivinar por qué alguien raptaría a estas personas sin pedir un rescate después. 

Jack, el mejor espía de la Corona Británica, sabe que el próximo en la lista es Ridley Scott, un famoso cineasta y el creador de la franquicia de “Alien”, un conocido ícono cultural. Así que ¿cuál puede ser el vínculo entre Mark Hammill, Ridley Scott y otras súper-estrellas que se han desvanecido de la faz de la Tierra? La respuesta, con el toque justo de irreverencia (algo que todos esperamos del escritor irlandés) es divertida y sorprendente. Pero no se preocupen, no planeo arruinar la sorpresa.

The Secret Service # 5 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons
my drawing / mi dibujo

El Gary de este número es completamente diferente del Gary que conocimos en el # 1. El joven ha crecido, ya no es un chiquillo inmaduro que tenía una mala relación con su madre. Las cosas han cambiado. Pero tener al tío Jack como una figura paterna también significa que el luto por su muerte no será fácil. En una violenta emboscada, Jack es asesinado por los secuaces del hombre detrás de los secuestros, un hombre que tiene un plan secreto para destruir las vidas de 5 billones de personas en cuestión de horas. 

Dave Gibbons tiene algunas páginas muy buenas aquí: la escena de sexo entre Jack y la esposa del villano es manejada con sutileza, y el momento de la muerte de Jack es retratado con el nivel de violencia necesario. En el próximo número, el último, las preguntas y los misterios serán resueltos. De manera memorable, estoy seguro.


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