July 27, 2011

Old Man Logan parts 5 & 6

cover / portada
Fifty years ago, all super-heroes were murdered. Everyone knows that, but nobody knows what was the villains secret weapon. Traveling throughout the United States, from Hulkland, to the kingdom of the Kingpin, and to Doom’s Lair, Logan and Clint Barton (AKA Hawkeye) have seen wrecked towns, skeletons of giants, decay, evidences that something very sinister and awful had happened. Now, it’s time to wonder exactly how it happened.


Clint asks Logan to confide in him, and Logan, either too desperate or to tired, decides to share his memories, memories he had long buried. A major plot twist takes place in chapter five, as Logan tells Clint what exactly happened the night Wolverine died, the night he sheathed his claws for the last time.








Enemies / enemigos
McNiven’s pages combine the aesthetic effort of the true artist with the violence and savagery required by the script. The brutal dance of bodies, the decapitation, the blood, the mutilation, it all conveys one greater image of death. Death is, after all, the remaining constant in Old Man Logan. As has been explained by psychoanalysts like Jacques Lacan, there comes a time in which real death, the biological extinction is not enough, and thus a symbolic death becomes necessary. That is why every culture in the world honors the death, and carries out specific rites in order to do so. What Logan has been trying to say all this time is that, by overlapping the usual order, he has summoned a symbolic death for his old self. Wolverine, the X-Man, the fighter, the “best there is at what he does” is dead. 






Action / acción
As the journey progresses, Logan and Clint are aided by Emma Frost, the most powerful psychic of the world. Age has caught up with her, but she refuses to accept that and so projects an image of youth onto the minds of everyone in the Forbidden Quarter, near Doom’s Lair. Logan and Hawkeye get closer to New Babylon, and go through Pym Falls, just as Hammer Falls is the place in which Mjolnir fell down (as can be seen in the first post), Pym Falls is the avenger’s final ground.


Published under the ‘parental advisory’ banner, Old Man Logan portrays a cruel and harsh reality that could never be published in the ‘normal’ Marvel Universe. New Babylon (formerly New York City) is a haven for morally reprehensible businesses. The streets are swarmed by prostitutes, both male and female, as can be attested by the signs under Red Skull’s statue (in neon lights one of them says ‘girls’ and the other one says ‘boys’), and even a transvestite can be seen in one of the frames. 


What was Clint Barton’s precious cargo? And who can they trust in such a corrupted city?      
composition / composición
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Wolverine versus Bullseye
Hace cincuenta años, todos los súper-héroes fueron asesinados. Lo que nadie sabe es qué arma secreta usaron los villanos para conseguir su cometido. Desde Hulkland a la Guarida de Doom, pasando por el reino de Kingpin, Logan y Clint Barton (Hawkeye) han visto ciudades destrozadas, esqueletos de gigantes, decadencia, evidencias de algo siniestro y terrible. Ahora, es el momento de preguntarse qué fue lo que sucedió.


Clint le pide a Logan que confíe en él; y Logan, tal vez por la desesperación o el cansancio, decide compartir sus memorias, recuerdos que había enterrado hacía mucho. Un importante giro argumental tiene lugar en este quinto capítulo cuando Logan le revela a Clint lo que sucedió la noche en que Wolverine murió, la noche en la que retrajo sus garras por última vez.




Death of the X-Men / la muerte de los X-Men


cover / portada
Las páginas de McNiven combinan el esfuerzo estético del verdadero artista con la violencia y el salvajismo sugeridos por el guión. La brutal danza de cuerpos, las decapitaciones, la sangre, la mutilación, todo genera una fuerte imagen de muerte. La muerte es, después de todo, la única constante que permanece en Old Man Logan. Psicoanalistas como Jacques Lacan explicarían que la muerte real, la extinción biológica, a veces no es suficiente, y por tanto una muerte simbólica se hace necesaria. Es por ello que todas las culturas del mundo honran a sus muertos y tienen ritos funerarios. Lo que Logan ha intentado hacer todo este tiempo es, intercambiando el orden habitual, convocar la muerte simbólica para su vieja identidad. Wolverine, el hombre X, el peleador, ha muerto.






Emma Frost (White Queen)
En el transcurso del viaje, Logan y Clint son ayudados por Emma Frost, la más poderosa psíquica del mundo. La edad la ha alcanzado, pero ella se rehúsa a aceptar los años, así es que proyecta una imagen de juventud en las mentes de todos los que están en el Forbidden Quarter, cerca de la Guarida de Doom. Logan y Hawkeye se acercan a New Babylon, y atraviesan Pym Falls; al igual que Hammer Falls es el lugar donde Mjolnir cayó (como puede verse en el primer post), este es el último lugar que pisó el vengador.
Pym Falls


New Babylon
Publicado bajo el sello de lectores adultos, Old Man Logan retrata una cruel y dura realidad que nunca podría ser publicada en una colección Marvel 'normal'. New Babylon (antiguamente la ciudad de New York) es un refugio para negocios moralmente criticables. Las calles están inundadas de prostitutas y prostitutos, como puede comprobarse por los carteles bajo la estatua de Cráneo Rojo (en luces de neón uno de ellos dice 'chicas' y el otro 'chicos'), e incluso un travesti puede verse en una de las viñetas. 


¿En qué consistía el valioso cargamento de Clint Barton? ¿Y en quién se podrá confiar en una ciudad corrupta?

4 comments:

  1. Este es uno de los mejores comics que ha habido ultimamente de mi mutante favorito.

    Gracias por pasarte por mi blog y me alegra que te haya gustado.

    Ya te has ganado un seguidor más de tu blog ^_^

    Saludos

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  2. Estamos de acuerdo, es una saga realmente extraordinaria.

    Gracias por el comentario, espero que sigas visitando el blog.

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  3. You know the enemies page was just a proof of how Millar does not know Jackshit about X-men villains or power levels in general.
    I mean let's take only 3 of these guys,
    Sabretooth: this guy while kind of manageable for Logan to fight , is still a friggin monster whether in mind or body & KNOWS how to destabilise Wolvie
    Omega red: this is the supersoldier that can manage himself against a team so you bet if Wolvie can do that much, especially against the death spores
    Lady Deathstrike: It's already hard to beat her in solo , so her plus a team...

    Stryfe: Okay , forget the group THIS guy on his own stomps Wolverine like a martial artist would crush an ant. Stryfe is a powerful TK/TP user & he is in the Team wreckers class of villains. In fact Wolvie would have his claws shoved down his own ass before moving a foot towards the guy.

    So for me the whole Wolvie beats all these guys on his own is just fucking ridiculous & shows the mary suish pandering of Hack Millar towards the character

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  4. I don't know if Logan has ever fought Sabretooth, Omega Red and Lady Deathstrike at the same time, but clearly this is not case. I've tried to avoid spoilers in case someone hasn't read the story, but if you have read it then you know he isn't fighting with any villains at all...
    Again, let's just keep it at that, I don't want to spoil the story.

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