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SKIPPER OF THE OF THE BLACK 
LAGOON AND LEADER OF THE CREW. 
DUTCH STAYS COOL NO MATTER HOW 
BAD THINGS GET. HIS BACKGROUND 
INCLUDES MILITARY SERVICE, 
INCLUDING A TOUR IN VIETNAM. 


THE MAN IN CHARGE OF THE HIGH- 
TECH ELECTRONICS ONBOARD THE 
BLACK LAGOON. BENNY ESCAPED 
FROM THE U.S. AND IS ON THE RUN 
FROM BOTH THE FBI AND THE MAFIA. 


A FORMER JAPANESE 
SALARYMAN, WHOSE REAL 
NAME IS ROKURO 
OKAJIMA. ABANDONED BY 
HIS COMPANY AFTER THE 
CREW OF THE BLACK 
LAGOON ABDUCTED HIM, 
ROCK LATER JOINED HIS 
CAPTORS. 


lllflli 


THE BLACK LAGOON'S TOP 
GUNSLINGER. NICKNAMED "TWO 


HAND." HER FOUL MOUTH AND 
EXTREMELY SHORT FUSE USUALLY 
GET HER IN LOTS OF TROUBLE. 



















Rock, formerly known as Rokuro Dkajima, was a faceless employee at a large 
Japanese company. Abducted by the crew of the Black Lagoon and callously 
abandoned by his company, he takes on the name "Rock" and joins the smugglers as 
an apprentice sailor. 

Roanapur is a rough and tumble city where crime syndicates from around the world 

COMPETE FOR THEIR SHARE OF THE BLACK MARKET. JUST AS ROCK AWAKENS TO HIS NEW LIFE 
AS AN OUTLAW, RUMORS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE CITY THAT "THE MAID" ROBERTA HAS 
RETURNED. WHAT IS ROBERTA DOING IN ROANAPUR AND WHAT DOES SHE WANT? 



hang 

Boss of the Roanapur 

BRANCH OF THE HONG KONG 
Triad criminal bang. 



ialalica 


Boss of the Thai branch of "Hotel Moscow," a noted 
Russian criminal gang. Balalaika once was a captain 
in the Red Army of the former Soviet Union. 



































Chapter 47: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. IV.007 

Chapter 48: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. V.027 

Chapter 49: El Baile de la Muerte ■ Pt. VI.043 

Chapter 50: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. VII 059 

Chapter 51: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. VIII.073 

Chapter 52: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. IX.091 

Chapter 53: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. X.121 

Chapter 54: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. XI.145 

Chapter 55: El Baile de la Muerte - Pt. XII.167 
















Chapter 47 
El Baile de 


Muerte - Part IV 

















































































































































































































INPEEP, 
PUTCH. 
BUT... 


SO THE PUP 
SIPE IS THIS 
PARTY CAN'T 
BP MUCH PUN. 


THE PROBLEM 
was THE 
HEAP OP THE 
LOVELACE FAMILY 
WAS ON THE 
STAGE WHEN 
THE BOMB WENT 
OFF. 


...FOR 
ANYONE 
HIRING THE 
POOR FOR 
ABOUT A 
NICKEL A PAY 


CUF 

GUEVARA 
CAME PROM 
A WEALTHY 
FAMILY TOO, 
BENNY. 


TUFRF 

AREN'T MANY 
RICH POLKS UP 
FOR GETTING 
SPRAYEP WITH 
BULLETS IN THE 
JUNGLES OP 
BOLIVIA. ANP- 


THERE ARE EVEN 
FEWER WILLING 
TO HAVE THEIR 
ASSES BLOWN 
OFF FOR 
SUPPORTING A 
LEFT-WING 
PARTY. 


THAT'S 

RIGHT, 

PUTCH. 

THAT'S 

EXACTLY 

WHY... 


HE ANP 
THE PARTY 
LEAPER 
WERE 
FRIENPS. 


IS THAT 
WHAT 
YOU'RE 
TRYING 
TO SAY? 


HE WAS ALSO 
A LIBERAL, 
WHICH IS 
RARE FOR 
THEIR KINP. 


...HE STOOP 
OUT AMONG THE 
THIRTEEN FAMILIES 
THAT CONTROL THE 
SOUTH AMERICAN 
ECONOMY. PRETTY 
IRONIC. 

















...LET'S 
OET BACK 
TO THE 
SUBJECT. 


THE CALDERA 
ADMINISTRATION 
EXPRESSED ITS 
REORETS AND 
ENLARGED THEIR 
MILITARY POLICE 
FORCE TO PREVENT 
ANOTHER INCIDENT. 


SOME SAY FARC 
WAS RESPONSIBLE 
FOR THE BOMBINO, 
OTHERS SAY 
IT WAS THE 
PARAMILITARIES, 
BUT THE TRUTH IS 
STILL IN THE PARK. 


THEY ALSO 
MAPE VEILEP 
THREATS 
AOAINST THOSE 
INVOLVEP IN THE 
MOVEMENT ANP 
THIS CASE WAS 
CLOSEP. 



Y.:. • 




■; ■ 


ms* 


...I STILL 
CAN'T FIOURE 
THAT OUT. 


iHWHi 


THAT'S 

WHERE 

THE 

LEAPS- 


AS FOR 
THAT CRAZY 
MAID'S 
MOTIVE, 
IT'S PRETTY 
CLEAR. 


SHE WANTS 
REVENUE FOR 
HER MASTER'S 
DEATH. 


...WHY HERE 
ANP NOT 
BOOATA OR 
CARACAS? 















/ 



HERE'S A 
LITTLE 
PREDICTION 


3tm/. 


WE'RE DONNA 
NEED TO TAKE 
A RAIN CHECK 
ON THOSE 
PRINKS ONCE 
WE OET TO 
THE BAR. 


PI 



YEAH, 


I SAW 


THAT. / 


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AW IF OUR 
LUCK RUNS 
OUT... 


...WE 
SET WELL. 
VENTILATEP 
TOO...YBAU? 


STEP ON 
IT, SENSIY. 



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CHI CO! 
WHAT 

vo we- 


VAm IT/ 
THE/ KILLEP 
HIM/ 


MAL£RO/ 


FUCK IT/ FILL 
THE WHOLE 
PLACE FULL 
OF LEAP/ 































AW ORFAT, 
GUSTAVO! 


NOW I'M 
OONNA 
HAVF TO 
RE8UILP 
AOAIN/ 


PL ACE IS A 
SHITHOLF 
ANYWAY. I'M 
POIN' you A 
FAVOR, 3AO. 


FOROFT 

THAT/ 


THAT 
UTTLF 
BITCH OFT 
BLOWN TO 
BITS YFT/? 


WHO 

KNOWS? 


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IT POESN'T 
LOOK 
LIKE... 


...SHE'S 
SLICEP UP 
YET. 


AAAARROH/ 


IT 

HURTS/ 


IT 

HURTS/ 


PLEASE 
FORGIVE 
ME LORD!! 


TAKE 
SOME 
OU/S 
A NIP OET 
IN THERE/ 












































THERE'S 

MO 

R BASON 
TO BE 
LOYAL TO 
HIM/ 


TAKE THE 
INJURED 


YOUR 8055 
15 A P\&! WE 
POESN'T 
OWE A VAm 
ABOUT YOU! 


...AW &0 
OUT THE 
BACK WHILE 
YOU CAN/.' 


IF YOU 
STILL 
WANNA 
STICK 
AROUND. 


MOW GET 
OUTTA 
WERE! 


WHOA 


HOW 

REFRESHING. 


SUT SHE 
WON'T LIVE 
LONG LIKE 
THAT. 


SHE'S 
LIKE THE 
SHERIFF. 
























































































































WHAT'RE 

you 

POINI'?/ 




.— 
































































































































































































































WAAA&W. 


WAIT/ 

HOLt? 

UP! 


THAT 

STUPIP 

IPIOT/ 


THE BITCH 
IS STILL 
ALIVE/ 

com 

BACK, YOU 
COWARVS! 


SAY IT S 0 
THEy CAN 
HEAR YOU, 
OUSTAVOJ 




CUSTAVO'S 
PE AO! 






































































































































































































OVER 

HERE/ 


SOMEHOW 
I'M STILL. 
ALIVE/ 


WITH YOU 
TWO DEAD IT 
WOULD BE A 
LOT HARDER 
TO FIND 
ROBERTA. 


ARE 

YOU 

STILL 

WITH 

US?/ 


iuiiitv 


SENIOR 

ROCK! 


AH/ 

0000 / 


THE 

LITTLE 

BITCH 

DOESN'T 

MINCE 

WORDS, 

DOES 

SHE? 



YOUR FACE BLASTED 
INTO PIECES LIKE A 
JIOSAW PUZZLE BY 
THAT BITCH'S CRAZY 
OUN, UNDERSTAND 
ME?/ GET THE FUCK 
OUT! 




FUCK 

THIS/ 

FUCK 

THIS/ 


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...NOT 

OVER 

yen 


■... 


you 

LITTLE 

BITCH/' 


.Ml-'tU 


lUW'.vU*' 1 ’ 


etv n,mn^ 1 '^ 








































































































































































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THE maid 
MUST'VE 
BURNED 
HIS ASS. 


WASN'T THAT 
THE CARTEL'S 
LIEUTENANT 
THAT JUST 
RAN PAST US 
DOING THE 
100-METER 
DASH? 



JESUS... THIS 
IS THE WORST 
I'VE EVER SEEN 
THIS PLACE 
TORN UP. 


DON'T 

THINK.. 


...THAT'S 
ENTIRELV A 
JOKE. 


IT'S LIKE HUE 
CASTLE. THE 
NVA LAUNCH AN 
ASSAULT HERE 
OR SOME¬ 
THING? 



LET'S OPEN 
THE LID FIRST, 
THEN WE'LL 
TALK. 


THE GUNFIRE'S 
DIED DOWN. I 
DON'T KNOW 
ABOUT ROCK, 
BUT I DOUBT 
BAO AND REV/ 
ARE CORPSES. 



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WE'VE RECEIVE? 
WORD THREE 
OP THEIR 
TECHNICALS 
ARE HEAPED... 


...POR 

SITARAP'S 

CENTRAL 

HIOHWAY. 



THE ONLY THINOS 
DOWN THERE ARE 
A HUOE LOADING 
AREA, WARE¬ 
HOUSES AND THE 
YELLOW PLAO. 


WE TOOK A 
SWINO AND 
MISSED. WE ONLY 
INSTRUCTED &AO 
TO INPORM US 
WHEN HE SAW 
THE MAID- 


IP THE 
CARTEL HAS 
A BEEP WITH 
THE MAID... 


WE 

MISSED 

EACH 

OTHER. 


WHAT'S 
COINS- ON 
AT THE 
YELLOW 
PLAO? 











































T——> 



.WHAT DO 
WE VO? 


£UF'« 

UNPREDICT¬ 
ABLE. RISKING 
HER NECK 
OVER LAOOON. 


THINOS FLARED 
UP THE LAST 
TIME SHE WAS 
HERE, WHEN SHE 
CAME TO RESCUE 
THE BOV THE 
COLOMBIANS 
KIDNAPPED. / 


1/mimilllililWllil 


'C'~ 

v. 

