Anung Un Rama (Hellboy)

casualgamer comes back with another, single request, and it’s quite a tasty one: Hellboy, the demonic superhero created by Mike Mignola. The hornless, bright red devil already appeared in two very good movies, portrayed by Ron Perlman. The first one acted as an origin story, with Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. fighting the evil sorcerer Grigori Rasputin and Hellboy facing his origins and true purpose, while the sequel, Hellboy: The Golden Army, was an intriguing and amazing picture that saw the B.P.R.D. square off against the vengeful fairy tale creatures led by elvian Prince Nuada, with Hellboy saving the world once again, and finally retiring from B.P.R.D. to live a “normal” life as a husband and a father with his beloved Liz Sherman. A threequel has been in development hell for quite some years now, but eventually Mignola announced an R-rated reboot starring David Harbour in the lead role. Waiting to see whether or not Harbour will be able to top Perlman’s performance, let’s take a look at the original Harbinger of the Apocalypse.

The demon known as Anung Un Rama (literally “and upon his brow is set a crown of flame“) was born from the unnatural relatioin between the English witch Sarah Hughes, a direct descendant of Sir Mordred and thus of the legendary King Arthur (thus making the demon himself the rightful King of England), and the demon lord Azzael (thus making the baby also the heir of the throne of Hell). Sarah had spent her life trying to save her soul repenting from her past as a witch, and on her deathbed, in 1617, she expressed the wish to die in the church of East Bromwich, with her two children, a nun and a pastor, by her side…but Azzael appeared to claim the soul he had been promised. Sarah was dragged to Hell, where her body was burnt, and only the demonic child she had conceived with Azzael in her youth remained. The demon lord named his son Anung Un Rama, and chopped his right hand off, attaching to its place the Right Hand of Doom, the only key able to control the outworldy entities known as the Ogdru Jahad. When the other demons learnt that Azzael was trying to control the Jahad, they attacked him, and right before being imprisoned in ice the devil sent his son to Earth to protect him from his rivals. The baby appeared on Tarmagant Island, in Scotland, the night of December 23, 1944: at the end of World War II, the sorcerer Rasputin summoned him on behalf of the Third Reich to use him to free his masters, the Ogdru Jahad, and turn the tides of the war. A group of Americans led by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm was investigating the ritual, and intercepted the creature. Realising the baby was different from a pure demon, Bruttenholm befriended him, and decided to take him along. He christened him “Hellboy”, and eventually adopted him. The discovery of Hellboy remained a secret, and the US Government, in the form of the secret organization for supernatural threats B.P.R.D., raised the child to become the greatest paranormal investigator ever existed. Taken to a secret base in New Mexico, Hellboy started his life among humans, and his training to become a B.P.R.D. operative.

While Hellboy grew up pretty fast, looking like a grown up man at age 8, his mind was still the one of a teenager, and he often questioned the authority of his superiors and instructors. He was taught the basics of exorcism, use of artifacts and magic, but he also received a combat training by the Torch of Liberty, a seasoned superhero who also gave him his trademark gun, the Good Samaritan. Thanks to his superhuman abilities, Hellboy became the primary agent of B.P.R.D., and travelled the world chasing Nazi scientists and sorcerers in hiding after the fall of the regime, mythological creatures such as werewolves and vampires, and even pagan deities and demonic creatures. It was while accomplishing difficult missions for the Bureau that Hellboy started finding something disturbing about his origins and his destiny: while assisting the medium Mister Tod in 1979, Hellboy met a Ogdru Hem, a child of the Ogdru Jahad, and this put him in contact with the horrors beyond space for the first time. Other missions followed this one, but Bruttenholm realised he had to tell Hellboy the truth about his nature. Just when he was about to tell him something crucial, however, Bruttenholm was killed by a frog monster, who was in turn slain by an angry Hellboy. Following the only lead he had from his adoptive father, who was speaking about the Cavendish Family right before dying, Hellboy collected his friends and fellow agents Abe Sapien (a human-fish hybrid) and Liz Sherman (a pyrokinetic girl with uncontrollable powers) and went to Cavendish Hall Manor, a legendary haunted house inhabited only by Mrs. Cavendish, an elderly widow who had lost her three sons in an expedition in the Arctic. Much to the agents’ surprise, Cavendish revealed to them that the expedition was led by Bruttenholm himself. What Hellboy didn’t know was that the Cavendish boys and the Professor had unwillingly awoken a Ogdru Hem, Sadu-Hem (the origin of the frog monsters), and most importantly Rasputin, who had manipulated events to lure Hellboy to Cavendish Hall and use him to bring the apocalypse and the Ogdru Jahad upon Earth. It was finally time for Hellboy to learn about his past…and to decide about his future, whether he would have sided with a humanity he didn’t belong to, or with cosmic abominations bent on destroying it.

