Freedom Fighters #9 Review – Plasstic Memories
Freedom Fighters #9 Review
Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Eddy Barrows
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Inks by: Eber Ferreira
Published by: DC Comics
Encouraging all the slaves from the factory he came from, Black Condor now leads a revolution against their Nazi guards. Meanwhile, the rest of the Freedom Fighters wait on the outside, to see if their plan goes off as it should. But can Black Condor still follow orders in such personal circumstances as these?
The plot summary is a little short on this story because it forgoes major plot developments or big reveals in the name of being just straight-up action. Now, granted, there are a couple of points to talk about but, overall, I felt a little mixed regarding this issue.
I’ve been a big supporter of this series so far, calling it one of the most fun DC series on the market right now, but even I felt skeptic about its length. It’s 12 issues and for a premise like “A world where the Nazis won” it sounded a little too long, in my opinion. Fortunately, Venditti has been in fine form, so I haven’t noticed any lulls in the story… Until this issue.
One of the smart things this book keeps doing is to carefully introduce new elements each issue so that, even if the story doesn’t move much, you’re still entertained and interested in what’s happening. It might be the Plasstic Men, it might be Cyborg Overman, it might be some backstory, whatever. The problem with this one is that it was ostensibly an issue long fight scene with a couple of cutaways to other things, here and there, and while there was one of those revelations at the end, it didn’t feel very satisfying.
The action was good and, overall, I guess I did enjoy myself, but I reached the end with a “That’s it?” feeling, which isn’t great. There were some good moments, the action was good and while the revelation was weaker than the other ones, it wasn’t bad either.
Overall though, this was the “I don’t know what else to do to fill twelve issues so here” of the book but I do wonder how it’ll read in the trade.
Art wise, Eddy Barrows returns to draw the full book after Jack Herbert took over most of the previous issue and Bruno Redondo took over issue 7. I assume this happened because Barrows needed a rest period, and I am perfectly fine with that because this book might be looking better than ever. From page one, he was just shamelessly showcasing his prowess and remind everyone that there’s a reason he’s the main artist for this. Also, props to Eber Ferreira for his aggressive inking and Adriano Lucas for his deep and moody coloring. Barrows is building the house and these guys are putting the furniture in.
In conclusion, this issue wasn’t as good as the previous ones, but if you’ve made this far you have no reason to give up now. It was a dip in events, for me at least, but the art was still great, there were some nice moments and the action was cool. If you’re following it, you are and if not, know that this issue isn’t representative of the whole.