Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Freedom Fighters #8 Review

Homeward Bound: An Awful Journey

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Jack Herbert, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 28, 2019

We're Earth-X bound as we go to check in on our Freedom Fighters team and find out how their assault against the Nazi menace is doing.  Hopefully, a little better than last issue because while they seemed to escaped the PlaSStic men, it seems that bubblegum bullies took Doll Woman and replaced her within our group of heroes with one of their own.  Yeah, that can't end well.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our Freedom Fighters can overcome or if they'll be rubbed out by the Ratzis.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Freedom Fighters we see Black Condor and Doll Woman breaking back into the Detroit slave labor camps, where Black Condor escaped years ago, leaving his family at the wrath of their captors, so that they can get their hands on the PlaSStic Man formula......... but like I said, Doll Woman's with Black Condor so on top of all the terrible memories that Marcus has going back to this place, we the reader are just constantly waiting for the inevitable reveal that Doll Woman is a PlaSStic Man and because of this fact...... this issue doesn't come off as intense or as all consuming as previous entries because you already know the twist to the story going in.  

Beyond the anticlimactic nature of this issue, there was a point that I wasn't expecting out of this book that came off weird and that was Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady and Cache planning on breaking into Cheyenne Mountain to rescue Human Bomb and while this aspect doesn't seem all that strange, a comment made by Cache on what they plan on doing with the PlaSStic Man formula once Black Condor gets back completely threw me for a loop and I found myself kind of disappointed with what might happen in this series going forward.  It's nothing that would get me to stop reading, but it was something that just felt odd for everything we've been through.  

All in all, we have two elements to our story here and both didn't quite get me the way I would have liked because we knew the outcome of one part and the other felt out of left field, but beyond that we had some excellent art and we got to see a little bit more of Marcus Robbins' backstory while he was trapped in the Detroit slave labor camps.  I just wish that I wasn't waiting for the reveal of Doll Woman being a PlaSStic Man the whole time because it really took me out of the book.

Bits and Pieces:

With some excellent art and the idea that our heroes might not prevail by the end of this series, this issue really brought on the doom and gloom....... you know, beyond for the normal "Nazis rule the world" doom and gloom, but the tension was taken away because of the cliffhanger to last issue that put us in the know more than the characters so the whole time you're just waiting for the other shoe to drop and when it does, it doesn't feel all that big.  Still an enjoyable issue, but I hope for me next month.


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