Advance Review: LIBERATOR #1

LIBERATOR #1
Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda
Release Date: June 19, 2013

liberator_issue1cover-timseeleyTo all those who cannot speak, yet are facing violence and torment…liberation is coming.

Liberator is the Kickstarted series spearheaded by writer Matt Miner. Miner’s voice comes through in this title strong and clear – that he, and the characters within, simply will not stand for the cruelty of animals that exists in this world. The message of Liberator hits like a smack in the face, and it is great that Miner did not hide his message in layers of subtlety or subtext. The out-front-brashness of Liberator suits his characters and subject matter perfectly, and I applaud him for that. This is a first issue, so much of it is laying the groundwork for what is to come, but Miner does a solid job of balancing the setup with some well paced action sequences as well. The dialogue is solid, though sometimes a bit obvious, but not to the point of being overly distracting. Miner sets up a decent amount of mystery in this first issue, and has more than enough open plotlines to take this series in a lot of entertaining directions.

The art in Liberator #1 varies in quality compared to the writing, with some extremely powerful panels and some inconsistencies throughout. The strong art does outweigh the lesser panels, but there were times the reading flow was broken, which was slightly disappointing. The story is by no means let down by its art, as the tone of the script and visuals match each other very well. Sanchez Aranda’s talent is obvious, and the strong panels show some impressive skills that will hopefully shine through even stronger going forward. The colours in the book, provided by Joaquin Pereyra, do an excellent job of helping to visually segregate time sequences in the book, and are very strong throughout.

Liberator #1 is a comic with a strong voice filled with passion. The creative team has a lot of interesting directions they can take the story going forward, and the issue kicks off the series very well. This is definitely worth picking up, I’d bet solid money you’ll be back for issue #2.

Verdict: 7.5/10

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