Free Agents #1 Advance Review: “Fast-Paced… Surprising”

Free Agents #1 advance review

Read our advance review of Free Agents #1 from Image Comics, written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza with art by Stephen Mooney.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Free Agents #1 Advance Review:

In the book, a team of superheroes has been fighting in an epic, universe-destroying event for most of their lives. Now it’s over, and they’re trying to be normal. But is anything ever really over?

“I was really surprised how this went,” host Alex Zalben said. “I was expecting another satirical riff like Blood Squad Seven or Local Man. It’s this thing that we’ve seen from Image Comics a lot, that are like yeah, it’s like Youngblood but it’s not really Youngblood. This is per Kurt Busiek’s usual world-building and this is not to sideswipe Fabian Nicieza’s [skills] at all. [Busiek’s] always like, ‘I’ve created 10 new, very distinct superheroes for you to read about that you instantly know exactly who they are.’ So a very interesting situation, it goes in some surprising directions, and great art from Stephen Mooney.”

Added Pete LePage, the book has a “legendary team working on this… A great amount of action, fast-paced. They do such a good job of creating this world, and pulling you in quickly. I love the action card, name, power set, that kind of stuff. I’m a sucker for that… I’m excited to see what happens and where this goes.”

Free Agents #1 Official Synopsis:

Salvo. Pike. Katari. Shakti. Ridge. Maraud. Chalice. They’ve fought every day of their existence and won a terrible victory. Now they’re stranded on Earth, free agents for the first time. But when relics from their long war appear, threatening their chance at better lives, their greatest battle begins. They’ve fought for a million planets. Can they fight to save their own souls?

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