Title: Border Town (2018-) #2
Publisher: Vertigo / DC
Script: Eric M. Esquivel
Pencils: Ramon Villalobos
Inks: Ramon Villalobos
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: After barely surviving a supernatural showdown at Jack in the Box, the kids regroup over nachos to debate what to do when your town is overrun by monsters of myth. Frank’s freaked and wants to go to the cops! Julietta can’t because her family’s undocumented. Aimi wants to know the secrets of the underworld! And Quinteh might just be hungry. Meanwhile, El Chupacabra crosses the border between worlds, bringing with him an unspeakably terrifying force to Devil’s Fork.
After the over-the-top events that took place last issue, our team of teens have regrouped and are working to find a solution to their mythical monster problem. On the other side of the ‘border,’ the mythical monsters of Mexican folklore, and their leader, are not happy with the Chupacabra and its antics, and before long, bad things start to happen…again.
While the mythical monsters are a marvel to look at, and a pleasure to read about, Border town is a character-driven series that’s filled with authentic personalities and voices. The opening scene of this book answere a question that has surely been on the mind of readers: why is Quinteh wearing a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling mask? The answer is impressive and thought-provoking and showcases Eric M. Esquivel’s writing abilities. Esquivel’s greatest strength, as a writer, or so it appears thus far, is his ability to craft well-rounded characters and provide them with, as I mentioned earlier, authentic voices.
Ramon Villalobos’ skills as an illustrator are put on full display here in Border Town #2, and there is one scene in particular, that showcases a whole slew of mythical baddies, that justifies the price of admission. This two-page spread is a joy to look at; Villalobos’ highly-detailed illustrations give readers good reason to stop and stare.
The Bottom Line:
Sure, it’s satirical, but at it’s core, Border Town is an exciting, character-driven story that’s packed tight with monsters from Mexican folklore, teenage angst, and believable characters that drive an impressive story. The team keeps up the great work in Border Town #2; here’s to continuing Vertigo’s newfound success.