Liberator #2 Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra, Yasmin Liang, Kathryn Mann
Cover by Yildiray Cinar and Rod Reis Black Mask Studios
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
Picking up from setting the scene in the preliminary issue, Liberator #2 kicks into gear pretty quickly, and begins to lead into a variety of plot threads that are all heading in an interesting direction. The story continues to focus on the issues surrounding animal cruelty, and quite successfully showcases two vigilante heroes in a realistic context.
After establishing main protagonist Damon’s night-time undertakings into destroying the operations of individuals that abuse or neglect animals, he begins casing his next target. Upon entering the property he is doing a recce on, he finds he was followed by friend Jeanette, who is also passionate about the welfare of animals. The two forge an alliance, and begin working collectively on their missions.
Liberator #1 Created and Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra, and Yasmin Liang
Covers by Yildiray Cinar, Joel Gomez, Rod Reis, Tim Seely, Beth Sotello Black Mask Studios
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
I can recall many moons ago (I won’t tell you how many because it would make me feel old), obsessive over my favorite comic book superheroes, pondering about what it would be like if someone was able to take these elements of the fantastic heroes and place them into a realistic, and believable context.
While we’ve seen Christopher Nolan bring a realistic grit to the Batman concept in film, and the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. team brings a realism context in the shape of Kick-Ass, we’ve not yet (really) come across a “real” superhero with a “real” cause. And by that cause, I’m referring to something other than supervillain crimefighting.
Enter Liberator: a new series funded by Kickstarter, and released by Black Mask comics that takes the concept of a realistic hero (no costumes, just ski masks and dark apparel), and places them against a real cause they believe worth fighting for.
Artist Andy Trabbold took a shot at doing a redesign of Firestorm, the DC Comics superhero, and it is totally awesome.
For those of you that don’t follow Project Rooftop, it’s a place that showcases fan art redesigns of popular characters from all of pop culture. They’ve had contests on redesigning Wonder Woman, Invincible, and many other characters in the past, and while there aren’t any big contests going on right now, there a couple of gems here and there. And the Andy Trabbold redesign of Firestorm is one of those gems.