JON SABLE, FREELANCE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 (IDW, 2011; Softcover)
Collects Jon Sable, Freelance #17-33 (cover dates October, 1984- February, 1986)
Writer and Artist: Mike Grell
Long before we had “Mature Readers” or creator-owned comics, First Comics offered a home to creators like Mike Grell who grew weary of toiling for Marvel or DC, freely giving them their creations which they ultimately had no control over. Another benefit of their move to the indies was freedom from the Comics Code Authority. Nudity, sex, murder, blood...everything that a freedom-loving, red-blooded American male could possibly want is found in this title.
Therein lies the problem for this book here in 2015. Neutered politically correct males and feminazis are the order of the day. A man being a man, having sex with women, and going on high octane adventures seems like nothing more than an anachronism in this day and age. It is the very thing that so endeared this book to me so. Screw this century and modern day fandom.
This is a fast-paced read. Grell seems to get a bit bored with the character, as the writing and artwork both became looser as the book wore on. It's still a solid enough escapist read.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone- I enjoy this softcover Omnibus format pioneered by Dark Horse Comics. It is smaller than a standard trade yet is large enough that you can fully enjoy the artwork and read the lettering clearly. They are easy to handle, especially given the page count.
NONE of the covers are included in this collection.
Linework and Color restoration: Linework is fine, but it is the coloring that looks iffy. Gradient shades and blends not faithful to the original publications. The original color palette is maintained, it is only the blends that miss the mark. This may or may not bother you, depending on how acute an OCD sufferer you are.
Paper stock: Bright white super glossy stock, not optimal for material with flat coloring. It is honestly quite garish.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Spot varnishing. The coating elsewhere is sufficiently thick enough to provide years of enjoyment.