Finally. That marketplace made me recoil from finishing the page several times. But now it's done.
FIRST: BTOM - Cover
Little Education Time:
The man with the "collar" in the middle of the first panel is a slave. Yes, the Aztecs did have slaves, which were often brought from distand regions outside the Aztec lands. In times of famine, or when they were in debt, Aztec people sold themselves as slaves, because as a slave you had shelter and food. Certain crimes were punished by enslaving the criminal to the service of the offended party. As a slave you could aquire land, property, and even slaves of your own, and you could eventually buy yourself free, when your debt was paid. Children born to slaves did not inherit the status, they were free.
When a new slave was brought to the slave market, he "had one last chance of regaining his freedom. If he could escape from the market place and reach the sanctuary of the ruler’s palace he became a free man, and the law gave him a sporting chance by forbidding anybody except the owner or the owner’s son to try and catch him. Any other person who interfered in the chase was punished by being enslaved himself." (Written/compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)