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Happy # 4 - Grant Morrison Darick Robertson

Written by Arion on Friday, March 29 2013 and posted in Reviews

Imaginary friends have a well-defined origin. Just like certain toys that function as transitional objects, an imaginary friend often serves a similar purpose. Happy, the blue horse, also personifies transition. For starters, Happy is the last remnant of Hailey’s childhood naiveté, but this cartoonish pet is also the motivation behind Nick’s transition. His characteristic cynicism and cruelty are slowly changing into commitment and responsibility.

The final confrontation between Nick and the pedophilic Santa Claus is quite brutal. In many ways, Nick Sax has been a character doomed since the opening frames of this miniseries. He’s a sick man, with a heart condition and someone who has been wounded and hospitalized more often than he would care to admit. Now, using his last energies, he does everything he can to preserve the lives –and innocence– of the captured children.

Happy # 4 - Grant Morrison Darick Robertson
Santa Claus on drugs / Papa Noel en drogas

This final issue has some truly thought-provoking moments: the confrontation between Nick and a depraved priest, whose job description, as Morrison brilliantly sums up, is to get in touch with something that doesn’t exist (and isn’t that the job of all priests in the world?). One of the best scenes here also involves a game with inexistent creatures and projections of our fantasy. Happy, as an imaginary friend, travels as fast and as far as he can go, and he rounds up thousands of imaginary friends from children all over the globe. And it’s thanks to the arrival of Happy’s reinforcements that Nick is able to finally kill Santa Claus. 

The ending of “Happy”, however, isn’t precisely about happiness. On the contrary, it’s quite sad, but it also makes perfect sense with the premises established since the opening chapter. Once again, Darick Robertson creates some truly exquisite art. From the great “Santa Claus on drugs” panel to the marvelous double page spread in which Happy and the cavalry surround Santa Claus. If you have been slightly unsatisfied with Morrison’s recent output from DC, then you must read “Happy”, it will restore your faith in the Scottish writer. I guarantee it.   

If you want to read more about Happy, click here: Happy # 1, Happy # 2 and Happy # 3.

Happy # 4 - Grant Morrison Darick Robertson
Nick Sax

Los amigos imaginarios tienen un origen bien definido. Al igual que ciertos juguetes que funcionan como objetos transicionales, un amigo imaginario a menudo desempeña un propósito similar. Happy, el caballo azul, también personifica la transición. Para empezar, Happy es el último remanente de la inocencia infantil de Hailey, pero esta caricaturesca mascota es también lo que motiva la transición de Nick. Su cinismo característico y su crueldad están cambiando lentamente en compromiso y responsabilidad.

La confrontación final entre Nick y el Papa Noel pedófilo es bastante brutal. Desde las secuencias iniciales de esta miniserie, Nick Sax ha sido un personaje condenado. Es un hombre enfermo, con problemas cardiacos y alguien que ha sido herido y hospitalizado más de la cuenta. Ahora, usando sus últimas energías, hace todo lo que puede para preservar las vidas -y la inocencia- de los niños capturados.

Happy # 4 - Grant Morrison Darick Robertson
Happy and the imaginary friends / Happy y los amigos imaginarios

Este número final tiene algunos momentos que nos invitan a la reflexión: la confrontación entre Nick y un cura depravado, su trabajo es descrito por Morrison con lucidez, se trata de ponerse en contacto con algo que no existe (¿y no es ese el trabajo de todos los curas del mundo?). Una de las mejores escenas involucra un juego con criaturas inexistentes y proyecciones de nuestra fantasía. Happy, al ser un amigo imaginario, viaja tan rápido y tan lejos como puede, y recluta a miles de amigos imaginarios de niños de todo el orbe. Y es gracias a la llegada de los refuerzos de Happy que Nick es capaz de matar, por fin, a Papa Noel.

El final de “Happy”, sin embargo, no es precisamente feliz. Por el contrario, es bastante triste, pero es coherente con las premisas establecidas desde el capítulo inicial. Una vez más, Darick Robertson crea un arte realmente exquisito. Desde el gran "Papa Noel en drogas" hasta la maravillosa página doble en la que Happy y la caballería rodean a Papa Noel. Si han estado ligeramente insatisfechos con la producción reciente de Morrison para DC, entonces deben leer “Happy”, restaurará vuestra fe en el escritor escocés. Garantizado.

Si quieren leer más, hagan click aquí:  Happy # 1Happy # 2 y Happy # 3.


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