REVIEW: Radio Free Amerika #3

Creator/ Writer/ Pencils: B. Robert Bell
Co-Writer: Robert Jeffrey II
Inks: Don Hillsman II
Colors: Lexington Wolfcraft
Letters: Khari J. Sampson
Publisher: Terminus Media
“Better dead than Red” is a phrase that gained popularity in the 80, which could be applied to this “What if” type of story. America has fallen to the might of the Russians, with major cites decimated by nuclear strikes.  However, hope and rebellion lives in the form of DJ Mose B, colloquially known as Moses, who is looking to part the airwaves in order to get his coded messages out to other resistance groups.  With the Russians looking to jam his signals, Moses need to infiltrate war torn Philadelphia and seek help from the mysterious Moreno.

Created by writer /artist B Robert Bell, with a co-writer tag for Robert Jeffrey II, the book is well rounded.  Story wise, amerikathe book reads very well.  In this type of book, there is a definite right and a definite wrong side.  Yet Bell and Jeffrey manage to create a world where you see the characters in real ways, the President playing with his kids for example, which presents the idea that the Russians don’t see themselves as the “bad guys” of the piece.  This well rounded approach is also felt within the group of rebels; each having their own reasons for being there, their faith in Moses bringing this disparate group together.  This group element reminds me of The Walking Dead in places as does the idea of what people will do to survive.

Bell’s art is solid throughout the book, with each character having their own space to  move.  With a duo on writing, I would be interested in how having Jeffrey on board impacted the art choices in taken in the book.  The art in the book is consistent throughout, with a cartoony style that doesn’t detract from the serious edge of the story. The inks by Don Hillsman II  and colors by Lexington Wolfcraft are strong enough to consolidate the war torn element prevalent throughout.

The book is a strong read.  I am impressed with the neutrality of the sides in play, it would be easy for the book to become preachy, a pitfall which Bell and Jeffrey skillfully avoid.  However, as a fan of Counting Crows and Springsteen, I have to ask, why did the code to save the world have to be in Hip Hop?

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