Written by Billy Tucci, Henry Vogel, Dennis Mallonee, and Mike W. Barr
Illustrated by Billy Tucci, Mark Propst, Andrew Pepoy, and Rob Jones
Letters by Albert Deschesne
Colours by Mike Kelleher, Jason Millet, and Rob Jones
Cover by Billy Tucci
Published by Heroic
the three cents.
Yes, this was the FCBD issue from a few years ago, but it collects four great but rare shorts that had previously appeared in issues of both Liberty Girl and Anthem, and this book evolved on into the Liberty Comics giant-sized anthology issues where tons of guest talent took a crack at the WW2 era of the Heroic Publishing universe. Set at different points between the late 1930s and mid 1940s, these tales feature Liberty Girl, a patriotic young heroine who is a superheroing soldier for her country while still refining her own political belief system.
The first story, written and drawn by Tucci, explains the fictional backstory behind what was probably the most iconic photo taken of the war. Tucci’s work can be very popular, but this is not the greatest example of his storytelling abilities, with an aerial rescue that is just not at all well conducted. The second tale was nicer, involving a territorial mob conflict and with Vogel and Propst throwing in references as scattered as the Nighthawks at the Diner painting, the silver screen comedy legend WC Fields, and the very first Superman cover. The third tale may have been the strongest, with Mallonee providing a not heard often enough spin on certain environmental concerns, as Pepoy illustrates a great run-in between a cowgirl and a cactus-man. The final story was also pretty sharp, with the awesome Barr putting Liberty Girl in a position to acknowledge the Japanese-American citizens forced into concentration camps right here in the states (which actually endured well over a decade beyond the close of WW2). Jones strikes some dynamic forms in his characterizations, swinging full art and doing a decent job of it. Deschesne letters the entire issue, and so helps provide some needed consistency. In that same vein, Kelleher, Millet, and Jones are all fantastic colourists, all bright and vivid with their hues in very similar manners.
Nothing major happens in this one-shot, but it serves as an excellent introduction to the character, who is one of the newer and immediately more popular of the Heroic stable. And themed anthologies are always a gas.