Despite his demonic appearance, Anung Un Rama is a good-hearted and althruistic “man”, albeit quite childish and immature, still retaining the rebellious mind and character of a teenager. As Hellboy, he possesses superhuman strength, stamina and durability, being impervious to most damage, and being able to heal fast from apparently any kind of damage, including lethal one; he’s instinctively able to comprehend magic language and rituals, and his B.P.R.D. training also made him a proficient exorcist and relics and artifacts user, as well as an amateur magic user; an expert in armed and unarmed combat, he uses any kind of weapon, from sacred relics to his oversized revolver the Good Samaritan to blades (including the legendary sword Excalibur) in his missions; his right hand has been replaced with the Right Hand of Doom, the limb of the deceased god Anum, and it’s able to free the Ogdru Jahad from their extradimensional prison and unleash Ragnarok on Earth. A living contradiction, Hellboy is a devil who feels true love and empathy towards humans, and he hides behind the facade of a gritty tough guy with a harsh sense of humour the fear he’s eventually going to be used to destroy the world he loves so much.

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Ethan Roark Jr. (The Yellow Bastard)

yellowbastardfilmWell, I’ve finally watched Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (yes, I’m late, but in Italy distribution companies don’t believe in August), and there’s still one character that appeared in the movie, and that I didn’t write about. When Nancy Callahan finally reaches Senator Roark‘s villa, she enters the politician’s atelier, a room which shows an interesting painting, featuring a gruesome yellow guy. Roark clarifies the monster is his deceased son, who also appears in a flashback played by Nick Stahl. The character was one of the main villains of the first movie, and he was the one that gave the That Yellow Bastard episode its title. He’s portrayed as a pervert almost killed by Detective Hartigan, who later tries to claim vengeance on both him and the girl he saved, Nancy, but ends up being killed for good. In the comics, his story is pretty much the same, but let’s see together.

The main power in Basin City, and one of the greatest in the entire United States, was the Roark family, whose members gained important yellowbastardcomics1key positions in politics, economy, even religion. Ethan Jr. was born in this family, raised as the crown prince of his father’s kindgom. His father happened to be the most powerful member of the most powerful family of the State, a cruel man who had become a U.S. Senator, and who planned for his son a future as President. Junior grew up in this dream of his father, with all the self-awareness that being untouchable brought along. A young, wealthy and influent man, Ethan Jr. built for himself the public image of a playboy, a life-loving heir who enjoyed the company of women and friends. Obviously, reality was a little bit different: Roark was a murderous pedophile, a pervert who raped extremely young girls (usually not older than 10-11 years) and killed them, counting on the connivance of his father’s lackeys to make the bodies disappear and to cover everything up. Also the Police Department was on Senator Roark’s paybill, so he could be sure that nobody would have hunted him for his crimes…until he found one of the very few honest cops in town, Detective Hartigan. Despite being constantly misled by his partner, Bob, Hartigan ended up catching him with his hands in the cooking jar, as he had just kidnapped another girl, Nancy Callahan, and was about to rape and kill her as well. Hartigan cornered Roark at the docks, saved the girl, and repeatedly shot the young man, taking away his right hand, his left hear and his genitals. When he was about to deliver the finishing blow, however, he was stopped by Bob, and Roark was taken in by his father’s men. Senator Roark ordered the press to change the story, and Hartigan was depicted as the one who had killed all those girls. Meanwhile, the Senator spent much of his fortune to guarantee his son the best surgeons and doctors around.

