There’s less politics, and more fighting, in the second issue of Freedom Fighters. As much as I love politics in comics, I had no problem with this. Last issue was such a great introduction to the team, and the world of Earth-X.
This issue, instead, lets us see what the Human Bomb, Black Condor, Doll Woman and Phantom Lady are capable of, as they face human and robotic foes sent after them by Adolf Hitler II. Can’t I just call him Hitler, Jr?
The issue’s focus on action requires a lot from the artists, but Barrows and Ferreira more than live up to the challenge. There are some great camera angles on the fight scenes, a lot of power and detail in the renderings. I breezed through this issue on first read, but really noticed the craftsmanship when I went back over it.
But I don’t really have a lot more to say about this one. A strong follow up to the first issue, and enough in the air that I am eager for the next one.
Of course, there is one significant member of the team who has been notable for their absence thus far. But no worries, Uncle Sam shows signs of waking up.
The focus on action means there is a lack of development. As I said, that does not bother me, I trust the story, but it does mean that I preferred the first issue to this one. But all that really means is that one shouldn’t dive in with issue 2. Start with issue 1. Now. Go do it. I’m serious.