A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Black Mask’s animal rescue title, Liberator, by Matt Miner. It’s the story of a couple of “everyday heroes”, two animal rescue vigilantes, Damon and Jeanette. Issue 1 set the stage, and Miner ups the ante in Issue 2 – Damon has plans to take out a fur farm, until an unexpected partner joins his cause.
We saw some pretty visceral, evocative images in Issue 1 – there’s more to be found here; neither Miner nor artist Javier Aranda shy away from the realities of animal testing and its aftermath. Miner also begins exploring the opposing viewpoint of liberation by giving us characters who equate vigilantes with domestic terrorists. He’s got a strong viewpoint, so if this isn’t your thing, this isn’t your book. But if you’ve ever been nuzzled by a dog, or had a kitten fall asleep on you, I really urge you to pick it up.
Miner also uses Liberator as a platform for education; there’s an article on life in the lab by animal rights lawyer, founder and president of the Beagle Freedom Project, Shannon Keith. There’s a letters page with fan art and cosplay photos – clearly, this title hits a nerve with people and it’s catching on.
Liberator #2 hits shelves on July 24th. Take a look at some of the art from the issue.
We’ve redacted the above image, due to its spoiler content, with apologies to Matt Miner and any who may have read the review without knowledge of the image beforehand.
– Rosemary Kiladitis
– Chuck (the editor monkey)
Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Aranda
Cover Artist: Yildiray Cinar, colors by Rod Reis
Colorist: Joaquin Pereyra
Letterer/Editor: Vito Delsante
On Sale: 07/24/13
Diamond ID: MAY130920