In some years, finally Junior was back on his feet, with everything in the right place thanks to reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately, the heavy yellowbastardcomics2ormonal therapy he went through had some major side effect, such as tainting his skin in yellow, modifying his facial traits, and giving him an extremely stinking perspiration. Only one thing had kept Junior alive for all the years of rehabilitation and interventions: his deep hatred towards Hartigan, and his thirst towards the only victim who had escaped his grip, Nancy. In order to catch them both, first of all he had to make Hartigan get out of prison, where he was paying the crimes Roark committed: he started intercepting Nancy’s letters to the former detective, making him believe the girl was in danger somehow. Hartigan ended up confessing Roark’s crimes, everything in order to be allowed to get out of prison. Unable to locate Nancy, Junior followed Hartigan to Kadie’s Bar, where he finally found the girl, now 19 years old, who was working there as a stripper. Seeing the girl was alive and well, Hartigan realised he had been tricked, but it was too late: Roark now had them both, and followed them as they tried to escape. During the ride, Hartigan managed to shoot the Yellow Bastard, as he called their pursuer, but Roark survived, and reached them at Mimi’s, a motel. Roark incapacitated Hartigan, and hanged him to the ceiling fan, with only a stool to bear his weight. He meanwhile kidnapped Nancy, and brought her to the family farm, a place isolated enough in which he could claim his vengeance at peace…

Ethan Roark Jr. is a cruel sadist, a pervert who enjoys torturing, raping and killing young girls; he gets aroused by hearing the screams of pain and fear of his little preys, but he only reaches the climax of pleasure killing them. His violent tendencies are somehow justified by his father, who’s always ready to cover up everything he does, an attitude that created an unprecedented arrogance in Junior. As the Yellow Bastard, the treatments have taken a lot from him, but also gave him something in return, and Roark has his strength, durability and stamina augmented over normal levels due to the eccess of testosterone. Completely deranged, absolutely cruel, Ethan Roark Jr. represents everything that is rotten and putrid in one of the most corrupted cities in the world.

Bob

bobfilmTime for the last character appeared in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (the pic sucks, but I couldn’t find anything better): Bob, portrayed in the film by Jeremy Piven. He appears as the partner of poor Mort, who loses his mind because of Ava Lord‘s seduction and eventually arrives to the point of killing his own partner, who had understood what the woman was hiding behind the official story of her husband’s death. The character already appeared in the first Sin City, this time portrayed by Michael Madsen: in here, he was a crooked cop who betrayed his partner John Hartigan, shooting him and framing him for the murder and rape of several girls. He then somewhat repented of what he had done, and he was the one to pick Hartigan up from the prison when he came out, years after. Apart from the last part, Bob’s role in the comics is practically identical, but let’s see together.

If someone had to do a rank of the most honest Police Departments in the world, Basin City Police Department surely wouldn’t feature in the first places; probably, it wouldn’t feature at all. With all the officers and the agents selling themselves to the best offerers, the policemen had to chose between the local Mob boss, Herr Wallenquist, or the Roark family. Bob chose the second ones, and since he was a young cop he worked with a double pay slip. He quickly rose to the rank of detective, and was partnered with an experienced officer near retirement: John Hartigan, an old-style scarred detective. Unfortunately for Bob, Hartigan was also one of the very few honest policemen in the entire city. In a way or the other, Bob and Hartigan managed to get along, especially because, corruption bobcomics1apart, Bob was able to be a cunning and professional detective. The point of rift between the two arrived when a serial killer started raping and murdering quite a number of prepubescent girls: the command ordered Bob and Hartigan to investigate, but only following the directive given by Senator Roark. While Hartigan was sincerely trying to find the killer, Bob, paid by Roark, hid the evidence that pointed to Roark’s pervert son Junior. With or without the help of his partner, Hartigan managed to corner Roark Jr., and when Bob tried to stop him once again, he knocked him out with a punch. When Bob woke up, he followed his partner, and found him towering over Roark: he had shot him thrice, taking off his left ear, his genitalia and his right hand. Following his investement, Bob shot Hartigan three times, but the old cop didn’t even fall, and tried to shoot Bob in return: at that point, the crooked cop shot his old friend five other times, missing his heart by pure chance (Hartigan had broken his glasses with the previous punch). He then proceeded to call some help for Roark and to arrest his barely living partner, framing him for the rich boy’s crimes. He never saw John Hartigan again.

