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Liberator: Everyday Superheroes Come to Comics


I have to admit, I didn’t know about Black Mask’s successful Kickstarter for this project. I stumbled across it on a routine pilgrimage to my local comic book store. The cover caught my attention right away, and it came well-recommended from my comic book store girl (Yes, I have a comic book store girl. And she’s awesome.), so I picked it up. I didn’t know what to expect, but with an eye-catching cover like this, I was hopeful.

liberatorI was not disappointed. Liberator is good reading. Written by real-life dog rescuer Matt Miner and illustrated by Javier Aranda, we meet Damon Guerrero, barista by day, animal rescuer by night; we also meet Jeanette, an animal rights activist. Each has his and her own way of approaching the cause – Jeanette is out there, in the public eye, getting arrested for taking part on protests; Damon is much more of a vigilante. He likes the hands-on work of liberating animals from dog fighting operations and fur farms.

The images associated with Damon’s work are visceral and heartbreaking: a pit bull’s smiling face as Damon approaches him; the skinned carcasses of raccoons discarded after their fur has been harvested. Paired with Miner’s narrative: “If I can get away with this maybe I can get their faces out of my head. Maybe I can sleep”, reading this comic is like a gut punch that demands you take action. Maybe not extreme actions like the characters in the book, but the desire to do something to make this world a little better for everyone to share. Just the act of buying this book is doing something: 30% of the profits from this four-issue miniseries are going to animal rescue efforts. Buy the books, make life a little better for an animal who could certainly use it.

I’m glad I picked up this title. I’m interested in seeing where Damon and Jeanette go over the next four issues, and have added it to my pull list. Give it a shot.

Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Aranda
Price: $3.50
On Sale: 06/19/13
Diamond ID: APR130919

About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.


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