Posted on August 22, 2013 AT 09:23pm
In promotion of the successful Liberator indie film, the star of the series Lou Ferrigno has teamed up with Bluewater Comics to create a special two-issue mini featuring himself and representing the film. The Lou Ferrigno: Liberator comic will expand on the universe that the film has created and add another notch to the superhero belt of the legendary actor.
This introductory issue brings a lot into place for those who haven’t seen the Liberator film. It shows the beginnings of star superhero Liberator, now a washed-up scumbag whose reputation is eternally tarnished for the admittance of guilt in a crime that he now says he was set-up to take the fall for. The first issue is nearly all flashback, with Liberator recounting the events that got him to where he is now, inside a studio, giving an interview about the tell-all book he wrote about his experiences. Not everything is as it seems, however, as Liberator is in for quite a few surprises regarding him words, his work, and those he cares about.
The writers and creators of the Liberator short film, Jim Cirile and Aaron Pope took the writing duties on this one, and the writing itself is pretty well done. It tells the story while allowing for the major cliffhanger to come in at the end of the issue, making it a nice, neat script that tells an engaging story. While it seemed unnecessary to use as much cursing in the context of the story (given that it was supposed to be an interview), it all wrapped up quite well.
The artwork, however, is a different story. The art team of Gerry Kissell, Jesse D’Angelo and Chris McCarver come up with what looks like a great book, but only in bursts. Some pages look great, while others look like another artist did them entirely, making it an inconsistent and sometimes odd looking issue. The letter is also majorly out of place, with font sizes and speech bubbles looking far too large, overlapping far too much of the panel and making everything look very cramped on several of the pages. While the art style is relatively well done, there are many flaws in the execution that really take away from the story being told.
Summary: With this superheroic short film now screening in select locations, the tie-in comic explains a bit more of the tale. While the story itself completes that task, the lettering and artwork work against it, telling a story of inconsistent work and crowded word balloons. Despite that, it’s an interesting read, and while it has a long way to go before it’s considered a great book, it’s worth a look.
Pros: Interesting Story
Cons: Inconsistent Artwork, Crowded Lettering
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