Venditti and Barrows execute another wonderful chapter in the Freedom Fighters miniseries, as Uncle Sam comes back to life.
It’s not a simple or easy rebirth, but then, it wouldn’t be in a Nazi dominated USA. Just look at how things are right now, and it’s only neo-Nazis who are in power. And yes, I read this all as a commentary on the current political situation, but Venditti is a good enough writer to allow the readers to place that onto the story if they wish, but it certainly doesn’t demand such an interpretation. The story also reads perfectly well as a straight out superhero book in a dystopian reality.
A refashioned Mt Rushmore is the setting for the opening of the story, a sequence in which we are reminded that one person’s “freedom fighter” is another person’s terrorist.
Uncle Sam is given the most play in this issue, but we learn a bit more about Doll Woman and the Human Bomb as well. I was glad to see that Doll Man is also referenced in this reality, in a way that parallels the situation from the Freedom Fighters book from the 70s. Did I say that in a nebulous but hopefully intriguing way?
It’s kind of surprising how much fun this book is, given that the pages are filled with paranoia, extremism, loss, self-doubt, and horrific violence. But it is fun, if only because you know where the arc has to go. This will not end with the Nazis triumphant and the Freedom Fighters defeated. We are reading the story of the rebirth of a nation, of Americans taking back their country from the deadly right wing forces that currently control it.
On a personal note, I wouldn’t mind finding out more about Canada in this reality. Or, for that matter, more of the rest of the world in general. I suppose that will have to wait, though. The team has enough on their plate to deal with in this miniseries.