. V. 

w* 


ssssssr 


EVEN MORE SO 
IF THE MAID IS 
WHO FRY-FACE 
SAID SHE WAS. 


THERE'S 
NOTHINO TO 
OAIN By OOINO 
TO THE YELLOW 
FLAO NOW. 


THERE WAS NO 
LOOIC OR OAIN IN 
IT, SO SHE TOOK 
A WAIT-AND-SEE 
ATTITUDE. BUT... 


..WT 

this 

TIME. 


FRY-FACE 
WOULDN'T 
TELL ME 
MUCH. 


BUT IF you 
BELIEVE 
WHAT SHE 
SAYS, SHE'S 
DANOEROUS. 




H) 


rviO 


OREAT 

BROTHER 


...THIS MAID, 
IS SHE REALLY 
WHAT SHE'S 
RUMORED 
TO BE? 


































































...YES, 

GREAT 

BROTHER. 


TUP 

IPENTITy. 


SHE'S OUT > 
FOR REVENGE 
BECAUSE 
OF THAT 
TERRORIST 
BOMB ATTACK 
THAT BLEW HER 
MASTER TO 
BITS, RIGHT? 


OKAY THEN. 

A LITTLE 
INVESTIGATION 
ANP GETTING 
THAT MUCH IS 
EASY. 


...OF 

HER ENEMY 
STILL- ISN'T 
CLEAR. 


THE MAIL? 
SHIFTER HER 
FOCUS HERE 
FOR HER FOX 
HUNT. 


...HER TARGET 
IS HERE. THE 
8LOOPHOUNP 
CAME TO TOWN 
FOLLOWING THE 
SCENT OF HER 
PREY 


THAT 

MEANS. 


SHE CAN 
GET HER 
REVENGE 
OR KILL AS 
MANY PEOPLE 
AS SHE 
WANTS. 
WHATEVER. 


AS LONG AS 
IT POESN'T 
HARM US. 


BUT 

WHAT'S REALLY 
BOTHERING ME 
LIKE A LEAKY 
TOILET IS... 


...SOMEONE IS 
HIRING OUT HERE 
THAT FVEN I 
CAN'T IRENTIFY. 











SOMEONE 
WHO COUiV 
WE OUT ONLY 
THOSE WHO 
WERE ON THE 
PLATFORM, 
AMONG THE 
HUNPREPS ON 
THE SCENE AT 
THE BOMBING. 


AND THAT 
RUBS MS THE 
WRONG WAY. 


SOMEBOPY WITH 
THAT KINP OF 
SKILL, WHOSE 
PURPOSE WE 
PON'T KNOW, IS 
HIPING OUT IN 
THIS TOWN. 


WHAT IF 
THEY DON'T 
NEED TO HIRE 
GUNS? 


WHAT COULP A 
BUNCH LIKE THAT, 
WITH ONLY POWER 
ANP SKILL, NO 
CREEP ANP NO 
NEEP FOR MONEY, 
WANT IN THIS 
TOWN? 


WE SHOULP PO 
A BACKGROUND 
CHECK ON 
EVERYONE, 
INCLUPING 
ANYONE NOT 
INVOLVEP IN 
ROANAPUR'S 
PROFIT-MAKING 
ENTERPRISES. 


STILL, 
THAT'S ALL 
SPECULATION. 

J 


...TO 

VISIT THEM 
WITHOUT 
DISRESPECTING 
THEM, WE'LL 
NEED AN 
APPROPRIATE 


THE 

COLOMBIANS 
ARE CLOSEST 
TO THE TRUTH 
FOR THE TIME 
BEING. BUT... 


INCLUPING 
ANYONE WHO 
ARRIVE? HERE 
RECENTLY WE'P 
HEAR ABOUT 
SOMEONE WITH 
THAT KINP OF 
SKILL WHETHER 
WE WANT TO 
OR NOT. 


...BUT GREAT 
BROTHER, WE 
KNOW THE 
BACKGROUNDS 
OF JUST 
ABOUT EVERY- 
BOPY IN THE 
CITY. 


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37 











































































































THE SHORT 
VERSION OF 
THE KILLER MAIR 
SHOWER UP. 


NEITHER 
THE HEAP 
..ARE OF MATRON 
THAT NOR I... 
ARE. 



NOT ONLY I'M 
WAS THE SHOCKED. 

PLACE TURNED 
INTO AN 
OUTDOOR 
CAFE... 




VO, VO, 
LOLITA. 


PLEASE 

RON'T 

TOUCH 

ME/ 


YOU OOT A 
ORENAPE 
STICKIN' 
OUT. 


OH 

BROTHER. 


TWO 

SURPRISES 
IN A ROW. 
WHAT'S NEXT? 


































































WITH THE 
IS EVERYONE LOVELACE 
THERE OEAREP MANOR? 
UP TO 
00 RESCUE 
H0STA0E5 




...I PC 
NOT WISH 
TO SPEAK 
REOARPINO 
THAT MATTER. 



PENNY, TAKE 
THIS TURN. THE 
SUNO KANO 
PALACE SHOULP 
BE PAST THE 
INTERSECTION. 



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IF 

i may 

REMINP 
YOU ONCE 
AGAIN... 


IN THIS ROOM, 
MASTER GARCIA, 
THE 12TH REAR OF 
THE LOVELACE 
FAMILY, ONE OF 
THE 13 FAMILIES 
OF SOUTH 
AMERICA... 



A 


















































































































... mu, 

IF IT ISN'T 
THE LA&OON 
TRAPBRS. 


YOU'RE 

LATE. 




HAPPEN TO 
HAVE SOME 
BUSINESS 
WITH THE 
Y0UN6 
MASTER AS 
WELL... 


) m n U n H i 


i nope 

YOU'LL 
PARDON THE 
INTRUSION... 


L vkxj 


^asyr-] 


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IF IT 
ISN'T THE 
LAtsOON 
TRAPERS. 
YOU'RE 
LATE. 


&0m§ 

mmm 

pllil 




: 


R W" v y O /& ' 

.« itgSs ; 


I HAPPEN 
TO HAVE SOME 
BUSINESS WITH 
THE YOUNO 
MASTER AS 
WELL... 


wwt&wpm 
, , ' 


W$ 0 t 0 SB. 

WYM&YM 


i wmm&m 

' e ' / 


WM*%M 


I HOPE YOU'LL 
PARDON THE 
INTRUSION... 


M : 


. 




h.y yY/'. '-''/.s''- '<- / '- J .'/y/y. '•/"■/ < "//■ 

/ '/ ffig I / 


Xi #&9 




gSSMTOMft 


PD 

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Chapter 49: 

El Balle de la Muerte - Part lfl 


































































































■ 


OET AWAY 
FROM THE 
YOUNO 
MASTER... 


iWfy/i 


YOU 

THUO/' 



































































































W AY 
TO TALK 
ABOUT 
US. 


you'RE 
QUITE 
RIOHT, 
AAISS 
AMID. 


IN JUST 
THREE DAYS 
SINCE I 

ARRIVED HERE, 
I'VE ALREADY 
BEEN INVOLVED 
IN A OUNFIOHT. 


YES 

INDEED. 


THIS 
TOWN IS 
A CESSPIT 
PILLED 
WITH SCUM. 


THE PEOPLE 
OP THIS 
TOWN ARB 
ALL SCUM! 


...REAAAININO 
OBSERVANT 
UNTIL ALL THE 
CARDS ARE 
DEALT... 


you 

SHOULP BE 
SUSPICIOUS OF 
EVERyTHINO 
HERE. 


CERT/AIN 
TRUTHS PO 
BECOME VISIBLE 

when you 

SUSPECT 

EVERyTHINO. 

BUT... 


...IS 
ANOTHER 
WAY TO 
FIND THE 
TRUTH. 



YES, 


youNC- 


MASTER. 















































































































































































PON'T 
THANK ME 
YET, y OUHG- 
MASTER. 


&sss*Sa 




NFITHFR 
FOR you 
NOR FOR 
US. 


THIS 

ISN'T 

OVER. 







































































































































...I KNOW 
IT'S HARP, 
BUT... 


I THANK YOU 
FOR YOUR 
CONCERN, 
MR. ROCK. 


...WHERE 
SHOULD I 
BEOIN... 


[7 

I THERE MAY 


BE THINOS 
WE CAN SEE 
THAT yOU 
COULDN'T. 



OARCIA 


WILL 

yOU TELL 
US WHAT 
HAPPENED 
FROM THE 
VERY 

BEOINNINO? 



A TERRORIST 
BOMB ATTACK 
By A BUNCH OF 
RIOHT-WINOERS 
UNHAPPy WITH A 
LEFT-WINO 
PARTy IN 
POWER. 


MAKES 

TOO 

MUCH 

SENSE. 


AND 
THAT'S 
WHY IT'S 
SUSPICIOUS, 


CONTINUE, 


SOON 

AFTER 

THE 

INCIDENT 


...THEY 

WERE 

DETAINED 

SOON 

AFTER THE 
ATTACK. 


...THE 
POLICE AND 
MILITARY BEOAN 
INVESTIGATING- IT 
AS A TERRORIST 
ATTACK... THE 
PARA-MILITARY 
CROUP BRAVO 
PUEBLO ALLIANCE 
EMERGED AS A 
SUSPECT. 


ONE 

OF THEM 
WAS RELEASED 
DUE TO A LACK 
OF EVIDENCE... 
THE OTHER TWO 
CONTINUED TO 
DENY THE 
CHARGES. 


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SHE 

ALSO 

SAID... 


m too... 
MO, ROBERTA 
ALSO HAD 
THE SAME 
DOUBTS. 


...THEY DIP 
NOT HAVE 
THE SKILLS 
TO CARRY 
OUT SUCH A 
BOMBING. 


ON TOP OF 
THAT, THEY 
HAD NO 
REASON TO 
HAVE SUCH 
SKILLS. 


THE POLICE ARE 
ACTING AS IF THE 
CASE IS SOLVED. 
WE HAVEN'T 
HEARD FROM 
THEM SINCE THE 
ARRESTS. 


...WE ALMOST 
SAVE UP AND 
TRIED TO ACCEPT 
THEIR OFFICIAL 
POSITION. 


THAT IT 
MADE TOO 
MUCH 
SENSE. 


THAT IS 
UNTIL... 


THE MVR 
ALSO HAD 
DOUBTS 
ABOUT THE 
INCIDENT 
AND BEGAN 
THEIR OWN 
INVESTIGATION, 


THIS 

INDIVIDUAL 
WAS AN 
OFFICER OF A 
PARATROOP 
UNIT ALIGNED 
WITH THE MVR, 


...A CERTAIN 
PERSON PAW 
US A VISIT. 


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THESE SIX 
MEN ALSO 
SHOWEP UP 
ON A CERTAIN 
POCUMENT 
BELONGING 
TO... 



THEY 

INTENTIONALLY 
PARTICIPATEP 
IN THE 
CEREMONY 


THEIR NAMES 
WERE FORGEP, 
BUT THE 
PHOTOS WERE 
THE SAME AS 
THE PHOTOS 
ON THE 
STAFF LIST. 


...THE 

v&m.* 


*POIM - PIRECCI&N GENERAL- PE INTEUGENCIA M/UTAR', 
THE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PIRECTORATE OF VENEZUELA 














































































































HISPANIC 
MAN ON THE 
FAR RIOHT 
IS... 


