Border Town #3
Mythology to Reality: Through raw teenage perspectives, Border Town has set a powerful stage for this story. We, the readers, are observing through the eyes of “American” people with Chicano identity, bi-racial, and multi-cultural diversity. The attitudes or reactions are challenged beyond individual discrimination as a popular Latin monstrous folklore becomes real after the creatures cross over the supernatural border to Devil’s Fork, AZ.
Irish-Mexican-American Francisco Dominguez, who calls himself Frank, along with fellow teenagers face various types of modern day tensions as they confront unknown creatures. Blake, a local bully with white supremacy characteristics is bitten by one of the monsters and he will never be the same again. The special part of Border Town #2 is that the great focus and background on Quinteh, He is a special character and maybe one of the superheroes of this story. Frank, Quinteh, Julietta, and Aimi find themselves questioning to report the “alien” attack. Quinteh realizes a connection to the creatures and the teenagers find themselves defending one creature.
As Vertigo relaunched their new line, Border Town is one of the best comic books of today. Eric M. Esquivel with artist, Ramon Villalobos honorably touch on some heavy issues of modern day Americans. There are many realism factors throughout issues #1 and #2 of Border Town that exposes the reader to current events relating to politics, immigration, different levels of racism, and bullying. The border in this story is not the fence (or) wall to separate Mexico and U.S.A. It refers to a “portal” between the humans and the World of Darkness. Esquivel and Villalobos provide a horrific twist to modern day events with enough mystery that intrigues the reader to wanting more.
As a child, I had the serendipitous desire of Aztec culture. It was like a drug to the addict without comprehension of the drug itself. Border Town #3, Eric M. Esquivel gives us a “hit” of that desire to learn more about another culture. Aztlan is the name of the mythical homeland of the Aztecs, the ancient Mesoamerican civilization also known as the Mexica. In various historian literatures, the mythical origin notes the Mexica left Aztlan at the behest of their GOD/ruler Huitzilpochtli, to find a new home in the Valley of Mexico. Whether the ancient Aztec land, Aztlan, was a real place or not is open to question.
This story streams around folklore Aztlan GOD, Lord Mictecacihtli. He ruled the underworld “Mictlan” with his wife Mictecacihatl and together they govern the “Land of the Dead” and took children sacrifices. Last issue, we noted that the Mictlantechtli was closely associated with owls, spiders, and bats. Now, Border Town #3, Equivel provides an excellent background story that connects the mythical Aztec-Mexica homeland of Aztlan to the current events in Devil’s Fork, Az.
The Aztlan’s witches / sorceresses, known as Las Brujas passed their knowledge and wisdom onto their descendant, today titled as “Curandera”, known as a witch doctor or healer. She gives the teens a crash course in the World of Darkness history that now ravages their Arizona town. The evil has once again passed through the supernatural border with monsters attacking Curandera’s shop in search of the mini-chupacabra that clings onto Quinteh. Julietta weaponized the police to show up and kill the monster, allowing them a way of escape. Curandera encourages the teens to stay an allow her to train them for the horror that is yet to come. In fear and uncertainty, they decline. However, Aimi has secrets and knowledge of her own.
Aimi’s character was a fresh of breath air with her dead on attitude and my superhero in this issue. Equivel’s story exposes some “common” descriptive levels of racial discrimination we experience in today’s America. Their school’s preserved vice principle shows how the ignorance of people incoherently and often verbalizes various types of discrimination. Take note of the picture in his office…typical.
Racism is shamefully taught, as we see a child learning from his father. Border Town #3 is the most extreme issue of the series yet, as some of Villalobos’s visuals are excitingly repulsive and distorted. Especially with the racist punk, Blake, who is infected by the supernatural bite noted in the last issue. His wound is spreading, resulting in the shedding of his skin as he turns into a demonic skeleton monster.
Border Town is the best supernatural comic book that I have read in quite some time, but this may not be for ill-minded hearts of ignorance. Through stages of sociological achievement, relating current events into fictional world, Border town #3 tackle many current topics that lead to human ignorance and different types of discrimination. It employs the reader how to overcome these negative social behaviors/teachings and learn how to be a better human by embracing the unfamiliar as true “American” people.
Great job with much respect to Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos and the rest of the team involved creating this awesome book!
Border Town #3 has everything the soul desires. I cannot wait to see more of the supernatural aspect in the next issue!
Border Town #3: Child Sacrifices
Writing - 9.5/109.5/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 8.5/108.5/10
Color - 8/108/10
Cover Art - 8/108/10
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