Some sort of cosmic irony declared that Bob’s new partner would have been Mort, Hartigan’s best friend, and the second honest cop in Basin City Police Department. The relation with Mort was even more complicated than the one with Hartigan, since Mort, who kept his contacts with his friend, guessed what had happened during the Roark affair. In a way or the other, the two of them managed to work together, until they received an important assignment: billionaire Damian Lord had been killed, and his wife Ava claimed the murderer was a jealous ex-lover, bobcomics2Dwight McCarthy. While working on the case, it became clear to Bob that Ava was hiding something, and he started suspecting her. Mort, however, had been seduced by the widow, and was incapable of thinking clearly. Whenever Bob tried to share his suspects about Ava, Mort reacted violently, and when Mort started talking nonsense about going to the Old Town to kill McCarthy, Bob became sure his partner had been compromised by the woman. Determined to arrest the real murderer (Ava) and to save the innocent (Dwight), Bob tried to turn Mort in, meanwhile attempting to dissuade him from going to the dangerous Old Town. Mort, now completely mad, shot Bob with a single bullet to his head, and then proceeded to kill himself. Ironically enough, one of the most corrupted cops in all Sin City had died because, for once, he was trying to do the right thing.

Bob is a smart and calculating man, always trying to get the major profit from even the hardest situations. Trained as a police officer, Bob doesn’t excel in sniping or hand-to-hand combat, having always preferred to rely on his brain rather than his braw. The only morality Bob accepts is convenience, and he is ready and eager to do anything for anyone, if that means some interest for him.

Dallas

dallasfilmAmong the returning characters in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For we find Dallas, the unique prostitute portrayed by Patricia Vonne (who is, in real life, director Robert Rodriguez‘ sister, by the way). She appears only as a background character, on the frontline of a quintet of Old Town‘s snipers, showing the girls’ prowess with firearms to the unwanted male visitors. She already appeared in Sin City, even if her name was credited just as Zorro Girl at the beginning. She was featured briefly in The Hard Goodbye storyline (she’s one of the many girls interrogating a captured Marv) and, especially, in The Big Fat Kill, where we see her meet her demise. Also in the comics she’s not exactly one of the most relevant characters, quite the opposite, and she makes herself noticed only because of her peculiar dresses. Anyway, let’s see together Dallas’ story in the comicbooks.

As all the grown up girls in Basin City (the poor ones, at least), the young woman who would have become known as Dallas had to make a choice for her life: either to try her luck and to accompany herself to a powerful and influent man, or to join the Girls of Old Town, the local prostitutes. For whoever valued her freedom and independence, the choice was quite simple, and Dallas chose the Old Town. She followed The Twins in the rebellion against Wallenquist and the Mob, and witnessed the first days of real freedom of the Girls. Finally, every prostitute in Sin City was working for herself, and taking care one of the other. As all her colleagues, Dallas had to find a “specialisation”, to become what a specific category of costumers required, and she picked up the wildest and weirdest Far West fantasies. Dressed like a cowgirl, or even as Zorro, she was ready to satisfy the bizarre masquerades fantasized by her clients, even if they didn’t know that the guns she always had with herself weren’t part of the costume, but perfectly functioning Colts, and that she was one of the best shooters in the Old Town. Because of that, Dallas received also a special consideration from The Twins and, even more, by their second in dallascomics1comand, Gail, who often wanted Dallas in the environs when something big was up. It happened when a wounded Dwight McCarthy arrived to the Old Town asking for help: while the big ones were deciding what to do, Dallas witnessed the scene with her guns ready. When someone started killing the Girls, and the giant Marv was captured and taken in to be interrogated, Dallas once again was there, ready to act if something went wrong.

Dallas took quite an active role during the events that almost destroyed the Old Town. When Police detective Jack Rafferty was killed since he was becoming violent with one of the girls, Gail, who was by then the leader of the Old Town (following Goldie‘s death), studied a plan with Dwight to get rid of the body, thus avoiding to give a chance to the Mob to use the incident to destroy the girls’ independence. When everything was set up, Dallas briefly spotted Becky, one of the youngest girls, making a phone call, despite Gail had forbidden any contact with the world outside Old Town: she tried to make Becky hang up, but she told her it was a phone call to her old, sick mother, and Dallas agreed to make an ecception (a choice she would have regretted, since Becky was instead calling Wallenquist, in order to make a deal and to sell her companions to the Mob). Dallas didn’t pay too much attention to the episode also because she had been chosen for a very delicate mission: she would have been the driver to take Dwight and Miho, the girls’ “guardian”, to the Tar Pits, where they would have hidden Rafferty’s body and foiled Wallenquist’s plans to send the entire Basin City Police Department to shut Old Town’s activities. Unfortunately, Becky’s call had already been received, and while a taskforce led by Manute broke into the Old Town and took Gail hostage, some Irish mercenaries at dallascomics2the orders of a guy named Brian awaited for the trio at the Pits. The battle was quite quick, and as Miho was taken care of with a grenade (she would have taken her revenge a few minutes later) and Dwight sank into the Pits, Dallas was shot and killed by Ronnie, one of the mercenaries. The life of one of the mistress of old town thus ended with a failed mission, blood and tar.