MAJOR 

AMRCOS JOSS 
LUCIENPEZ OF 
THE POIM. 


OF THE 
OTHER FOUR 
MSN, WE 
ONLY KNOW 
THS NAME 
OF ONE. 


THE FIVE MEN 
AT THE 
SCENE WERE 
HIS MEN. 


SO 

ROBERTA 



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ROBERTA 


ROBERTA 


I'M... 

WORRIED. 


I DIDN'T 
HEAR YOU 
COME IN. 


WHAT IS 
THERE TO 
WORRY 
ABOUT, 
YOUNG 
MASTER? 


young 

MASTER. 


ARE you 
OKAY? 


ARE 

YOU NOT 
FEELING 
WELL? 


WAS JUST 
THINKING 
ABOUT 
SOMETHING. 
I'M SORRY 


, MR. HIDALGO 
WILL TAKE OYER 
MANAGEMENT 
OF THE MINE, 
AND... 

...WITH 


SO MANY 
OFFERING 
TO HELP 
SINCE THE 
FUNERAL, 
THE FARM 
IS... 









































































...you, 

ROBERTA. 


NO. 

WHAT 

I'M... 


.. WORRIED 
1BOUT IS... 


...youvE 

WH£N VDU ^"TYOPPFD 
EAT, WHEN 
yOU'RE ON 
BREAK. 


SINCE My 
FATHER'S 
FUNERAL... 


you 

PROBABLY 
DON'T 
REALIZE 
IT, BUT... 



































































































































FIS 



HAPPENEP 

THAT 

NIOHT. 


YOUNO 

MASTER. 




SO I 
WON'T 
FOROET. 


REMEMBER. 


I'M 

SORRY TO 
SAY THIS 
NOW... 







































































































































































































































THE VAY 
AFTER we 
RECEIVE? 

THAT 

REPORT... 


SHE... 


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THEN BUY 
IT AT THE 
CARACAS 
MARKET, 

youNo 

MAN. 


IT'P BE 
ABOUT 
SIXTEEN 
BOLIVAR AT 
PON'T THE MARKET 
yOU IN CARACAS. 
A& REE, 

SERORA? 


Chapter 50: 

El Baile de la Muerte - 
Part VII 



mmwj 


TWENTy 
BOLIVAR FOR 
THIS BIO ONE 
RIOHT HERE. 


you OOT A 
PROBLEM 
WITH My 
prices, you 

PON'T HAVE 
TO COME 
ANyMORE. 
































































































Hi ip 






I COULP OIVE 
YOU A LIFT 
TO YOUR 
MANSION... 


SORRY 


MO, 

PLEASE. 


IT 

was m 

FAULT. 


you 


WHOA, 

WHOA/ 


WORK 

AROUNP 

HERS? 



























































WHAT? 


RECOGNIZE 


...I -SEE 

NEVER SOMEONE'S 
FOROET IT. FACE... 

IT 15 A 

PROFESSIONAL 

HABIT... ^ 


..YOUR 

FACS. 


HMPH/ 


I'M 

OUTTA 

HERE. 


I HAVE NO 
IDEA WHAT 
THE HELL 
YOU'RE 
TALKING 
ABOUT. 


GO BACK 
TO YOUR 
MANSION 
ON YOUR 
OWN.' 


you 

PRUNK 
THIS 
EARLY IN 
THE PAY? 

































































KNOW/ 


PON'T 

LIKE 

THIS/ 


NOBODY 
SHOULD 
KNOW I'M 
HERE/ 


MENDEZ 
SHOULD 
BE AT AA 
SOMBRBRO 


I'LL 

ASK HIM 
WHERE 
THEY 
ARE... 


WAS 
IT ONE 
OF MY 
OUYS?/ 


PICK UP, 
MENDEZ/ 


C'MON/ 

C'tAOHl 

C'MON/ 


MBWBZ?! 
IT'S ME/ 


IT'S 

LUCIENPEZ/ 
WHERE ARE 
MY MEN- 

































































































































...ONCE 
X SEE A 
FACE I 
NEVER 
FORCET 
IT. 




you 

WERE AT 
THE POUNPINO 
CELEBRATION. 


PIRECCIdN 
GENERA!, PE 
INTELIGENCIA 
MILITAR. 


MAJOR 

MARCOS JOSE 
IUCIENIPEZ. 




FSiS;!K§ 


mmmm 












































































































































...WANT 
TO ASK 
ME... 


...WHY I 
HAVE THIS 
CELLULAR 
PHONE? 






































/ 



UROH/ 


STARTING 
WITH MR. 
MENDEZ... 


...ive 

HAP THE 
OPPORTUNITY 
TO MEET AIL 
YOUR MEN. 


...HAVE THE 
INFORMATION I 
AM SEEKING. 


WE AOREED 
TO AVOID 
EACH OTHER 
UNTIL THE 
MISSION WAS 
OFFICIALLY 
COMPLETED/ 


YOU 

TRACKED 
EVERYONE 
DOWN... 
AND KILLED 
THEM?/ 

















































MAJOR. 


V 



SPILL YOUR 
OUTS TO MS 
RIOHT NOW... 


...AND I 
WILL BE 
PERFECTLY 
SATISFIED. 


REQUESTER 
HE NOTIFy 
ME ONCE HE 
LOCATEP THE 
MEN IN THE 
PHOTO. 


THAT 

NOTIFICATION 
CAME OUlCKLy. 


...FOUND 
WITH SEVERE 
WOUNDS 
BELOW HIS 
KNEES. 


HE WAS 
TORTURER, 
KIPPO. 


THE KINP 
OF TORTURE 
EVEN THE 
OESTAPO 
WOULP RUN 
AW AY FROM 
BARE- 
FOOTER. 


you KNOW 
WHAT 1 
NEED TO 
KNOW. 


...ABOUT 

ROBERTA'S 

DISAPPEARANCE. 


JOSE 
LUCIENPEZ 
THE MAN 
ON THE 


HIS BOPy WAS FAR 
FOUNP IN A RIOHT. 
RIVER ON THE 
OUTSKIRTS OF 
CARABOSO. 


LIKE THE 
BLOOPHOUNP 
SHE TRULY IS. 


...ANP 

HUNTEP 

THEM 

POWN. 


SHE 

IDENTIFIER 
THE MEN 
OF THE 
INTELLIGENCE 
BUREAU 
FROM A 
SINGLE 
PHOTO... 




























































SHE IS 
NOT A 
"BLOOP- 
HOUNP.' 


SHE IS A 
MEMBER OF 
MY FAMILY. 


REFRAIN 
PROM USINS 
SUCH WORPS 
FROM NOW 
ON. 


LET'S SET 
BACK TO 
THE TOPIC 
AT HANP. 


My 

APOLOGIES, 

SENIOR 

0ARCIA. 


WE STILL 
HAVEN'T 
SOFTEN OUR 
AAAIP ACROSS 
THE OCEAN 
VET. 















































































YOU 
KNOW 
WHO I 

am. 





...THE 
UNITEP 
STATES OF 
AMERICA, 
NSA. 


SPECIAL 
OFFICE OF 
CENTRAL 
AMERICAN 
POLICY 

ANALYSIS ANP 
SPECIAL 
PROCRAMS, 
OFFICER IN 
CHARCE. 


ARMY 

COLONEL 

SIMON 

PICKENS. 






















































































WHAT 

po you 

WANT? 


I'M 

SURPRISEP 
YOU KNOW 
ALU THAT. 


YOU'RE 
NOT A 
ROBBER OR 
KIPNAPPER. 


HERE'S A 
QUESTION 
FOR YOU. 


YOU 

BANDERA 
ROJAST? 
OR AH MVR 
EXTREMIST? 


ACCORPINO 
TO WHAT 
MARCOS 
TOLP ME... 


WHAT'RE 

you... 


SO 

WHERE 


iis&sssi THE 

TERRORIST 
BOMBINO IN 
CARACAS LAST 
••• vWS SEPTEMBER 
PLANNER 
ANP 

EXECUTEP a 

BY YOU 
ANP YOUR 
POOS. 


...ARE 

youR 

P06S? 






















































XT WOULP 
SAVE A 
OREAT PEAL 
OF HASSLE IF 
you WOULP 
TELL ME... 


...WHILE THE 
STOVE IS STILL 
AT BOPy 
TEMPERATURE. 


WHERE 
/ARE YOUR 
POOS? 


...you 
ROTTEN 
PIECE OF 
SHIT. 


KEEP 

TALKING. 


...THAT'S 

NUMBER 

TWO. 


AA4ROH 


WHERE 
ARE YOUR 
POPS? 













































































I'M 

ioom& 

FORWARV 
TO IT. 


3Y THE 
WAY... 


YJOULV 
YOU LIKE 
ANOTHER? 






























































A BODY 
WAS FOUND 
AT THE SCENE 
OF A FIRE AT 
A MOTEL 
OUTSIPE 
CARACAS. 


...AN 

ACTIVE 

OFFICER. 




..OP THE 
UNITEP 
STATES 
ARM/. 


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E hBal le de laiMu erte 
V 5 ** PartfifMl \ 


mn 


..IT 


WAS.. 


...COLONEL 

SIMON 

PICKENS. 


WAS... 
























































THEY ALSO 
DISCOVERED SHE 
HAD RESERVED A 
LONO DISTANCE 
BUS TICKET TO 
ROANAPUR AT 
THE AIRPORT. 



SHE HAP 
A TICKET TO 
THAILAND 
FROM 
CARACAS, 
VIA MIAMI. 


ACCORDING 
TO THE 
PARATROOP 
OFFICER WHO 
8ROUOHT 
THIS TO MY 
ATTENTION... 


...THE MAIN 
SUSPECT WAS 
A WOMAN... 

















































































































































































































































why? 

your 

HEAP 

...PLANNING MATRON'S 
ON TAKINO ON 
EVERYBOPy'S 
PRIENP UNCLE 
SAM WITH HER 
BARE HANPS. I 


EXACTLY. 


SHE'S UP 
AOAINST THE 
UNITEP STATES' 
UNCONVENTIONAL 
WARFARE 
FORCES. 




IT'S 

ABSOLUTELY 
CRAZY, who'd 
WANT ANY 
PART OP THAT 
MADNESS? 




MAYBE 
SOMETHING 
EVEN MORE 
THAN THAT. 


THAT IS 
ALL THE 
MORE 
REASON... 


KNOWINO 
THAT SHE'S 
KILLINO 
PEOPLE... 


...TO 

STOP 


...PAINS ME 
AS MUCH 
AS LOSINO 
MY FATHER. 









































, 


SHE ALSO 
TOIV ME... 
SHE WOULP 
BE WITH ME 
FOREVER... 


AW 

THE ONLY 
PERSON IN 
THIS 

WORLD... 


GO AHEAD, 
TRY IT. IT 
MIOHT BE 
WORTH A 
SHOT. 


YOU CAME 
HALFWAY 
AROUND THE 
WORLD TO 


BAWLINO? 


AW, CUT 
IT OUT 


WHAT'S 
UP WITH 
YOU? 


FINE THEN, 
CRY ME A 
RIVER. 


MAYSE A 
HER 0 WILL 
POP OUT OF 
A MARVEL 
COMIC. 


IS ME. 


..WHO CAN 
SAVE HER 





































































































ROCK 


I PON'T THINK 
LETTINO 
THESE TWO 
KIPS RUN 
AROUNP IN A 
TOWN LIKE 
THIS IS A 
SMART IPEA 





















































































































THINS IS 
BREAKING 
MY HEART. 


...LEAVE THIS 
MATTER TO US 
AND RETURN TO 
THEIR MANSION 
IN VENEZUELA. 


WELL 


THAT 
MAIP IS 
SOMETHING 
ELSE. 


EVERYBODY 
KNOWS ERY-FAOE 
MOBILIZED HER 
COMMANDOS THE 
LAST TIME SHE 
WAS HERE. 


EVER YONE 
IN TOWN IS 
AWFULLY 
NERVOUS. 


IF I HAD MY 
WAY, I'D LOVE 
TO SEE THEM... 


THE 

COLOMBIANS, 
LIKE 5ENOR 
OARCIA, ARE 
AFTER THE 
MAIP. 


THAT'S NOT 
&OOV FOR 
THIS TOWN 
OR FOR US. 


IT'S 
OBVIOUS 
THEY'LL 
CLASH WITH 
THIS LITTLE 
BOY 

SOONER 
OR LATER. 


IT'S BETTER 
TO PLUCK 
THE SEEP 
OF THEIR 
WORRIES 
EARLY. 


YEAH 

RIOHT, MR. 
CHANO. 


I KNOW YOU 
DON'T THINK 
THAT IN THE 
SLIGHTEST. 












YOU'RE 
THOROUGHLY 
FAMILIAR WITH 
THIS TOWN, 
WITH ALL KINDS 
OF ACCESS DUE 
TO THE NATURE 
OF YOUR 
BUSINESS... 


C'MON 

NOW, 

PUTCH. 

YOU 

SHOULP 

KNOW 

BETTER. 


PLUS YOU'RE 
IN A NEUTRAL 
ENOUGH POSITION 
THAT IT WON'T 
COMPLICATE 
MATTERS ANY 
FURTHER. 


WE'RE TOO 
BIO TO MOVE 
AROUNP 
LIKE THAT. 


WHY PON'T 
YOU TWO 
PARTNER UP? 
THAT'LL MAKE 
THINGS 
EASIER. 


AW 

YOU'RE 

HARMLESS 


W////M 


THIS 

HASN'T GOT 
ANYTHING TO 
00 WITH US. 
RUNNING 
THIS TOWN 
IS YOUR 
CONCERN. 


...ROCK? 











































































































































































































































































































ABSOLUTELY 

RIOHT. 



IT'S 

NOT LIKE 
we HAVE 
TO PECIPE 


WE 

CAN COME 
BY AOAIN 
ONCE WE 
MAKE OUR 
PECISION. 


EITHER 

WAY, 

AROUINO 
ABOUT IT 
NOW ONLY 
TROUBLES 
OARCIA. 


AW... 


YOU 

SHOULP 
LISTEN 
TO WHAT 
APULTS 
HAVE TO 
S AY. 


THE 

COLOMBIANS 
WILL BE HERE 
SOONER RATHER 
THAN LATER. A 
SNEAK ATTACK 
WON'T WORK 
ANYMORE. 


IP YOU CAN'T 
SECURE HIS 
ASSISTANCE, 
YOU TWO NEEP 
TO OET OUT 
OF TOWN 
QUICK. 


RIOHT NOW, 
YEAH? 
























UET ME 
KNOW WHEN 
YOU MAKE 
UP YOUR 
MIND. 


WELL 

THEN, 

YOUNO 

MASTER. 






OREAT 

BROTHER 

CHANO. 


CARINA. 

COMPASSIONATE. 
PRETT/ RARE IN 
THIS TOWN... 


































































































































































































SIBERIAN 

TIOER. 


HE MEANS 
THE SECONP 
YOU OPEN THE 
CLOSET... 


THIS IS 
MORE 
LIKE... 


fjms 


..XT WOULPN T 


BE A PROBLEM... 
IP THIS WERE 
A CAT. 


MAYBE. 

















































IF 

THE/... 


AS 

JJJjjJiLJI LONG- AS 

I'M YOUR 

/ BOSS, 

f THERE'S NO 

' ARCUINC IT. 

/ THIS IS 
DELICATE, LIKE 
BRAIN SUROERy 
IT'S A MATTER 
THAT CONCERNS 
ALL OF US. 

_ 



...IT CAN 
CHANCE 
DRASTICALLy 
EVEN IF THAT 
CHANNEL'S AS 
SHALLOW AS A 
CUTTER... 


IT'LL 

BECOME AN 
UNPREDICTABLE 
CURRENT THAT 
COULD COME 
BACK TO 
HAUNT yOU. 


ROCK. 


THERE'S A 
FLOW TO 
THINCS 
JUST LIKE 
WATER. 


IF 

you DIC 

A CHANNEL 
TO TRy AND 
CHANCE THE 
FLOW... 
































































































...I WANT 
YOU OFF 
M/ BOAT 
FOR &OOV. 


IF 

YOU CAN'T 
UNDERSTAND 
THAT... 



















































































i was 

&0\K& 
TO CALI. 
BUT... 


...IT'S 
ALMOST 
NOON ANP I 
THOUGHT IT'P 
3E QUICKER 
IF I JUST 
CAME OVER. 





eo, 

HERB WE 
ARE/ 


...IS 

SOMETHING 

WRON6? 







































































































































...q\ me 

A BREAK, 
SIR. 


my is 

SHE THE ONLY 
KIP IN THIS 
VILLAGE WE 
GOTTA LET 
LIVE? 


OR ARE 
WE PLAYING 
WAVE GUN, WILL 
TRAVEL? 


r /> 


ANP 

YOU'RE 

SECONP 

LIEUTENANT 

MOTHER 

£OOSE. 


Chapter 52: El Baile de la Muerte - Part IK 



















O'MON, 

LARKIN 


YOU'RE A 
BIO BOY, 
AREN'T 
YOU? 


Chapter 52 




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. 



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''S' 

YOU'RE 

Zr /t 

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NOT LAYING 

JT .4' 


ZH 


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A FINOER 

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95 




























































































































NO, 

MAJOR. 


THIS 

IS A COVERT 
OPERATION. 
THE THAI AIR 
PORCE 
WOULDN'T 
APPROVE. 


WHAT 
ABOUT 
AN AIR 
ROUTE? 


MOVE UP 
NORTH ALONG 
THE BORDER 
AND INFILTRATE 
THE DZ BY 
HALO*? 




•HALO: HIGH ALT/TUOBL-OWOPBN/NG-A DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS PARACHUTING TECHNIQUE 



















































































































































































ROAUAPUR, 

MAJOR. 


what-s 

THIS 

TOWN 

CALLEP? 


XT WAS 
A COMPLETE 
MESS. COLEMAN 
ANP PUFpy 
SARNEY PIEP 
IN THE 
CRASH. 


THAT 
WAS A 
LONG¬ 
TIME 
AGO. 


PAY. 


WHAT'S 
THE 
NAME 
OF THIS 
PLACE? 


...PLACE 
MAKES 
ME SICK. 


X CAN'T 
BELIEVE 
THIS IS 
THAILANP. 




97 




































































IT'S 

REPULSIVE 


SICKENING 








WHY HAVE 
YOU BEEN 
STARINO AT 
ME? 


IT HAS 
THE SAME 
STENCH AS 
SAIOON IN 
1969 . 


THE ONLy 
THINS THAT'S 
AFFERENT IS 
THE LANSUAOE 
AND THERE ARE 
NO COPS 
DIRECTING 
TRAFFIC. 

















































































































































































I PIPN'T 
EXPECT 
ANYONE 
LMNO HERE 
TO AOREE 
TO OUR 
REQUEST. 


PUNNO. 


JUST 

THOUGHT 


"IT 
MIOHT 
BE FUN. 




ANYWAY. 


LET'S START 
AT dAO'S. IT'S 
THE FIRST PUCE 
ROBERTA WAS 
SIGHTED IN 
ROANAPUR. 


SM 


■; vV;' v > r 





'■■■’’■ j:.w^Ti; --v.yy 

WHY 

V 


EXACTLY 


i . 

ARE YOU 



HERE? 




























































































































7 in. m 


you 

SHOULD'VE 
TOLD ME 
WE WERE 
EXPECTING 
COMPANY, 
BAD! 

























































ALL RIOHT, 
FLORA. 

urn... 


I'LL 
STOP BY 
SOMETIME, 
BUT I NEBD 
TO SPEAK 
TO BAO- 





102 





















































k 

TOLD 5111, 
BUT... ALL 

n 

RI6HT. 

/ 




































































ALL THE 
PIACtS I 
NEED TO 
VISIT TO 
START A 
WAR. 


.JUST 
S AY? 


SKRK 


y on CAN 
PROVIDE 
ME WITH AN 
INTRO¬ 
DUCTION. 


ARE 

YOU 

THIS AIN'T INSANE? 
THE DARRA 
ARMS MARKET. 

NOBODm 

SELL- you A - 

OUN WITHOUT 
THE RIOHT 
INTRODUCTION. 


WHAT 

DIP 

you... 


























































































PERHAPS 

YOU 

THINK... 


OR A 
WHIM? 


As \A V / 


Wl 9 A 

A 

f Vk\ 


f ...THIS IS ( 





...SHE WAS 
CHOMPING ON 
PILES THE WHOLE 
TIME. LIKE THEy 
WERE PORITOS. 


y EAH, 
PROBABLY. 

BUT 

X DIDN'T ASK 
FOR SPECIFICS. 

NOT THAT I'D 
WANNA KNOW. 


ROC 

HEARTLAND, 
THE UNDER¬ 
GROUND 
DOCTOR... 
THAT WAS FOR 
THOSE PILLS. 


TOH CHI 


THANKS A LOT. 
I'LL RETURN 
THE FAVOR 
SOON. 


Sfc£ 


WHILE X WAS 
MAKING CALLS 
FOR HER 
INTRODUCTION... 
















































































youR 


WHENEVER 
you START 
RAISING- LIKE 
CRAZY, YOU 
USUALLY COT 
JACK SHIT. 


"TELL." IS 


so easy 


TO READ. 


SHUT 


THE 


FUCK 




wHy 

SHOULD 

I? 


...XT WAS yOUR JOB 
TO STICK TO HIS ASS 
LIKE A DINOLEBERRy 
WHEREVER HE GOES. 


REALLY? I 
WAS UNDER THE 
IMPRESSION... 


HE'S 

WAY TOO 
SyMPATHETIC. 








































































































you OOTTA 
BE CRAZy 
TO SAY 
TO THAT. 


BESIPES, IP HE 
CLEANS UP THIS 
MESS WITH THE 
AAAIP, HE COULP 
MAKE A NAME 
FOR HIMSELF. 



HE OOES 


POKINO 


AROUNP 


IN THE 


WRONO 


'HAY... 

...WE ALL 


00 POWN IN 

FLAMES AS 

ONE BIO 

r s 

HAPPy 

1 5 

FAMILy. 

l&z? 





y OLIVE 
PACED OFF 
AOAINST 
THE MAID 
BEFORE. 


WHAT'RE 

you 

SCAREP 

OF, 

REVY? 


