Betrayal is at the core of the latest issue of Freedom Fighters, in a couple of different ways, although I will leave aside one of them, not wanting to spoil anything.
I guess I have to mildly spoil things, though, or I wouldn’t have much of anything to talk about.
While the Human Bomb is being tortured, the other members of the Freedom Fighters are hiding out in a basement, now on the run from the government’s forces, after exposing Overman as a cyborg. Their chief menaces now are the Plastic Men, and they plot to attack the location where the shape shifting Nazis are being created.
The family that are sheltering them are doing so at great risk to themselves, and it is this danger that winds up prompting the betrayal. I like that. It’s not such a clear cut thing, not like “I was secretly a Nazi all the time!” It comes out of genuine concern for those one loves the most, which makes the choices so much more difficult, and the negative consequences so much sadder.
It also leads to the one big flaw in the issue. The family members wind up getting severely wounded during the course of the story, but for the life of me I cannot find any panel in which this actually occurs. What exactly happened to them, when, and by whom, get left out, as if there were a page missing.
Frankly, I find that very surprising. Venditti and Redondo have done exceptional work on this book, and it’s a sloppy mistake. It really makes me wonder if, perhaps, the advance copy I was sent contains a mistake, a missing page or something. I kind of hope that was the case.
But even with that flaw, this remains an emotionally powerful issue, which leads to a really visually dynamic fight scene against the Plastic Men, and a superb twist ending.
When a series is this good, it makes one very inclined to overlook a mistake.