Dallas is a silent and serious girl, a warrior of a woman constantly dressed up as a cowgirl or as some picturesque Mexican-like fantasy girl. Dallas is deeply committed to the Old Town and its leaders, and is ready to follow any order coming from Gail or The Twins. She’s very proficient in the use of her Colt pistols, and she’s ready to use them anytime she has to defend her fellow Girls. Loyal and cold-blooded, Dallas always does what she thinks is necessary for the safety of the haven she and the other girls have built for themselves.

Liebowitz

LiebowitzAnother secondary character made an unexpected return in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: when Johnny, in The Long Bad Night story, is taken in by the police, an old acquaintance warmly suggests him to leave town. It’s Lt. Liebowitz, portrayed by Jude Ciccolella. Liebowitz appears once again in Nancy’s Last Dance to warn Senator Roark about Nancy Callahan‘s mental state and location. Liebowitz was also in the first movie, and was the one “welcoming” John Hartigan in prison during That Yellow Bastard episode. If the first movie’s events are portrayed identically to the comics, his role in the sequel is a pretty new one, since the two stories he appears in are original. On the other hand, there’s still something of him the movies didn’t tell yet. Let’s see together.

Basin City Police Department wasn’t exactly the most honest and upright in the country, quite the opposite: most of the agents and officers were on the paybook of the Roark family or of boss Wallenquist, the two most influent powers in town. A few key people were on the paybook of both. Lt. Liebowitz was a vulgar and brutal man, whose attitude had brought him to the failure of his marriage; with two kids to take care of, Liebowitz just needed more money than Uncle Sam paid him. When the occasion arrived, Liebowitz agreed to work for both the Roarks and The Kraut, getting an extra from one or the other depending on the assignments he got. The results of his choice were immediately visible: not only he could send his son Josh and his daughter liebowitzcomics1Hannah to good schools, but he also got promoted to the rank of Commissioner. In exchange, he only had to cover up the business of some of the city’s worst criminals, and to make some people “disappear”. When John Hartigan, a fellow police officer, shot down the son of Senator Roark, his partner Bob shot him in turn and framed him for the murder of several girls to protect Roark Junior, the real responsible. To make his son get away with it, Roark entrusted Hartigan’s “interrogation” to Liebowitz, who was at the time his most trusted man in the district. Roark needed Hartigan to confess to be the raper and killer of all the dead girls, something that the old detective refused to do. Every day, Liebowitz took him out of his prison cell, and savagely beat him until he was barely alive. Than, he called in Tammy, a prostitute nurse he had “rent” from the Old Town, and had her treat him to be in shape for the next day’s beating. Being a brutal man from the beginning, Liebowitz quite enjoyed this new job, and considered it almost a hobby. When, years later, Hartigan finally confessed and was released (he did this to protect Nancy, who was in danger), Liebowitz was quite sad he had lost his favorite diversion.

Being on Wallenquist’s payroll meant, for Liebowitz, to be also at the boss’ right hand man’s disposal. The Kraut’s second in command was an intimidating and cruel man simply known as The Colonel, a former assassin for hire who ran many of Wallenquist’s operations; among these, there was an organ harvesting ring, one of The Kraut’s most profitable business. Unfortunately, a deranged stranger called Wallace had decided to declare war to The Colonel. liebowitzcomics2The weird part was that he was actually winning it. The Colonel resolved to call in all the possible allies, included the Basin City Police Department. The situation was quite desperate, since Wallace proved to be a man of unlimited resources, and The Colonel decided to use means of persuasion stronger than usual. He had one of his assassins, Mariah, kidnap Josh Liebowitz in front of his school, and to assure his father cooperated, he made her break his arm to show the good Commissioner he was acting seriously. Liebowitz finally showed his true colors and allegiance, and the moment his family was attacked, he reacted readily: he mobilitated the entire Department, and assaulted the factory in which The Colonel was running his business. During the operation, Liebowitz had most of The Colonel’s men killed, with only Mariah managing to escape, and he himself arrested the Colonel. When he found himself prisoner of his former subordinate, the gangster started mouthing off to him, something that Liebowitz didn’t apreciate at all: with his son now safe, the Commissioner executed The Colonel without the slightest remorse. Following this event, Mariah suggested Wallenquist to kill the police officer in retaliation, but The Kraut told her he could have found some future use for the policeman, who had his life spared.