FOUR 


EYES 16 


NOTHINO. 

THE 

PROBLEM 
IS THE 

ouys 

SHE'S AFTER. 


UCKY 

jrboN WF.* 
;n%V0L 


1 0. 


THEy BLEW 

THE MAIP'S 
MASTER TO 



THE PARK SIPE 

■■ V 


OF THE MOON. 

USS ARIZONA 
HERE WE 

COME. 


WAS... 




UNLUCKy 
BASTARPS, 
COIN' AFTER 
THAT 

MONSTER... 


WHAT'P 

THEy 

PO? 


im 


...UNCLE 

5AM... 


...AND HIS 
JOLLy Toy 
SOLDIERS. 




























































































































































I'M 

TALKING 

ABOUT 

HIM. 


OR ELSE 
WHEN THE 
SHIT HITS THE 
FAN, HE WON'T 
KNOW WHAT 
TO DO. 


GIMME A 
BREAK. 


IT'S NOT 
LIKE HE'S 
ALWAYS GOT 
A RAIN 
CHECK IN HIS 
POCKET. 


HE NEEDS 
TO GET 
HIS ASS 
KICKED 
ONCE IN 
A WHILE. 


...IT'S 

NOT 

GONNA 

BE... 


CONSIDER 
IT AN 

IMPORTANT 
LESSON IN 
CRISIS 

MANAGEMEN' 


..."LOOK AT 
HIS STUPID 
ASS, HA HA 
HA." 


IF HE'S GOING 
UP AGAINST 
THE STARS 
AND STRIPES 
HE'S REALLY 
IN TROUBLE. 


YOU 

KNOW, 

REYY... 


CONSIDERING 
WHAT HE'S UP 
AGAINST... 


YOU SHOULD 
HELP HIM 
OUT. 


. 

4 

w 



I'M PRETTY 
SURE MR. 

CHANG 
ASKED HIM 
TO EXPECT 
THAT. 



IP SPARKS 
ARE GONNA 
FLY, AT LEAST 
LET HIM KNOW 
WHICH WAY 
THE WIND'S 
BLOWING. 






















































































































































































































































































who'd WANNA 

OET INVOLVED 
WITH SUCH 
SUSPICIOUS 
CHARACTERS? 
THIS JUST 
ISN'T OONNA 


FABIOLA. 


_I THIS 

TOWN DOESN'T 
INTIMIDATE 
YOU AT ALL, 

WHERE P0E6 IT? 
DOES THAT 
NERVE 

COME j 

FROM? / 


you ARE 
ABSOLUTELY 
CORRECT, 
YOUNO 
MASTER, 
BUT- 


um... 

THAT'S 

BECAUSE 


YOU 

DIPNI'T 

ASK. 


WITH US. 


WELL-BRED 
BOY THEY'VE 
NEVER SEBN 
BEFORE... 


XT'S 

UNFORTUNATE, 
BUT WE CAN'T 
PO THIS ON 

lOUC OlA/U 


SAW HOW 
THINOS 
WENT WITH 
MR. ROCK. 


THIS IS NOT 
WHAT you 
PROMISED 
US/ 


NOT AT 
ALL// 


ANYWAY 


' WE CANNOT 
AFFORD TO 
STRIKE OUT 
LIKE THIS. I'LL 
CONTINUE THE 
SEARCH ON MY 
OWN IF X HAVE 
TO- 


WHAT DID YOU 
EXPECT? WE 
SHOW UP WITH 
A LITTLE 01RL 
DRESSED LIKE 
A MAID... 


...WITHOUT 
SOMEBODY 
LIKE DUTCH 
OR REVY 


DON'T 
OET SO 
UPSET. 

















:k \ 


| 




SO IP 
I WENT 
TO WORK, 

I WOULPN'T THERE'P BE 
HAVE BEEN LE5S BURPEN 
ABLE TO &0 0N m 
TO SCHOOL OR FAMILy. 
FINP A JOB IF X 
HAP STAYEP IN 
THE BARRIO. 


mu... 


NOT ONLY 15 
MY FAMILY 
DIRT POOR, 
THERF'RE 11 
OF US. 



























































































































114 































































...WHY 
LEARN A 


THAT'S 
SO COOL, 
FABIOLA/ 
YOU HAVE 
TO SHOW 
ME SOME 
TIME/ 


THAT 

15 

MM. 


...A OUN IN 
THE HANDS 
OF A LAYMAN 
COULD EASILY 
KILL SOME¬ 
BODY. 


CAPOEIRA 
CANNOT BE 
PERFORMED 
EASILY AND 
SOMEONE 
TRAINED IN IT 
KNOWS HOW 
TO MODERATE 
IT. 


...I 

FIGURE? 
IT WAS 
WORTH 
LEARNING. 


...WELL. 


I'M 
SELF- 
TAUOHT 
SO IT'S 
NOTHING 
SPECIAL. 


CAPOEIRA/ 
I'VE SEEN 
THAT ON 

IT'S THE Tv , 
DANCE-LIKE 
MARTIAL ART, 

RIOHT ?! 


AS I 

MENTIONED 
EARLIER, MY 
HOME IS NOT 
THE SAFEST 
PLACE. 


IT WAS PART 
FUN AND PART 
SELF-DEFENSE. 
PLUS... 


r# 





























































3£NNy. 


_ 


I'M 

SURPRISED 
TO HEAR 
THAT COMINO 

from you. 


OH 

yEAH? 


IT JUST 
POESN'T 
FEEL SO 
GREAT WHEN 
CHILPREN PIE. 


THIS IS 
THE MOST 
WE CAN PO 
FOR THEM, 
IN A WAY. 


HOW MUCH 
PO YOU HAVE 
TO STEEL YOUR 
SOUL TO GET 
OVER A 
STRANGER'S 
PEATH? 


...THAT'S WHV 
I PON'T INTENP 
TO TEST 
MySELF IN THIS 
TOWN EITHER. 


OR GET 
TOO PEEPLy 
INVOLVEP 

like you, 


in 






v 

V 












































































ASSUME 


...HE HAS 
OBTAINED 
SOME 

DISTURBING 

INFOR¬ 

MATION... 


...I HAVE 
YET TO 
THOROUGHLY 
GRASP THE 
SITUATION, 
BUT... 


...PERTAINING 
TO THE MAID 
THAT MUST BE 
ACTED UPON. 



NETWORK 

MEETING? 


AT THIS 
TIME 0 P 
YEAR? 


AN 

EXPANDED 
GATHERING 
INCLUDING 
REPS FROM 
ALL THE 
AFFILIATES 
NO LESS? 





















































































HER TARGET 
IS NOT 
SOMEONE 
WHO LIVES 
V HERE. 


SUCH A 
FUSS 
OVER ONF 
MAIP. 


HOW 
CERTOIN 
OF THAT 
ARE YOU? 


pp 


0 © o o a 


I DON'T KNOW 
WHOSE HEADS 
SHE PLANS ON 
CUTTING OFF, 
BUT... 


WE WOULD 
SAVE A LOT OF 
TROUBLE BY 
LETTINO HER DO 
WHATEVER SHE 
WANTS. DON'T 
YOU AOREE, 
COMRADE 
SEROEANT? 


TERRORST 


BOMBINO 


...YES, I 
DO SEE... 


HER EMPLOYER 
WAS KILLED IN 
A TERRORIST 
BOMB ATTACK. 
I BELIEVE SHE 
CAME HERE FOR 
REVENUE. 


THE HEAD OF THE 
LOVELACE FAMILY 
PIED IN A TERRORIST 
BOMB ATTACK AT 
A POLITICAL PARTy 
CEREMONY IN 
BARINAS, VENEZUELA 
ON SEPTEMBER 12 
OF THIS YEAR. 


THAT IS 
INFORMATION 
THAT CAN BE 
TRUSTED, 
CAPTAIN. 


SEROEANT. 














































































































































































































WELL 

PONE, 

SERGEANT. 


THE 

INSTRUCTORS 
AT THE RYAZAN 
AIRBORNE 
ACAPEMY WOULP 
BE PROUP. 


IF THF 
SCENARIO 
YOU ENVISION 
IS IN FACT 
TRUE... 


...THAT'S 
A COOP 
ENOUGH 
REASON FOR 
CHANG TO BE 
FRIGHTENEP. 


THIS 

SHOJLP BE 

!• 

Hv[V^Yv 

i i\\ v&m 

Be j ^ 

VERY 

FUN, ER, 

T, 


INTERESTING. 

\ SFR6EANT? 


VvO®~ - /; V 





























































IT'S A 

STATEMENT FROM 
SOMEBODY 
CONNECTED 
DIRECTLY TO THE 
LOVELACE FAMILY 


I BELIEVE HIS 
BACKGROUND 
CHECKS OUT. 



WHETHER WE 
BITE OR NOT 
PEPENPS ON 
THAT. 


AND 50 
WHAT'S 
YOUR BOSS 
SAYINO? 


Chapter 53: 

El Baile de la Muerte - Part X 



! / ACCORDING TO THE 

- 1 INFORMATION I'VE 

Y RECEIVED SO FAR, 

IT WAS CLEARLY 
AN ARBITRARY ACT 
BY THE DOD. 

DEPENDING ON 
WHAT THEY DO, I 
BELIEVE IT MAY BE 
NECESSARY TO 
UTILIZE YOUR 
CHURCH'S 
INFORMATION 
NETWORK. 


I'VE GOT AN 
INQUIRY IN 
WITH THE 
HEAP OFFICE, 
BUT... 


IF IT WAS AN 
OPERATION WITH 
AMERICAN 
INTELLIGENCE 
COMMUNITY 
APPROVAL, WE 
WOULD'VE HEARD 
ABOUT IT. 






































































































THEY 

WAITER UNTIL 
WE, THE CIA, 
HAP SHIFTER TO 
AN ECONOMIC 
INFORMATION 
STRATEGY TO... 


THE BIGGER 
you A RE, 
THE MORE 
PROBLEMS 
you HAVE. 


...EXPANP 
THEIR 
INFLUENCE 
IN THE FIELP 
OF COVERT 
OPERATIONS. 


PLAN TT7, THE 
SABOTAGE OF 
POLITICAL 
ACTIVITy IN 
VENEZUELA, 
... WA5 WHICH SPARKEP 
PROPOSER THIS WHOLE 
ANP THING... 

EXECUTEP 


HMPH. 













































































































THANK yOU, 
SISTER 
yOLANPA. 


m POSITION 
HERE AT THE 
CHURCH 
ALLOWS ME TO 
WORK WITH 
EASE. 


MR. 

LEVENCROFT 


OH 

mil 


I LL KEEP AN 
Eye OUT FOR 
ANy INFO 
REOARPINO THE 
NSA CHIEF HERE 
IN THE CITy. 


My SUPERIOR 
WILL CONTACT 
you SHORTLy 
REOARPINO 
yOUR FEES. 


THE CIA'S 
SOMETHING 
OF A 
REOULAR 
CUSTOMER. 


IS HE 
STILL 
yOUR 
BOSS? 


IT'D BE OREAT 
FOR US IF WE 
CAN CONTINUE 
SHARING 
INFORMATION. 


HE'S 

CURRENTLy 
THE PEPUTy 
CHIEF BACK 
AT HEAP- 
QUARTERS. 


