"The Snatch Job"
The Expendables #2 (Dynamite)
Written by Chuck Dixon
Illustrated by Esteve Polls
Colored by Mark Rueda
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Cover by Lucio Parillo
The team takes on a new assignment, to run a catch and grab on a
protected Russian national suspected of raping and murdering the
daughter of a Washington official.
Notes from the Expendables chronology
The Expendables comic book mini-series was a 4-issue
prequel series to the first movie in the Expendables
Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue
(Where relative, I have added the name of the actor who plays the
character in the movies for aid in visualizing the characters)
(actor Sylvester Stallone)
Lee Christmas (actor Jason Statham)
Elya Valyev Gosprovich
Tool (actor Mickey Rourke)
Gunner Jensen (actor Dolph Lundgren)
Hale Caesar (actor Terry Crews)
Yin Yang (actor Jet Li)
Tex (probably an ironic nickname given by Gunner, considering
"Tex" is a Russian night club operator)
Toll Road (actor Randy Couture)
Seemingly, Dynamite Entertainment did not have rights to the
actors' likenesses, as the artist depictions of the characters
in the mini-series do not particularly look like the actors who
play them in the Expendables movie.
The issues of this mini-series did not have titles. I have
chosen the title of
"The Snatch Job" for this study
based on the story's focus of the Expendables accepting a job to
make a snatch and grab on a Russian nationalist suspected of
rape and murder in the U.S.
On page 1, R.J. uses an Ashi laptop. This appears to be a
fictitious brand. The cap lock key on the laptop keyboard has
the Spanish words for "caps lock" on it, Bloq Mayús.
R.J. tells Barney and Lee that the raped and murdered body of
the daughter of a Washington bigwig was found on the Garden
State Parkway. The
Garden State Parkway is Route 444, a toll way running the length
of the state of New Jersey, north-south.
Barney asks R.J. if the murder suspect,
Russian national Elya Gosprovich, is GRU. GRU stands for
Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye (Main Intelligence
Directorate) the main foreign military intelligence agency of
the Russian Federation.
R.J. tells Barney they don't know what
Gosprovich's connections are in Russia and jokes, "Maybe his daddy
golfs with Putin." Vladimir Putin was the President of Russia
from 2000-2008 and then Prime Minister of Russia in 2010 when
this story was written, serving in that role from 2008-2012.
Putin is currently President again.
Page 4 opens just outside of Juarez. This is presumably the
small town of Juarez in Texas, on the border of Mexico. Aguilo
mentions a crossing at
Matamoros, which is a Mexican municipality near Juarez.
On page 4, Aguilo's captive says, "Por favor, amigo"
and "sí". These are Spanish for "Please, friend," and
"yes". Aguilo calls him viejo, which means "old man".
On page 5, Aguilo answers his cell phone with "Dirijasse."
This is basically Spanish for "Go ahead." The phone call is from
Jorgito, who refers to Aguilo as hermano; this is
Spanish for "brother".
On page 6, Jorgito refers to Aguilo as ese. This
is a Spanish term of address towards a man.
Tool uses a Cranke Service crane on page 6. This appears to be a
Tool tells Barney he could fix him up with a nice Aloette
chopper for their mission instead of shipping Barney's beat-up
Alouette is a range of helicopter models manufactured by Sud
Aviation, a French aircraft manufacturer from 1957-1970.
The silhouetted animals in the desert in the top panel of page 8
are probably prairie dogs.
On page 11, Gunner suggests that
Gosprovich could be from Gasprom.
a Russian natural gas company.
Barney remarks that east of the Urals is Gunner's world.
The Urals is a roughly north-south running
mountain range in Russia. They are largely recognized to be the
division point between Europe and Asia.
The "N" in the aircraft tail number (N471) of the plane
Learjet) taken to Russia by Barney and his team indicates it
is registered in the United States.
On page 13, Barney and his crew arrive in Moscow.
Moscow, of course, is the capital of Russia.
On page 14, the team find Gunner in a Moscow night club called
Bratsivmay, which Caesar translates as "Nasty". I've been unable
to confirm bratsivmay as the corresponding Russian
word. They tell the bouncer at the club that Gunner is a friend
of theirs, a tovarich; this is Russian for "comrade".
On page 15, Barney asks Gunner why his little safaris always end
up with a crystal binge. "Crystal" is a reference to "crystal
meth", a street term for the drug methamphetamine.
On page 17, Gunner says to Barney that the brawl they are in at
Bratsivmay reminds him of a time in Karachi.
a city in Pakistan.
On page 19, after the team is thrown into holding cells by
Moscow police, Barney laments the possibility they could wind up
in a Gulag until Yin reminds him that Russia doesn't have Gulags
anymore. The Gulag was the Russian government agency that
administered the forced labor camps of the Soviet Union from the
1930s through early 1960s; the term "Gulag" is often used for
the camps themselves when discussed by the Western world.
Gunner learns that
Gosprovich is being protected aboard an old Soviet battleship in
the Black Sea off Yalta that has been converted for private use
for a friend of Putin's.
Yalta is a city
on the Crimean Peninsula.
Aguilo and Jorgito catch up to Tool in Bel-Air.
is an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Tool is driving a
as he cruises through Bel-Air.
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