Liebowitz is a violent and sadistic man, who enjoys abusing of his power as a police officer. Extremely strong and durable, Liebowitz is a mountain of a man, whose muscles have been turned into phat by the years. Despite his look and his attitude, Liebowitz is sincerely attached to his family: whoever threatens his children is as good as dead, and will be hunted down by one of the most formidable forces the law enforcement has to offer.

Goldie and Wendy (The Twins)

thetwinsfilmI almost forgot: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been released (in Italy we’ll have to wait another month for that as well), and that means there are plenty of new pics to chose from. Let’s start from a very known couple, that only briefly appeared on screen this time: the rulers of Old Town, the sisters Goldie and Wendy, both portrayed, thanks to CGI magic, by Jaime King. In the sequel/prequel, they appear in the A Dame to Kill For story, where they decide to kill a wounded Dwight McCarthy, who happened to be out of the allowed territory, only to be stopped by two other prostitutes. They both appeared in the first movie already: in The Hard Goodbye, Goldie seduces Marv to have a protector for the night, but the brute fails and she is killed (Wendy later tries to kill Marv, believing he’s responsible for her sister’s death, but eventually she teams up with him to find the real murderer). As all the Sin City characters, both of them have more or less the same role and storyline in the comics. Let’s see together.

In Basin City, there’s always been a place to have fun with girls without troubling with too much responsibility or romance: the Old Town, the block in which the best prostitutes from all over the country gathered and worked. The Old Town, however, was one of the many territories (and business) under the rule of Wallenquist, the unchallenged boss of the city’s organised criminality. With thetwinscomics1Wallenquist in charge, the girls had no right, their wages were almost entirely taken by the boss’ men, they got killed and abused anytime they didn’t satisfy a client the way he asked, they had no protection from violent costumers. Finally, two leaders rose to change things: The Twins, a couple of prostitutes named Goldie and Wendy who led a rebellion against Wallenquist and his men, leading the girls to war, teaching them how to defend themselves, how to kill, how to survive. Unexpectedly, the now-called Girls of Old Town won the battle, and freed themselves from Wallenquist’s grip. They started ruling themselves, protecting one each other, keeping everything they earned and putting it at disposal of the other girls for any necessity. Goldie and Wendy, regarded as the freedom fighters of Old Town, were chosen as the unofficial rulers of the block, taking up to them the “political” decisions. Most of the girls were thankful enough for what The Twins had done that their authority over Old Town was literally undisputed, and they eventually created some sort of big family, in which everyone had to do her part, but in which everyone also cared for everyone else.

The first strong opposition to The Twins’ decision occured when private eye Dwight McCarthy arrived in the Old Town after being thetwinscomics2severely wounded by Ava Lord, a treacherous ex-lover. Molly, the Girls’ nurse, started treating him, but the Twins strongly opposed it, not wanting any man in their territory: Gail, who had been Dwight’s lover for a while, and Miho, who had been saved by Dwight some year before, refused to send the man away, and obliged their leaders to allow him to spend the recovery time in the Old Town. Little by little, even the Old Town was becoming some sort of a democracy, a transition The Twins were ready to accompany. Unfortunately, some time after the events involving McCarthy, a serial killer started hunting down the Girls, who disappeared without leaving any trace. Goldie started investigating on her own, and found out that behind the murders there was one of the most powerful men of Basin City and of the entire country: Cardinal Patrick Roark, a famous and influent clergyman. Roark understood he had been discovered and sent his silent, deadly assassin Kevin after Goldie, who didn’t want to put in danger her sister or the other girls, and decided to look for protection at Kadie’s, a renowned bar. She picked up the biggest brute she could find, Marv, and seduced him, spending the night with him: Kevin, however, managed to sneak in their room and to kill her without waking Marv up, thus foiling her plans. From that moment, Wendy started a fierce hunt to punish the man who had killed her beloved sister, leaving for the moment the rule of the Old Town, blinded by pure rage.

