REVIEW: “Liberator” #4

(Black Mask Studios, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Creator/Writer: Matt Miner
Art: Javier Sanchez Aranda
Colors: Joaquin Pereyra
Letters/Edits: Vito Delsante
Cover: Chris Burnham (art), Rod Reis (colors)

Each and every comic lover has, at one time or another, read a book and thought, “I can do that…and I can do it better.” In some cases it may have even been true. Matt Miner has done what so many of us wish we could do. He has written and produced his own comic. Liberator #4 is on the shelves, and it signifies the end of the four issue series.

To end a series is a difficult thing. Very often the hype gets to be too much for the creators, and you end up with something either unbelievable or unsatisfying. Matt Miner has found the perfect balance in his closing issue, an ending that follows the previous plot points and only happens in the final pages, when revelations take place that make the whole thing plausible.

The main characters, Jeanette and Damon, stay true to the main ideas behind them, most importantly by what drives them and the mental stops that are or are not in place with each of them. Jeanette is focused on the fair treatment of animals. Damon, although agreeing with that, has ulterior motives that lead him down a darker and more violent path. Animal rights are secondary to his true goal, which is creating havoc for those he feels are in the wrong.

Aranda has kept pace with the story, keeping his art consistent while in the face of some truly horrible things, a professionalism that is to be commended. Aranda has kept it real, and paired with the coloring work of Joaquin Pereyra have made this a great-looking book.

It isn’t often that you can predict the success of a kickstarter campaign, but if you were to hop in your DeLorean and go back less than a year you could see, just by the popular backing it had then that it would be a success. Punk rockers Bad Religion, Propaghandi, and Descendents all pitched in, giving support to this project. If that weren’t enough, Miner also assembled a great crew of comic artists to supply kickstarter rewards for the project.

But the time has come, when we see the end of a short run comic that has become an integral part of ncbd for many people. Matt Miner has created a couple of great comic characters here, but the reason for the success is not the combination of good story and artist. It is the that the passion for the subject matter has woven itself throughout the book, so that even when he is writing something that would seem banal out of context, it takes on meaning that it would normally not have. A glib conversation among friends is suddenly filled with deeper meaning as we see a new dimension in the character of Jeanette or Damon.

As if it weren’t hard enough to get a comic off the ground, Miner has successfully landed this plane as well, and his passion for the subject matter has shone throughout the process. Pick up Liberator #4 and you’ll see that as well.

“Liberator” #4 will be available October 16th from Black Mask Studios.

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