JSA Liberty Files The Whistling Skull #1

Dateline San Francisco:  I was staring at the gorgeous and creepy cover to The Whistling Skull #1 so I picked up the issue and opened it.  Oh, wow! Tony Harris interior art that looked dense, lush and beautiful, I was drawn in immediately.  I added the issue to my stack and asked James Sime, owner Isotope – The Comics Lounge, if I needed any prior knowledge of the Skull to enjoy the book.  He said this comic was all new content and characters for the DC universe.  I think he mentioned something about it being a Vertigo title that wasn’t.  For $2.99 it seemed worth the risk.

The issue began with action and it ended with action and along the way we get more…ACTION.  I felt like a kid reading this book and studying each page for the clues and details that were everywhere.  The art has a steam punk feel that mixes in Nazis, monsters and a sweet battle bus. The crazy adventure seems plausible because B. Clay Moore pulls you so quickly into the world that you buy everything that comes at you willingly.  No time to question anything with all the action.  Tony Harris keeps you in the story with his lush and crazy lines.

I am looking forward to seeing how Moore and Harris fill out the Skull’s back-story.   There are hints that this Skull is not the first Skull so hopefully we will get more stories throughout history.  I also found this comic a great break from current continuity since I didn’t even need any JSA or DC knowledge to thoroughly enjoy it.  I really hope this book catches on enough to sustain it past the mini series.

In the end I ask, how can you not love a hero with a giant screw and steam whistle in his head?  For me the answer is easy, I can’t not love him.


I have been buying and collecting comics for over 40 years. I am a life long Spider-Man fan who lives in San Francisco with my wife and daughter. I periodically contribute to the Pittsburgh Comics Podcast, the ACME Comics Podcast, and Comic Geek Speak. My work as a consultant allows me to visit comic shops all around the world.

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  1. Tumas-Muscat says:

    I agree totally. I love the whole WWII-steampunk feel, but, honestly, I especially fell in love with the character of Nigel. The way he’s drawn as both a boy and an adult portrays his childish glee, which he seems to retain as a seemingly rather simple-minded adult. But the same art also shows his big heart and ability for compassion (especially his expression in the last panel), making him all the more endearing to me.

    A great start to what I hope will be a great mini-series. I’m definitely looking forward to more.

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