SINCE 

ROANAPUR IS 
UNPER THE 
JURISPICTION OF 
THE SOUTHEAST 
ASIAN BUREAU, 
HE'S STILL My 
IMMEPIATE 
SUPERIOR. 


THAT'S 
OOOP TO 
HEAR. I 
HOPE WE CAN 
CONTINUE 
OUR 

RELATIONSHIP 




THE TRIAP'S 
TAKINO THE 
LEAP IN THIS 
MATTER. 


LET'S 
OFT BACK 
TO THE 
SUBJECT. 


THEY RE 
PROBABLY 
HOLDING A 
MEETING AT THE 
GOLDEN SWINGIN 
NIGHT CLUB RIGHT 
ABOUT NOW. DO 
YOU WANT A LIST 
OF WHO'S 
ATTENDING? 











































































































































124 























































HOW TO 
SWIM. 


BUT OETTINO 
ALL EXCITED 
AW falling 

HEADFIRST 
INTO IT WAS 
KINPA LAME. 


WHAT'S 
WITH THE 
LONO FACE, 
ROCK? 

BEINO 
CALLED A 

MOLESTER - 
OET TO you 
THAT MUCH? 


PID YOU OET A 
LOAV OF THAT 
BOATHOUSE? 


I WAS 
TRyiNO 
TO HELP 
HER. 


I THOUGHT 
MAyBE SHE 
PIPN'T KNOW 


NOT SO MUCH 
THE yOUNO 
MASTER, BUT 
THE LITTLE 
AMID WAS 
ECSTATIC. 


125 

























































WHERE 4RE 
THEY ALL 
GOING? 


...THAT 
THE MAFIA? 


HAVEN T 


YOU 


HE/ARP? 


TO THE 
NETWORK 
MEETING.. 


...ABOUT 
THAT THING 
WE'RE ALSO 
INVOLVE? 
WITH. 



NETWORK 

MEETING? 

PUT 

THERE'S 
SO MANY 
OF THEM- 


JUST LIKE MR. 
CHANO SAID, 
THE PROBLEM 
DOESN'T END 
WITH HER. 


GOBS TO 
SHOW HOW 
NERVOUS 
THEY ARE. 


THE MAID, THE 
PEOPLE SHE'S 
UP AOAINST, HER 
OBJECTIVE, 
METHODS, IT'S 
ALL PART OF 
THE PROBLEM. 


TODAY'S 
MEETINO'LL 
DECIDE HER 
FATE... 


...REOARDLESS 
OF WHAT 
OARCIA WANTS 
OR DOESN'T 
WANT. 


WE DON'T 
HAVE MUCH 
TIME LEFT. 































































































































you 

HEARD 

WHAT 

DUTCH 

SAID? 


I HATE TO 

say me, 

ROCK. 


"you OOTTA 
PISTINOUISH 
THE PIVIPE.* 


PUT THE 
WATER'S 
FLOWINO.. 


IT'S THE 
SMART 
WAY TO 
PLAY IT. 
THE RIOHT 
WAY. 


...AROUNP OUR 
FEET. THE YOU NO 
MASTER'S TOO. 
THAT'S THE 
SITUATION. 


THAT'S 

RI6HT. 

PUT... 


THE PIVIPE 
IS FARTHER 
POWN. 


ANP YOU CAN 
ONLY SEE IT AT 
THE MOMENT OF 
IMPACT. 


«? 

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MISS 

BALALAIKA 


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MA'AM, 
THEy'RE ALL 
WAITINO FOR 
YOU INSIPE. 


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SO OUR ' 
THEME 
TONIGHT 15 
SITTING 
THROUGH 
THIS WOP'S 
MONOLOGUE? 


yo, miss 

SALALAIKA 


AND 4 
TERRIBLY 
UNFUNNY ONE 
AT THAT? CAN 
I 00 HOME 
NOW? 


IS THIS YOUR 
BIRTHDAY 
PARTY? IT'S 
PRETTY 
EXTRAVAGANT. 


i±~P 





























/ CUT IT 

' OUT, 

THIS LADY'S T °MASO. 
A COUNTRY 
BUMPKIN. 

SHE PON'T r - 

KNOW WHAT / 
MANNERS ARE. / 


OOH, 

YOU'Re 

SCARING 

MB. 


Hey, 

AMIGO. 


YOU SOU ND 
A LOT LIKE 
THIS 

AMATEUR 
COMEDIAN 
OVER HERE. 


T'M SORRY 
TO INTERRUPT 
YOUR FLIRTINO 
SESSION, BUT 
I'M BUSY. 
LET'S OET 
THIS MEETING 
STARTEP. 



MAYBE I 
OUOHTA 
SMACK 
YOU 

AROUND 
A BIT? 


LIKE THE 
VODKA'S 
GOT YOU 
SHITFACED 
ALREADY. 




I'M SURE 
SOME OF 
YOU ARE 
ALREADY 
AWARE, 
BUT... 


...I'VE ASKEP 
YOU ALL HERE 
FOR NO OTHER 
REASON 
THAN... 


...TO FOLLOW 
UP ON THE MAIP 
WHO STIRRED 
THINOS UP HERE 
A WHILE BACK. 









































































HOST A 


OUT SOME 
CHAMPAONE 
AW BAKE 
'EM A HUOE 
CAKE. ANP 


CILIATION 
PARTY FOR 
THEM. 


yeah, 

THAT'S 

PRETTY 

SIMPLE, 

SIR. 


WE'LL 
WRITE, 
‘WE'RE All 


HER TRUSTEP 
EMPLOYER AW 
MASTER WAS 
ASSASSINATEP. 


MAYBE YOU 
SHOULD'VE 
SET BOB 
SAOET UP AS 
YOUR BOSS? 


HER ENEMIES 
ARE HERE IN 
TOWN AND 
SHE PLANS 
ON TAKINO 
THEM OUT. 


THAT'S NOT 
A BAP PLAN, 
RONNY 

YOU HEAPLINE 
WITH THAT 
ROUTINE ANP 
IT'LL BE NEAR 
PERFECT. 


SINCE WHEN 
PIP THE 
CUPOLA START 
A COMEPY 
TOUR? 


AHA! 


YOU SEEM TO 
KNOW A LOT FOR 
A RUSSKIE HICK. 
BUT I'D 00 WITH 
WILL FERRELL. 


THROW IN 
SOME TITTY 
PANCERS ANP 
THEY'LL EVEN 
BECOME 
PENPALS. 


ONE HAPPY 
FAMILY." 




















X HEARD IT 
WAS A STATUS 
SYMBOL TO EAT 
AT A FAST FOOD 
RESTAURANT IN 
YOUR COUNTRY 


\ V YOU'RE WAY SEE, 
\7 BETTER THAN 
VERROCHIO 
\ WHEN IT 
1 COMES TO r 

, \ OETTINO ON A 

s \\ MY NERVES. / 


EVEN PEOPLE 
LIVINO IN 
TRAILERS EAT 
BETTER THAN 
THAT WHERE 
I'M FROM. 


YOU LIKE 
FRUGALITY? 
OR PO YOU 
PUT... 


YOU MIOHT 
EVEN LIVE 
A LITTLE 
LONOER IF 
YOU CAN 
WALK IT 
LIKE YOU 
TALK IT. 


...A SLICE OF A 
WHOLE COW 
BETWEEN BREAD 
THE SIZE OF A 
SUITCASE TO OET 
YOUR MONEY'S 
WORTH? 


you 

STINKIN' 

RUSSIAN 

BITCH. 


inns 

Hiiii 

Sh 


I CAN 
SHOW YOU 
IF YOU 
WANT. 





















































are we going 

TO BREAK THIS 
UP ANP KILL 
EACH OTHER 
BEFORE WE 
EVEN SET TO 
THE AOENPA? 


IP THAT'S 

what you 

WANT, KNOCK 
YOURSELVES 
OUT. 


I CAN 

IMAGINE THE 
PARTY OYER AT 
THE JUSTICE 
PEPARTMENT 
IF WE PIP. 




v . / 

mf ^ 7 

^ - :cfS\/ - 


THEY'RE 

SOLPIERS. 


ANP NOT JUST ANY 
SOLPIERS. THEWRE 
SPECIAL FORCES 
SOLPIERS TRAINEP 
IN UNCONVENTIONAL 
WARFARE. 


MAY STATE 
ONE MORE 
TROUBLING 
FACT... 


...THEY'RE HIPINO 
IN TOWN UNPER 
ORPERS FROM 
HIOHER UP IN THE 
OOVERNMENT. 
























































WHAT 
THEY'RE 
HERE FOR. 


...AW WHAT 
THEY WANT, 
IS STILL IN 
THE PARK. 


cGUBHACmOS? 
PEBERIAMOS UAMAR 
AL JEFEY... 


SPEAK 

ENGLISH. 


YA SE, CONO. 
MANTENTE CALIAPO, 1 
GUSTAVO. \ 


Y HEY, MR. 
CHICANO. 


NOBODY 
HERE LIKES 
SECRETS. 


...MR. 

ABREOO. 


IT WAS YOUR 
PEOPLE WHO 
FIRST MOVER 
ON THIS 
MATTER. 







...WE HAD 
NOTHIN# TO 
DO WITH THE 
80MBIN#. 


SAME WITH 
THE #RIN#0 
SOLDIERS. WE 


KNOW NOTHIN# f/l 
ABOUT THAT, l/fl 


WE MOVED 
OUR MEN 
UNDER 
ORDERS 
PROM BACK 
HOME. 


THE FARC 
SWITCHED THEIR 
ALLEGIANCE 
TO OUR 
ORGANIZATION 
FROM THE 
MEDELLfN CARTEL 
THEY TOOK 
DOWN. 


THEIR BOSS 
PASTURIA'S 
STANDIN# ORDER 
IS TO KILL HER 
ON SI#HT. 


THAT MAID IS STILL 
FARC'S NUMBER ONE 
MOST WANTED. WE 
NEEDED HER DEAD 
FOR OUR 

RELATIONSHIP WITH 
THEM TO RUN 
SMOOTHLY. 


THEY KNEW 
WHERE SHE 
WAS-THE 
LOVELACE 
PARM IN 
VENEZUELA. 


THEY COULD'VE 
TAKEN HER 
OUT ANY TIME 
THEY WANTED. 


WE COULDN'T 
MOVE UNTIL SHE 
MOVED ON HER 
OWN. 


THE MANSION 
WAS UNPER 
CONSTANT 
SURVEILLANCE 
BY THE LOCAL 
COPS ANP 
PARATROOPERS. 


THERE WAS NO 
REASON TO DO 
SO UNTIL THIS 
TOWN WAS 
DRA##ED IN. 


50 THE 
MASTER 
WASN'T 


STUPID. 


REACHIN# OUT 
TO THE MVR 
ALSO COULD'VE 
BEEN PART OP 
HIS PLANS TO 
HIDE THE MAID. 








RESPECT 
THE WAy 
YOU VO 
THINOS 
HERE... 


THAT'S 
All m 
WANT£P 
TO SAY, 
6BN0R. 


I PON'T SEE 
4 PROBLEM 
WITH THAT, 
CHANG. 


X THOUGHT THEY 
WERE A BUNCH OF 
COWARPS, BUT 
THEy ACTUALiy 
PO HAVE SOME 
BALLS. 


NO MATTER 
WHAT COMES 
OF IT, WE WILL- 
HUNT THAT 
MAIP POWN. 


THE HIGHEST 
PRIORITY YOU 
UNPERSTANP? 
THE HIGHEST. 


\ WE HAVE 

V ORPERS FROM 

/ OUR JBFB TO 

-1 PICKLE HER 

HEAP ANP BRING 
IT BACK TO 
BUCARAMANGA. 

THAT'S AN 
ORPER OF 


NOBOPy'S 
OONNA OET IN 
OUR NAY ANP 
IF YOU PO, WE 
WON'T HOLP 


WANTEP 
By OUR 
BUSINESS 
ASSOCIATES. 


AS LONO AS 
SHE'S ALIVE, 
NOBOPy BACK 
HOME CAN 
SLEEP IN 








WE DON'T 
HAVE ANY 
FAVORS TO 
SELL TO YOU, 
NOR DO WE 
WANT TO 
BUY ANY 
OBLIGATIONS 
EITHER. 


THAT'S 
ALWAYS 
THE CASE 
WITH 
BARBAR¬ 
IANS. 


THAT'S 
WHAT WE'LL 
DO. 1 DON'T 
NEED YOU 
TO TELL ME 
THAT. 


IE THAT'S THE 
DECISION OF 
THIS MEETING, 
AT LEAST PUT 
A BOUNTY ON 
HER HEAD. 


YOU CAN DO 
WHATEVER 
YOU WANT 
TO THE 
MAID. 


US 

CIVILIZED 
PEOPLE 
DON'T KILL 
IF IT 

DOESN'T 

INVOLVE 

MONEY. 


AS LONG AS 
THERE'S NO 
INTERFERENCE. 


you 

DAGO 

PIG. 


OUR ENEMY 
ISN'T THE 
MAID, IT'S 
WHO SHE'S 
AFTER. 


IF YOU DON'T 
LIKE PAIN, GO 
BACK TO YOUR 
PRESSING ROOM 
AND WORK ON 
YOUR COMEDY 
ROUTINE. 


CHANG. 


YOU SAY 
THEIR 
OBJECTIVE 
IS 

UNKNOWN? 


AN ANTI-DRUG 
CAMPAIGN 
THAT'LL SEND 
THE JUNKIES 
INTO A FIT 
OR... 


THEIR 
INTENTIONS 
HERE ARE 
OBVIOUS. 


EITHER WAY, 
THERE'S 
NOTHING 
TO GAIN 
BY BEING 
ON THE 
DEFENSIVE. 


...CAPTURE OR 
ASSASSINATE 
SOMEBODY IN 
ONE OF THE 
SYNDICATES 
HERE. 



m PON'T ’ 
CARB 0Ke 

ll BIT - 


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THE BEST 
STRATEGY IS 
TO PROMPTLY.. 


...WIPE 
THEM OUT 
BEFORE 
THEV CAN 
CARRY OUT 
THEIR PLAN. 



YOU MEAN 
&0 UP 
AOAINST 
THE 

SPECIAL 

FORCES? 


YOU'RE 
CRAZY. 
IT'S AN 
ALCOHOLIC'S 
FANTASY. 


OUYS WITH 
UNITED STATES 
DOOTAOS 
HANOINO 
AROUND THEIR 
NECKS? 


MAYBE THE 
VODKA'S 
WEARING OFF 
AND YOUR 
HANDS ARE 
STARTING TO 
SHAKE. 


THIS IS A 
PROBLEM THAT 
ORGANIZATIONS 
WITH INTERESTS IN 
THIS TOWN HAVE 
TO DEAL WITH. 


I KNOW 
YOU DON'T 
REALLY MEAN 
THAT, YOU 
OODDAMNED 
COMMIE. 


IT HAS NOTHING 
TO DO WITH 
PETTY CROOKS 
LIKE YOU GUYS. 

GO BACK TO 
SICILY AND CHASE 
A SHEEP'S ASS, 
YOU GUTLESS 
WOP. 


YOU JUST 
WANNA OET 
BACK AT THE 
AMERICANS. I'M 
SAYINO THAT'S 
A NUISANCE. 


WE DON'T 
WANT ANY 
PROBLEMS 
WITH THE 
AMERICANS. 


WE DON'T 
WANNA END 
UP LIKE 
PABLO 
ESCOBAR. 


WE COT 
NOTHINO 
TO DO 
WITH THAT. 



YOU WANNA 
HUNT POWN 
THE 

OUT SIPERS 
LIKE THESE 
TWO WANT? 












































IT'S BEEN 
35 YEARS... 











































































































































A MOPERN PAY 
LIBERTALIA. 

A TAINTEP 
"ELSEWHERE." 


F SLESSEP 

WITH TIRELESS 
HARP WORK 
/MSIP A LITTLE 
BIT OF COOP 
FORTUNE, THIS 
„ BACKWATER 

THIS ENTIRE town 
TOWN, HAS " A 

TRANSFORMER ^ 

INTO OUR 

hipE'Out. lAnSrmtih 


OR 

PERHAPS 
EL REY. 


YOU CAN 
TALK ABOUT 
MYANMAR'S 
ANOLO TOWN. 


WE MAKE THE 
LAWS. WE ARE 
THE RULERS 
HERE. 















IT IS 
BECAUSE 
WE'VE 
OVERCOME 
PROBLEMS AND 
HELPER EACH 
OTHER... 


THAT 15 
THI5 
TOWN. 


...THAT WE 
HAVE THIS 
PROSPERITY. 


THAT 15 
ROANAPUR/ 


X ASK you TO 
RESTRAIN 
YOURSELVES 
IN REGARDS 
TO U.S. 
GOVERNMENT 
PERSONNEL. 


BUT IT'S 
DELICATE 
AND 

PRAOILE. 


AND OF 
COURSE.. 


ONCE WE ALLOW 
THE LIOHT TO 
SHINE IN, THERE 
IS NOBODY TO 
PROTECT US. 


WE SHOULD 
AVOID A 
HEAD-TO-HEAD 
CLASH WITH 
THEM UNTIL THE 
VERY LAST 
MOMENT. THAT 
IS WHAT I 
i BELIEVE. 


THE TRIAD 
ACTS WITH 
THE SURVIVAL 
OP THI5 TOWN 
IN MIND. 


IF YOU ARE 
WILLING- TO 
ABANDON ALL 
OF THAT AND 
INSIST ON 
CHARGING 
AHEAD... 


UNTIL IT 
BECOMES 
CLEAR THAT 
THEIR 

PURPOSE IS 
TO MEDDLE 
WITH LOCAL 
APPAIRS... 


..THAT MAID, 
WHO COULD 
POSSIBLY 
BECOME A 
LAND MINE. 


ALLOW ME TO 
STATE THE 
POSITION OF 
THE TRIAD. 




142 



















































































































































IF WE 
CONTINUE 
SUSPECTING 
EACH OTHER, 
CONTINUE 
PURSUING 
OUR OWN 
SELF-INTERESTS 


who do you 

THINK WILL 
BE LEFT 
STANDING IN 
THE RING AT 
THE END? 


...THERE WON'T 
BE ANYBODY 
THERE, LADIES 
AND GENTLEMEN. 


..NOT EVEN 
THE RING 
ITSELF. 


PLEASE 

REMEMBER 

THIS. 


144 











































































: 




I 

iimm 


IfffB 






BL SB NOR CONOCB 

MIS PBBILIPAPBS. 
(THE LORP KNOWS My 
WEAKNESSES.) 


POROUS NAPA SS POSIBLS 
SIN LA GRACIA PS PIOS, TS P/PO 
SSNOR QUS LOS CONSIGNSS COMO 
CONS/PSRSS NSCSSARJO. 
(BECAUSE NOTHING IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT 
HIS ORACE, I ASK YOU LORP TO MAKE 
ME AN INSTRUMENT OF YOUR WILL.) 


PSRM/TS A SSTS PISCIPULO 
SVITAR LOS PSCAPO 
SNVIAPOS. 

CALLOW yOUR PISCIPLE 
TO MOW EVIL.) 


SgsfChaptei 
SSI El Inane 


Chapter 54: 

de la Muerte - 

PartfXl 
































IRp 

mm 

Wmm 

mm 




...PORTUUMNA 

GRACIA. 

C...THROUGH YOUR 
PIVINE &RACt.) 


YLLBVAR A CABO, CON 
RBCVTUP OB LOS 
PBSIGNIOS PB TUS 
PALABRAS... 

CAND CARRY OUT, WITH 
HONOR, YOUR DIVINE PLAN...) 


YPoTAMB PB FUBRZA PARA 
QUB PUBPA ACOGBR Y 
SOBRBPONBRMB... 
CPROVIDE ME WITH THE STRENGTH 
TO ACCEPT AND OVERCOME...) 


YOU DON'T 
LOOK WELL. 


YOU SHOULD 
STOP TAKINO 
THOSE PILLS. 
YOU'RE 
OBVIOUSLY 
OVER-MEDICATINO 
YOURSELF. 





















ami 


PON'T 

YOU... 


...HAVE AUY 
INTENTION OF 
OOINO BACK 
TO THAT 
MANSION? 


THAT BOY 
MUST BE 
WAITING 
FOR you... 






...AT THE 
HACIBNUA 
WHERE THE 
ORCHIPS ARE 
BLOOMINO. 


HE LOVES 
YOU. 


AW YOU 
LOVE HIM, 


you LOVE 
EACH OTHER 
LIKE FAMILV 


wny PON'T 
you HOLP 
ON TO 
THAT? 















































































WHAT 

YOU'Re 

ABOUT 
TO VO... 


REVENUE IS 
MERELY A 
MOTIVE. 


IS IT 
REALLY 
REVENUE? 


WHERE 
YOU ARE 
LOOKINO 
NOW... 


...IS 

SOMEWHERE 
COMPLETELY 
DIFFERENT, NO? 


THE MASTER, 
AND...THE YOUNO 
A/IASTER... SHOULD 
HAVE BEEN 
BLESSED BY 
HEAVEN... THAT'S 
WHY../ 


I : 











































■PV IF A 

RESPONSIBILITY 
EXISTS THAT 
YOU MUST 
...THERE BEAR... 

WILL BE NO 

ATONEMENT i 

NO MATTER A 

WHAT. 


NOT REVENUE 
NOR PRAYER 
NOR 

FORGIVENESS 


NOT EVEN 
DEATH. 


CONTINUING 
ON THIS 
PATH... 


...WILL ONLY 
LEAP YOU TO 
ANOTHER 
HELL. 















































KNOW YOU 
UNDER- 
STAND... 


...WHAT IS 
BEST, WHAT 
ACTIONS 
ARE TRULY 
NECESSARY 
AT THIS 
MOMENT. 


SHUT 

UP 


...ABOUT TO 
RETURN TO 
WHAT you 
ONCE 
WERE. 


A TIME 
//HEN.. 


do you 

REALIZE 

THAT, 

ROSARITA? 


...THE 
FIRE OF 
REVOLU¬ 
TION WAS 
IN you. 


WL 

l I 

m?\ 

A 
















































































































































































OOT YOUR 
CLOTHES 
RIOHT HERE. 
BASICALLY 
EVERYTHING 
YOU ASKEP 
FOR. 


