Border Town #3

Writer: Eric M Esquivel Artist: Ramon Villalobos Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 10
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5.3User Rating

The crazy old lady known only as La Curandera tells a tale that begins 500 years ago in the Aztec Empire at the peak of its strength and ends in her dirty little Arizona gift shop with four kids and a wayward Chupacabra, all of whom are meant to save the world from an ancient evil. Alas, it's a school night. But our heroes defy their destinies at tremendous cost when a new and yet very familiar foe is revealed.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 8, 2018

    Far more than just a "Southwestern Stranger Things" expect this series to clean up at The Eisners in 2019. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Nov 7, 2018

    Border Town continues to astonish on every page and shows no sign of stopping. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Andrew Martinez Nov 7, 2018

    I don't know if Border Town #3 can ward off the monsters in our world. I do know that it's a wonderful celebration of diverse cultures, histories, and traditions. For all those who dream of a world better than the one we live in, this series (and this issue) is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Nov 7, 2018

    Border Town #3 is powerful. The creators have something to say, and they aren't shy about it. The horror is undeniable, but there are moments of breathtaking beauty superimposed on that horror. There is plenty of action and also danger " these young people are vulnerable in so many ways, it keeps me on the edge of my seat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Nov 10, 2018

    Border Town is equal parts terrifying and relevant. Comics have long been a vehicle for exploring political issues and this one delves into racism in a way that really puts things in perspective. I realize I'm far from an expert with that, as I'm a white man, however there are several eye-opening scenes in this issue that show just how frightening the real world can be for people with a different skin color. It's saying something when the monsters aren't the scariest thing featured. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Nov 7, 2018

    This is not for the faint of heart. I mean, nothing from Vertigo is, but this book pulls no punches. There is an agenda here and it is on full display. I am not sure what the end game is here. I don't know if they plan for a long running series or if they have a way to wrap this up for us in a year or so in a way that makes us feel confused and amazed much like the brilliant Unfollow from a few years back. As long as this team is in control of the book, I will be excited for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Sequential Planet - Chris Terry Nov 9, 2018

    Border Town #3 could be the best so far. It has the political edge back and the artwork is so cinematic it is begging for a TV adaptation. Look out for the great final splash page. It is getting interesting...I mean...more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 7, 2018

    More heavy-handed than its predecessors but still fresh and character-driven, Border Town #3 makes its message clear while still managing to entertain and excite. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Nov 7, 2018

    'Border Town' is an uncompromising look at racism that has strong characters and great art. The book talks to its reader and not at them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 7, 2018

    For three issues now, Eric M. Esquivel has not only made this concept work but thrive at every conceivable turn. Illustrations of mutilation, terror, and warmth conjure a deep appreciation for the overall body of work. And, of course, the book ends with another hook that makes the next issue all the more anticipated. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 7, 2018

    The debut book from the relaunched Vertigo line continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises out of DC in a while, telling a story that deftly combines race issues and modern politics with cryptozoology and mythology. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Kate Sanchez Nov 7, 2018

    Although I found the story in this issue progressing nicely, I would have sacrificed a few pages of the introduction to the Mexica to understand Aimi's connection to brujeriaspecifically why she believes in it and enacts it so quickly. That being said it's an issue that keeps me engaged in the story and ready for issue number four which will be out next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Nicolas Duncan Nov 25, 2018

    Border Town #3 has everything the soul desires. I cannot wait to see more of the supernatural aspect in the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Rachel Acheampong Nov 13, 2018

    DC Vertigo has always highlighted bold voices with socially relevant and creative stories that appeal to all readers. Border Town talks about identity in a culture that is obsessed with borders, whether they be geographical, ideological, racial, or gendered, draped in modern satire and ancient folklore. It's a comic that strikes a balance in divisive times where logic and tolerance have become mutually exclusive. Who needs a wall when the monsters may already be living next door? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Nov 28, 2018

    Border Town reminds me of Stranger Things, but with Aztec mythology underneath Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Nov 9, 2018

    Things are just heating up in Devils Fork! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Nov 12, 2018

    So far in this new look Vertigo Border Town is by far their best chance to rekindle the magic that made them a publisher of promising new creators making groundbreaking titles. Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobo are clearly hungry to make names for themselves and are doing so by telling a story with a pointed voice and imagination characters that represent the diverse spirit of a new generation. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 8, 2018

    This is really bad. It makes every character a stereotype and yet the critics eat it up because it *dares* to address these "modern" issues. But it does so in such a one-sided and ridiculous fashion. Being outright wrong in some areas and just obnoxiously over the top in others.

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  • 2.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Nov 9, 2018

    Historians believe aliens created the pyramids because they are racist towards Egyptians, cops' biggest fear are black people, immensely ignorant white principals with zero manners. All preached to us by a hipster white dude who probably hasn't ever been discriminated against in his life. What a shitshow. It's a shame there are so many stupid lines like that, because I was into this book on the premise and art alone. You need to remember as a writer to remove your mindset from your "world changing" Twitter persona once in a while, especially if you choose to bring no new angles to the table and jump to conclusions.

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  • 2.0
    AkR Nov 12, 2018

    This title is getting more and more ridiculous by the issue. The characters are all incredibly unlikeable the world they live in is so over the top that their struggles are not relatabl. Once again this book is mired in bad dialogue and a glacial pace.

  • 2.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    I can’t even deal with how obnoxious and unsubtly written this comic has become. “It’s so racist of you to assume aliens helped the ancient people found their civilizations. Obviously it was gods who did that, you filthy nazi” Give me a break.

  • 4.5
    scarycomics Nov 15, 2018

    This comic is incredibly didactic. The focus is on the ideas and political agenda of the writer rather than the characters or plot. This feels like a weird criticism from me considering I am the exact type of person Border Town is trying to pander too. I fully agree with the comics sentiments about modern day racism and immigration. But for this kind of straight forward, down your throat promotion of an ideal I would prefer an essay on the topic. Don't get me wrong I love a story with strong themes and ideas interwoven, but they should be just that -- interwoven. In Border Town the politics are sloshed on top with a ladle. I gave Border Town three issues to prove itself, but it doesn't seem to be getting any more subtle.

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