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The Liberty Project features villains trying to be heroes

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm •  Published: January 4, 2011

“The Liberty Project” collection from About Comics, released in 2003, collects the eight issues and one special published featuring the characters, created by Kurt Busiek (“Marvels,” “Astro City”) and James W. Fry.

The premise is similar to DC’s Suicide Squad — superpowered villains are given the opportunity to reduce their sentences by working for the government.    Fans of Busiek’s

later work on “Thunderbolts” or “Power Company” will see similar themes explored.

Originally published by Eclipse, the series features a guest appearance by Valkyrie and Airboy.

The black-and-white collection features issues 1-8 and the special Total Eclipse: The Seraphim Objective.    That’s every appearance of the characters other than “Jack Kirby’s TeenAgents” #3 from Topps Comics, where Busiek brought the Project back for one issue.

The characters included reluctant leader Slick; intellectual inventor Crackshot; hot-headed youngster Burnout and the flamboyantly feisty Cimmaron.  In the first issue, they are sent to track down Johnny Savage, a teen who transforms in a Hulk-like manner into a huge demonic-looking creature.

This is a fun, well-written comic book that I wish there were more issues of to read.

- Matt Price
Comics read so far in 2011 – 22.  1,989 to go!

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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