I MADE A 
PEAL-IT'S 
pown TO 
MONEY 
NOW. 


YOU CAN 
OIVE ME A 
THANK-YOU 
KISS AS 
A MATTER OF 
FACT. BY THE 
WAY... 


WHO 

WERE 

YOU... 


TALKING- 

TO? 














































































































































ROCK, 


WHEN A 
CHILD'S IN 
TROUBLE, 
you HELP, 
RIOHT? 


I DON'T 
KNOW HOW 
IT IS IN THIS 
TOWN, BUT 
THAT'S THE 
RIOHT THINO 
TO DO. 


THAT'S A 
TEXTBOOK 
ANSWER. 
BUT... 


WHY DO 
you CARE 
SO MUCH 
ABOUT 
THAT 
KID? 






























































































































































































































































































































































































mo 

FOLLOWS 


YOU IN 

> t 

THERE? 

V / 

m§Y 

> Vrv. 

■ i 

1 

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Chapter 55: 

El Baile de la Muerte - 

Part kii 








































































Y01M6 

A/W5TER...? 


A RE YOU 
SLEEPING? 


...600V! 


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Gl T 
OUTTA 
WE'RE THERE. 
LEAVING. 

WE AIN'T 
OOT MUCH 
TIME. 


” - ( 


WHEN PIP 

you buy a 

BATHINO 

SUIT...? 





XT'S RARE 
TO SEE 
SOMEONE 
OET EXCITER 
OVER A POOL 
THESE PAYS. 


EXCUSE 

ME/ 


VENEZUELA 
IS NOT AN 
UNPEVELOPEP 
COUNTRY/ 


you COT NO 
POOLS WHERE 
you COME 
FROM? 






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I JUST 
PERSON¬ 
ALLY 


WE RAVE A ALLY 
MAGNIFICENT HAVEN'T 
FOUNTAIN AT BEEN IN 
THE AAA NOR, A POOL 
BUT... BEFORE/ 


...I'M 

SORRY, 

YOUNG 

MASTER. 


...MY SANITY 
WOULD BE 
QUESTIONED 
IF I SWAM IN 
THAT. 


YOU'RE 
THE HEAP 
OP THE 
FAMILY... 


yo, 

YOUNG 

MASTER. 


...your 

SERVANT 
HERE'S 
BEEN 
WATCHING 
YOUR EVERY 
MOVE/ 


WHILE YOU 
WERE OUT 
RUNNING 
AROUND 
LOOKING FOR 
FOUR EYES 
ALL DAY... 


ANP you 
COULPN'T 
EVEN SENSE 
THAT MUCH? 
YOU IPIOT. 


DO I LOOK 
LIKE A 

TYRANT WHO 
WOULDN'T 


...YOU 
DIDN'T 
HAVE TO 
KEEP IT A 
SECRET 
FROM ME. 


YOU'RE 

HER 

BOSS. 


BUT IT 
JUST GOES 
TO SHOW 
HOW LOYAL 
SHE IS TO 

you. 


WHEN THE 
BOSS IS 


ACTING LIKE 
THAT... 


...HOW 
COULP SHE 
S AY SHE 


WANTS TO 
RELAX? 











I WILL 
NOT PERMIT 
YOU... 


FABIOLA.../ 


...TO 
SPEAK TO 
THE YOUNG- 
MASTER 
LIKE THAT/ 


oww/ 

CUT IT 
OUT, 

TWERP// 

AWEE/ 


you CAME ALL 
THE WAY HERE 
WITH ME. I 
SHOULDN'T 
HAVE WORRIED 
yOU AS WELL... 


I AM IN 
A RUSH. 
BUT... 


SHE'S 

RIOHT. 


NATURAL 
TO PEEL 
RUSHED, 
YOUNG 
MASTER. 


OARCIA. 


I'VE BEEN 
INCONSIDERATE 
OF My 
POSITION. 


i m 

SORRY. 


ROBERTA 
SHOULD 
BE WITHIN 
YOUR REACH 
SOON. 





















THE HARP 
PART IS 
60INS TO BE 
CAPTURING 
HER. 


weve GO T THOSE 
SHE'S TRyiNO TO 
TAKE OUT, THOSE 
WHO ARE TRyiNO TO 
TAKE HER OUT, ANP 
THOSE TRyiNO TO 
TAKE APVANTAOE 
OF HER. 

WE HAVE TO 
UNTANOLE THEM 
ANP PUT THEM 
ALL WHERE THEy 
8ELONO. 


BUT... 



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OH IT'S 

you, 

R BVY! 


i was 

WORRIER 
/1BOUT THE 
SMOOTHNESS 
OP THE SURE. 


IT'S BEEN 
A WHILE. 
HOW'S THE 
CUTLASS? 




XT 

COULDN'T 

BE 

BETTER. 


HMM? 


BUT I FEEL 
LIKE IT'S 
SETTING 
KINDA LOOSE 
AROUND 
THE SEAR 
recently; 


' LET'S NOT 
STAND AROUND 
HERE. COME 
IN TO THE 
WORKSHOP AND 
I'LL TAKE A 
LOOK AT IT. , 


jlCBDSK 


ACTUALLY, 

POPS... 


I CAME 
HERE FOR 
SOMETHING 
ELSE. 


SOMETHING 

ELSE? 


Qj YOU NEED 
H ME TO 

m build you 

m SOMETHING 
AOAIN? 


.. 

J. 















































































































































































A TALLBR 
VERSION OF 
SHORT 
STUFF HERE, 
WITH 

OLASSES, 
RIOHT? 


50 SHE 
WAS 
HERE. 


v *»> 


WANT ME 
TO ARM 
HER UP 
TOO? 


R m 

m JMf' Aw 


ANOTHER 

ONE? 


SI 


■^v 


( v 4 

tJ e 


T-rfTi 1 




SHE WAS 
SAO'S 
REFERRAL. 


SHE WAS A 
FIRST-TIMER, 
BUT X LET 
HER IN. 


•it 

HI 

HI 

ill 


WE'RE NOT 
THE RIP-OFF 
CHURCH. I'M 
A OUNSMITH 
AND IT'S JUST 
A HOBBY. 

SHE 

ALREADY 
HAD HER 
OWN PIECE. 


"A 


TROUBLE? 


© 


NO. 


NOT YET 
ANYWAY 


111 


WHAT'D SHE 
COME HERE 
FOR? 


SUNS? 









































































































































WHAT'S 
THAT OIRL 
TRYINO TO PO 
WITH THAT 
ANTIQUE? 




LATER, 

FOPS. 


IF SHE 
COMES BY 
AOAIN, CALL 
US AT THE 
OFFICE. 


REVy/ 



VO/ 






ONE IS 
"PAYBACK." 


ANP THE 
OTHER IS 
"COINS 
POSTAL." 



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BREN CAN 
ROUNV UP 
ENOUGH 
MEN. 


IS THAT 
ALL 

RIOHT? 


BREN'S PLAN IS 
TO PIOHT THE 
MAIN FORCE 
TOGETHER WITH 
YOU, BUT... 


I'M 

BACK. 












































































































































































































































50 X 
PON'T 
KNOW 
WHAT'S 
00IN0 ON. 

V 


''S'" 4 


m... 


m 


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my 

VAVVY AW 
MOMMY 
AREN'T 
HERE... 


OH 

REALLY? 


ANYWAY, 
YOUR 
EYES ARE 
SCARY- 


SHENHUA 

LOOKS 

PRETTY 

HARP-UP. 


AFTER 
SEEIN' 
yOLANPA 
NOTH INS- 
SURPRISES 
ME. 


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HEY, 

SIS. 




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YOUNS// 1 


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UPBRINS- , 

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SHUT 

UP// 


SHOWS- 


BAO 

HASN'T 

CHANSEP 

MUCH. 


CAPTAIN/ 


/JW/ifA 

I 


COME TO 
THINK 

OF IT. I you 
I HAVEN'T I SUYS 

SEEN THE I TOO? 

SERSEANT 


OH. 




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hey it's hiroe. 

THE ROBERTA ARC IS TURNING OUT TO 
BE LONGER TUAN EXPECTEP. 

BUT IT'S THE TURNING POINT AW 
CONTAINS THINOS THAT BECOME 
INTEGRAL TO THE REST 0F THE STORY, 
SO I HOPS YOU ENJOY IT HAVINO OAT) 
THAT THERE'LL BE LOTS AW LOTS OP 
SHOOTINO COMINO UP TH/AT I HELP 
BACK ON IN THIS VOLUME. 

SHOUT OUTS TO THE FOLLOWING 
PEOPLE. 

EPITOR/MR. WOO 
ASSISTANTS/XTAKO, TOPA, AZUMA 

COOPERATION 

ENOLISH/PANIEL KANEMITSU 
RUSSIAN/MILITARY HISTORY/JUOO 
TSUKUPA, XTSUKI AKIBA 

COLORING/ NE-YAN 

SPECIAL THANKS 
KSC 

ALTER/MAX FACTORY 
+ 

ALL THE FANS. 

I'M SKIPPING MY FRIENPS THIS TIME. 
I'LL SEE YOU IN VOLUME EIOHT. 

-flWWof, Gfrmfff 20,2007 





Editor’s Note 



The FARC 

The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary 
Armed Forces of Colombia) was established as the military wing of the 
Colombian Communist Party in 1964. Since its formation, the FARC has 
waged a guerilla war against the Colombian government and perceived 
U.S. influence in the region. In addition to carrying out numerous 
terrorist attacks, the FARC has managed to gain control of large areas 
of rural Colombia. In the 1980s the FARC became involved in drug 
trafficking with the infamous Medellin cocaine cartels, warring with 
some and striking deals with others. The FARC also developed ties with 
the IRA. Currently the FARC is still active, and the guerilla war continues. 
Despite several attempts at peace talks, no lasting agreements with the 
Colombian government have been reached. 


Like many of the characters in Black Lagoon , Roberta is running away 
from the horrors of her past life. Service as a maid in the Lovelace 
household was a cover at first but soon became a new life entirely, and 
one she desperately wanted to hold on to. The assassination of Garcia’s 
father is not only the catalyst for events in the “Baile de la Muerte” 
story arc, it’s also a turning point for Roberta. Her story may also pose 
a grim question to all the characters in Black Lagoon: when your soul is 
burdened with the darkest of sins, is there any chance of redemption? 


V / 'Mfflf/rr 









Editor’s Note 



u.s. soconn 

The U.S. SOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) is a 
joint command that oversees the various special operations forces 
of the U.S. military. It includes units from the U.S. Army such as 
the 75th Ranger Battalion and U.S. Army Special Forces (the 
Green Berets), the U.S. Navy (SEALS), the Air Force (1st Special 
Operations Wing), and the U.S. Marine Corps. Some of the most 
highly trained unconventional warfare and anti-terrorism units in 
the world, such as the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment 
Delta (Delta Force) and the Naval Special Warfare Development 
Group, are under SOCOM command. 


Major Caxton was involved in Operation Eagle Claw, the failed 
attempt to rescue American hostages held by Iran in 1980. The 
mission was to be conducted by the newly created Delta Force but 
turned into a disaster because of a helicopter crash at a desert 
staging area. Major Caxton’s service in the Special Forces goes 
back to Vietnam, and memories of that conflict still haunt, and 
perhaps guide, his actions in the present.