The Liberty Project
|The Liberty Project|
|Publication date(s)||June 1987 – May 1988|
|No. of issues||8|
|Created by||Kurt Busiek
James W. Fry
|Written by||Kurt Busiek|
|Artist(s)||Richard Howell (#6)|
|Penciller(s)||James W. Fry (#1-5, 7-8)|
|Inker(s)||Doug Hazlewood (#1-5, 7-8)|
|The Liberty Projecy||ISBN 0-9716338-2-7|
They appeared later in some crossovers:
- In Total Eclipse The Seraphim Objective, a Total Eclipse one-shot tie-in.
- In Jack Kirby's TeenAgents #3, in the Secret City Saga as a part of the Kirbyverse.
The series told the story of a team of four (later five) former criminals, all of whom incidentally had super powers. After the U.S. government quickly learns that the cost of locking up super-powered criminals is prohibitive, the original four team members--Cimarron, Crackshot, Slick, and Burnout--are offered an early parole in exchange for protecting their country against other super-powered criminals.
Members of the Liberty Project are:
- Burnout (Beatrice Keogh)- an angry, angst-filled youngster who can generate flames with a mere thought. Arrested for multiple counts of arson, she was kept sedated and floating in a sensory deprivation tank at a high-security juvenile facility until she became a member of the Project.
- Cimarron (Rosalita Vasquez) - a feisty, short-tempered Latina from Texas. She has super strength and limited invulnerability. She was originally arrested for destroying the Las Vegas strip after losing her last dollar at slots.
- Crackshot (Lee Alexander Clayton) - While he was arrested for a string of petty thefts and misdemeanor crimes, Crackshot's real power is the preternatural ability to hit anything he aims at; he also shows extraordinary mechanical ability, inventing a miniature particle accelerator while he was still in high school. As the only team member who sought to rehabilitate himself, he was offered a position with the Project in order to keep him from returning to a life of crime.
- Slick (Nicholas Walcek) - His name reflects both his slippery powers and his slippery personality. He is the reluctant leader, with the power to render surfaces with a very low coefficient of friction (i.e. make very slippery). Originally he was arrested for armed larceny.
- Savage (Johnny Savage) - Johnny could transform into a huge gray-skinned hulking brute with razor sharp teeth and ram's horns. He joins the Project in issue #3.
The series has been collected into a trade paperback: