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Give Me Liberty

(Martha Washington #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,089 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Heroes don't always come out of West Point or the Oval Office; sometimes ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published March 7th 1995 by Dark Horse Comics
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Bryce Wilson
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

Finally found this out of print title the day AFTER the election. Figures. I thought the book might lose some of it's punch considering that you know, Obama is freaking president now.

But Since I don't want to spoil anything, I'll just say it's got some interesting thoughts in that regard to.

On the whole this is one of Miller's best stories with art by Dave "I Fucking Drew Watchmen Bitches" Gibbons. What more do you need.
Edmund Davis-Quinn
So far just amazing. It's very interesting that graphic novels can do a great job with political dissent.

Really fascinating. A crazy dream of a paranoid, militaristic and scary America.

Worth a read -- especially if a progressive or interested in politics -- flew through it in a day.

Probably the best book of the best series Frank Miller has to offer, really. Martha Washington's twenty-first century is a satirical sucker punch to the gut even in our own twenty-first. ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Action-packed, brisk, politically minded dystopia from Frank Miller has a lot to recommend it. Hero Martha Washington being the first. She's a computer-hacking kid who becomes a smart, resourceful, teenaged super soldier for the government's peace force. Miller is great at dystopia, and this one, set in the "future" of 1995 and 2011 the issues of environmental destruction, political corruption, racial segregation, and the ghettoisation of the poor all resonate 30 years after initial publication. ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given our current state of the union, this graphic novel gave me goosebumps. At times Give Me Liberty led me to ponder Octavia Butler's work. Loved,loved,loved the heroine of this social-political story. Miller's prophetic outcomes regarding banks, corporations, war, ecology, GMOs, secession, hate groups... address unchecked social and economic priviledge.

The Divided States of America map in the last chapter(Death & Taxes),left me with a nervous tickle. This story may settle best in readers wit
MARTHA WASHINGTON HELL YEAH. Seriously, where was this book when I was in high school? Where the fuck were you, book?
If there is one thing nobody can target Frank Miller for, its the prevalence of strong independent female characters in his work. Now as to whether you agree with his execution of those characters, that's a different story. Casey McKenna, the ladies of Old Town from Sin City, Electra Natchios and then we have Martha Washington in Give Me Liberty.

The first volume - initally published by Dark Horse - entails the early years of Martha's life as she lives in a wrecked out Cabrini Green in a cyberpun
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a Science fiction graphic novel by Frank Miller (batman:DK; sin city) with art by Dave Gibbons (watchmen).It takes place in the future. Martha is the main character. GIVE ME LIBERTY is the first graphic novel in a trilogy which can now be found at barnes and noble in one large volume. This series is for those that enjoy a good action packed political satire.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Year by year we follow a woman into America's bleak future: Cast-off, institutionalized, and rebuilt by her government as a warrior. But who is she really fighting for? ...more
Ill D
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ill by: Jesus
I have no idea what to think about this comic. None at all.

Frank Miller's 1990 offering, Give Me Liberty, is as choppy as it is bizarrely conceived. Featuring overwrought themes of "social justice" and racism it feels like a weird time travel loop gone wrong from the present to the, not so long ago, past. Victims of oppression (in this case the focus is on Blacks and Native Americans) are tossed into battle against agents of oppression (namely evil multi-nations corporations, and don't forget th
Gwendolyn Neal
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'm seeing a lot of commentors give the impression that this is whip-smart social commentary. Maybe it is, but if so, it's still a comic where a huge robotic burger mascot is used as a war machine. Pretty good ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this comic book (er, graphic novel?) series. I should read it again.
Jason Pym
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Not great.

I had trouble following the story, it jumped around too much. Much of it felt bolted together, there were the diminutive telepaths from Akira - I don't now why they were there. I think it's supposed to be satirical, with an ultra-militarised America that has splintered into warring states. But really, I didn't get it. Dave Gibbons art, with its clean, dated, 50s feel was so perfect for Watchmen, here feels stiff and lifeless. Not caring about the characters means the violence was bori
Michael Emond
The art by Gibbons is solid, the premise is interesting, the execution left me flat. I don't want to summarize too much of the story but basically a poor black girl from the slums (of the future) enlists in the army, does heroic things despite her commanding officer trying to kill her because she once caught him betraying the army, and in the end she saves the day.
It should be a nice arc, with a happy ending but all the weird ideas and unlikable characters (like a new President who at first tr
***Dave Hill
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Rolando Marono
-The dystopian reality that it presents.
-Gibbons drawing is raw.
-Some of the dialogues are really good.
-Some mixing of the dialogues and the images are on point.

The bad:
-Martha Washington's character is not well developed. We don't get a clear motivation from her to do the things she does.
-The villain is very uni dimensional.
-The Noir narration is off beat at sometimes. We can clearly see that this is a first attempt to the narration that gave him awards later on for Sin city.
-The story is not
Jeremy Randall
Too much, almost. The tension. The odd characters. The political comment. The space flight. Not into it. Prefer from east to west very much. :D but, nice art. Some great characters. I just didnt really care about any of them.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feels particularly relevant right now. Fascinating multilayered story.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has aged remarkably well.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good finds in the .25 cent bin!
Borrowed from GC
Adrian Bloxham
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember buying these when they first came out and being blown away by them, time hasn't diminished the power and impact of the story. Relevant. ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-comics
I really liked the first issue of this limited series. Martha Washington has a great backstory and is really a hero you can get behind, and it seemed as though Miller was going to involve an interesting political what-if scenario. As the series goes on, however, Miller clutters up the story with too many characters, too many warring factions and whacky characters, too many panels on a fight sequence and not enough time of on other parts including an ending that wraps up fairly quickly. The amoun ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every few years I pull this book out and re-read it. It's a shortish, action-packed tale of the American dream, twisted and rent. The eponymous hero, Martha, grows up on the wrong side of the tracks in a 1990's America beset by crime, social division and poverty. Cabrini Green is less a housing project, and more a prison for Chicago's down and outs.

But Martha escapes, only into more trouble as part of the Peace Corps of America. Her story gets more heroic as she fights the Big Boy Burger chain
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Starts off well but then the crazy gets turned up to 11 in Frank Miller's alternative United States, as it can just be boiled down to Stanford Moretti and his obsession with killing war hero and all round BAMF Martha Washington.

The art by Dave Gibbons is the usual high standard and Miller's vision of a dystopian US is looking perhaps looking a bit prophetic!
David Leslie
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Think Year one/born again/the best of his Sin City series Frank Miller,while completely different than those books this is just as good if not better.Dave Gibons'(watchmen fame)does great on the art & IMO forget TDKR (although a very good book)this is 'Miller's true masterpiece imo.It's amazing/bewildering that the loonie right wing borderline racist & misogynistic modern day 'Miller penned this tale about a female African American freedom fighter!It's anti corporation(especially a certain burge ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a dystopian world, United States has been divided into several parts: Religiously motivated Washington and Utah, Brainwashing California, Sex-filled Georgia, Obesity New Mexico, Mexican Territories, Anarchist New York and Pacifist Northeastern colony. Martha Washington grew up in a public housing project but with her wits and strength, became a national hero for United States of America against her enemy States.

It was violent, but proved to be an effective political satire. Not Frank Miller's
Mar 10, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In truth, I read this from the originally serialised comics, but I can't add them here because they don't have an ISBN. This graphic novel is an interesting scifi take on a near-future America that's close to collapsing. And the drawing is excellent, as you'd expect from Dave 'Watchmen' Gibbons. It's not typical Frank Miller, though it's definitely worth a look. ...more
May 19, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So I meant to add Naomi Wolf's similarly-titled Give Me Liberty to my list but accidentally added this one. When I went to delete it, I realized that I also own this book, and thus reminded myself that I want to read it as well. Guess I'm subconsciously struggling for liberty. ...more
Matt Buchholz
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Movie execs looking for an Obama era superhero movie.
Recommended to Matt by: Rick Johnston of
Shelves: comics-read
Work from the writer of "Dark Knight Returns" and the artist of "Watchmen" that’s just as good as both that, unfairly, has none of the prestige. A lot of the consumer culture criticism is silly, but there's a ton here that looks to be relevant all over again and the unrestrained, big panel Gibbons is nothing short of exhilarating after seeing him go all controlled and tight with Moore. ...more
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