Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Freedom Fighters #9 Review

Freedom For All!

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 25, 2019

Earth-X...... the world where the Nazis won the Second World War and where now a handful of heroes are fighting to take them down permanently and take their world back.  Previously, we saw Black Condor infiltrate the Detroit work camps, where he was supposed to steal the Plastic Man formula so that the rest of his team could enact their final plan, but being around the people who were still slaves was too much for the former slave himself to take and with that, revolution occurred...  Let's see if these every day Freedom Fighters and Black Condor will be enough to take down the Detroit Work Camps and take their freedom back.  Let's check it out.

While I still enjoyed last issue, it was one that was a little down for me because you were always waiting for that inevitable moment to occur, where Black Condor's partner in his mission, Doll Woman would reveal that she was actually a SS Plastic Man in disguise and not only ruin our hero's day, but his mission.  Thankfully though, with that cat out of the bag last issue...... we have a whole story here, where I had no idea what it would do and where it would go and I had a great time at each of the reveals and twists that we got in this issue because they felt real and they still took me by surprise.

We continue on with Black Condor deciding to free the people of the Labor Camps and against all odds they stand tall and fight back to achieve their freedom, which I just liked to imagine Uncle Sam getting fueled up even more do to their actions here, while Black Condor continues on with his plan to get the Plastic Man serum.  We also learn this issue what our Freedom Fighters plan on doing with this serum once they get it in their hands and how it will turn the tide of war towards their favor, which I still don't completely agree with, but I liked that it was spelled out more here beyond Uncle Sam just becoming a Plastic Man himself, like it was only to achieve an advantage.  Really though, this is a Black Condor specific issue, which does touch on all our heroes and what they're going through at this moment, but Condor's the star and this issue kept me on edge of my seat and actually moved me by the end with all the people that he's brought together that are hellbent on not only their own freedom, but making sure that everyone else achieves it too.

All in all, the art is strong as hell this issue, not to mention the colors, which I just want to bring up because I feel I don't talk enough about it, but the colors feel like a huge reason why so much of this art works and makes this story take on a life of its own.  Beyond that though, this issue continues to be one of the best books that DC Comics is putting out because on top of being compelling and the reader actually caring about the trials and tribulations of our heroes in their war against tyranny, it has a hell of a lot of heart and just simply makes you feel once you're done reading it.  There's a huge twist this issue and some nice reveals for the overall story and like most times after reading an issue of Freedom Fighters....... I just can't wait to get the next installment.

Bits and Pieces:

Freedom Fighters continues to be something special this issue in not only the emotions that are felt from the characters involved or the amazing art that portrays it, but with sense of awe that comes with each installment of this series.  This is definitely one of the best books that DC Comics is putting out right now and I highly suggest that if you aren't reading this title that you get on the trolley now because you're missing out.


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