Agent Liberty Special #1
Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Dusty Abell, Jackson Guice, Steve Mitchell and Mike Machla
Right about now, a lot of you are probably saying “Agent who?!?”
I get that question a lot whenever I mention Agent Liberty Special #1. I guess this is one of those comic book that people missed when it came out in 1992. Had it not been for a local convenience store, I might have missed the issue too. But lucky for me, the store had one copy Agent Liberty Special #1 on its comic rack, and it was mine.
If you’re unfamiliar with the character, Agent Liberty is Benjamin Lockwood, a former CIA agent who left the agency because of the methods and the types of missions he was being assigned. He later became disenchanted with the Federal Government completely, so he joined the paramilitary group called the Sons Of Liberty, who outfitted him with the costume and weaponry he uses as Agent Liberty. But after the Sons’ leadership tasked him with assassinating politician Pete Ross, Lockwood refused and left the Sons.
However, Agent Liberty Special #1 was not his first appearance. The character first popped up in the Pages of Superman, where Agent Liberty seemed to share Superman’s ideals. However, his motives and methods – were not the same as the man of steel. But it wasn’t until the Agent Liberty Special when we got to know the character’s backround and origin.
In this one-shot, we learn Agent Liberty’s of his deepest secrets are revealed, and the reasons he’s doing what he’s doing now. The story written by Dan Jurgens, sees Agent Liberty trying to stop some Iranian terrorists at the Pentagon. The terrorist manage to escape with a tape that ties into Agent Liberty’s past as a CIA agent in Iran. So not only is national security at stake, but his own identity could be in danger as his past comes back to haunt Agent Liberty.
What called may attention at first, was the killer cover by Jurgerns and Jackson Guise. Seeinf that costume with the arm blades out, made me wnat to know more about this guy. And I am so glad I picked up this comic, because it has all the action, espionage, drama, and gut wrenching moments you want, and more.
Agent Liberty Special #1 serves as an origin issue for the character, but it’s got so much more than that. It’s has a solid supporting cast, and a tale that still holds up today. At 48 pages, Agent Liberty Special #1 was a steal for only $2.00. Dan Jurgens jams so much story into this comic, that you’ll leave satisfied knowing you got your money’s worth.
As good as this comic was, I was crushed at the time that it wasn’t at least a four issue mini series. There’s so much good stuff in here, that its begging for more space to develop certain plot points. But as far as I know, this was Agent Liberty’s only solo book. Although I seem t remember he starred in one of the Showcase series from the mid 90’s. And he was briefly a member of the Justice League after Superman died, but that didn’t last very long.
I don’t know if Agent Liberty exists in the current DC Comics, but it would be cool if he popped up again. DC could even update him for the present day, and with so much stuff going on in the real world, there’s plenty of story material. But until that happens, I’ll have to settle with re-reading Agent Liberty Special #1.