Black Condor gets the focus in the third issue of Freedom Fighters, on a mission to play a song.
Yes, that’s the main plot. Sounds silly, but it’s not. In fact, the subversive nature of the mission is highlighted by its seeming insignificance.
So far this book is delivering exactly what I wanted out of it. We get the Black Condor’s backstory, and a little bit of Phantom Lady’s as well. While the goal of the team is obviously the overthrow of the Nazi regime, bringing back Uncle Sam is a shorter term goal that definitely will be achieved by the end of the miniseries.
We also get a flashback sequence that deals with the death of the original Freedom Fighters, as well as revealing how Hitler, Sr died in this reality.
I am very glad this book is graced by the strong art team of Barrows and Ferreira.
Their work gives a solidity to the events, a depth that this kind of tale really needs.
Freedom Fighters should be fun. It wouldn’t be worth reading if it weren’t. But it also needs to address the racism and bigotry that define the right wingers, something that is dangerous to do these days, with them currently in power in the US, and spreading their hate filled tendrils across the globe.
It’s quite the tightrope to cross. I am so very pleased to be able to say that, three issues in, this book is not merely walking across that rope, it’s jumping and dancing and making it look like the easiest thing in the world. And there is nothing more difficult than that.