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Liberator: Earth Crisis #1 - Salvation of Innocents Review

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There's a new Liberator in town (and a new Earth Crisis album). Animal testers, watch out!

The Good

Comics and music often make for a great natural pairing, but it's rare to see one executed so tightly; Earth Crisis' eighth studio album -- also titled Salvation of the Innocents -- was released in tandem with this series. The inside cover directs us to listen to it as a companion album; fans of metalcore and/or vegan activism, this is for you.

The LIBERATOR series reminds us that even though comics are entertainment, they don't have to lack a substantial, significant message. Blowing past the more abstract fare that we often see in mainstream comics -- lessons that boil down to things like "believe in yourself," "teamwork is important," and so forth -- SALVATION OF THE INNOCENTS takes a more targeted, hardcore tone with its anti-cruelty messaging. Matt Miner (along with pals from Earth Crisis) is serious, as in not-allowing-you-to-avert-your-eyes-from-a-vivisection serious.

#1 was a two-cover issue, and they're both great to look at. Rod Reis brings his painterly style to LIBERATOR's bolt-cutter-wielding heroine, and Menton3 gifts us with a cover that's just hauntingly beautiful.

The Bad

There's a lot going on visually, and I think dialing back a little bit on some of the highlights, textures, and shadows would give the pages a smoother look. Shiny hair and wrinkled clothing can sometimes fight for attention with word balloons, and I'd like to see the art support the dialogue rather than compete with it.

The Verdict

The newest inclusion in the LIBERATOR line keeps up the "comics for a cause" spirit of the original, and it's not afraid to demand that readers think about their world. Combining music, story, and a strong message, SALVATION OF THE INNOCENTS will make you want to cuddle the nearest animal -- and possibly adopt a rescue pet. It's not a series for the faint of heart, but heart is definitely something that this book carries in spades.

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Posted by longbowhunter

Used to have a roommate who worked out like a madman and listened to a lot of Victory Records bands (Integrity, In Cold Blood, etc). Don't believe I ever heard any Earth Crisis coming from his room though.

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Used to have a roommate who worked out like a madman and listened to a lot of Victory Records bands (Integrity, In Cold Blood, etc). Don't believe I ever heard any Earth Crisis coming from his room though.

All I listened to in high school was Earth Crisis.

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Posted by longbowhunter

@inferiorego: My senior year I looked like an extra in a Slayer video. Hightop Nikes, sleeveless Testament shirt, dangly battleaxe earring. Did I graduate in 1987? Nope, try 2001.

Posted by inferiorego

@inferiorego: My senior year I looked like an extra in a Slayer video. Hightop Nikes, sleeveless Testament shirt, dangly battleaxe earring. Did I graduate in 1987? Nope, try 2001.

I looked like a gutter punk... during the death of punk music, in 2000

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Posted by longbowhunter

@inferiorego: I played in punk bands all throughout middle school and high school. I remember having a leather jacket with the Ghostbusters logo on the back. The ghost was holding a sack of money in each hand and spray painted underneath was "Die Yuppie Scum". The administration liked it only slightly more than my Meatmen "Crippled Children Suck" t-shirt.

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Posted by cerial442

I still listen to Earth Crisis, and still love hardcore, really looking forward to the new album. I may check this book out.