The Twins are without a doubt the most influent and important members of the Girls of Old Town. They lead with strength their community, but they are able to care of the other girls like older sisters would, creating a strong and united group nobody dares to challenge anymore. Goldie is more cunning and calculating, while Wendy is more hot-blooded and impulsive; they both are expert in the use of firearms, and are able to defend themselves just as they taught their girls. Strong and determined, the Twins will do everything they can to prevent the Girls to come back to the old situation.

Damien Lord

Damien LordAnother character revealed in the new trailers for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and even this one is a minor but pivotal one: we’re speaking of Damien Lord, portrayed by Marton Csokas. Unfortunately, as it’s perfectly understandable even from the trailer, the only goal his presence has in the movie is dying, so that the major events of the main episode will take a start: don’t get too fond of this guy (not that there were some risk). In the trailer, we see him standing from his chair to face Dwight McCarthy, while his beloved wife Ava prompts her lover to kill her husband. Such a lovely couple. Damien won’t appear much more than in this sequence only, and also in the comics his role isn’t a wide one at all, with the best part of his life taking place behind the scenes. Let’s see together.

Born in Basin City, Damien Lord managed to build a fortune using both his family patrimony and his smell for business, soon becoming one of the few multi-millionaires in town, and likely the only one who didn’t indulge in non-legal operations to keep or expand his assets. In order to live the quite life he dreamt of, Damien needed to take a distance from the most violent and corrupted city in the world, and built for himself Lord Mansion, a huge classic-style villa outside the city, a haven in which he could come back after his days of work. With all his money, he soon came in damienlordcomics1contacts with Wallenquist and the Roark Family, the two major powers in Sin City, but although his stubborn refusal of extra-legal operations alienated the Roarks from him, Wallenquist easily found some compromise that could have been accepted also by a rigid man such as Lord (despite, of course, he would have liked him to be more…indulgent towards certain kind of business). Dealing with Wallenquist wasn’t a safe investment, even and especially for honest men like Damien, and he feared that The Kraut would have soon tried to convince him in stronger ways than he had tried before. He bought a gun for himself to keep in his atelier, and he also hired a bodyguard, Manute, a hulkling and loyal brute who took very seriously the task of protecting him. Unfortunately for Damien, ruin would have come from the only corner he didn’t expect it to.

Damien Lord was rich and influent, but he started feeling the lack of a companion at his side. As if she had heard his needs, the perfect woman appeared: Ava, a goddess-like creature who seemed to be able to embody everything Damien wanted from a woman. In no time, Damien fell in love with Ava, and soon married her. At first, life for Damien was heaven, with Ava always staying by his side, getting interested in everything he did, always asking him to share the burden of his life with her; soon, however, Damien realised his wife was just getting the informations she needed about the management of his patrimony, plotting to take his place. Despite knowing this, he still loved her, and found himself unable to send her away. The first signals of Ava’s betrayal were spotted by Damien when a private investigator who was also an ex-lover of Ava, Dwight McCarthy, got caught by Manute while spying on the Mansion: Damien had Manute torture Dwight, damienlordcomics2perfectly knowing that he as well, as the same Manute did, had fallen into the trap of Ava’s charme. When Dwight came a second time, he was prepared, and had brought the hulkling Marv with him to take care of Manute. Damien waited for Dwight in his atelier, and when the private eye came, they talked briefly about Ava, before Damien pulled out his gun and tried to kill the intruder. Dwight, faster and stronger, disarmed him and beat him to death, without stopping, without remorse. Only when Damien was dead, the appearance of Ava made it clear that all the stories about her abusive marriage were lies, and that she had manipulated Dwight, Manute and Damien so that she would have been able to inherit Lord’s fortune.

Damien Lord is quite a rarity in Sin City: a multi-millionaire businessman who has built his fortune (mostly) through honest means, refusing to bend himself to the unspoken rule of the town, in which illegality was the true legality. Despite his strong character and his firm will, that distinguished him all his life, he’s proven to be as weak as a kitten in front of Ava’s ways of seduction, just another victim to a woman who uses men as her tools and then throws them away like rags.