Awakening Uncle Sam In Freedom Fighters #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

We are taken back to the death of Adolf Hilter I and the ascension of his son to the position of Fuhrer before returning to the present. The Freedom Fighters arrive at their mobile headquarters, the Blue Tracer, deep beneath the surface of Lake Michigan. The team knows they need Uncle Sam if they’re ever going to save the country and overthrow the Ratzis, and they have an idea of how to do it. Cache attaches a mobile transmitter to Black Condor that will hack into the Nazis’ broadcasting system. Of course, the Reich won’t allow this to happen without a fight. Black Condor is ready and eager for a fight.

Freedom Fighters #3 cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas
Freedom Fighters #3 cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas

Freedom Fighters #3 continues to follow the team’s efforts to bring down the Nazi despots running the United States. This issue, they attempt to run some counter-propaganda to awaken the American people and, hopefully, Uncle Sam himself.

It also spotlights the character of Black Condor and the struggles he’s faced under Nazi occupation. An African American, he’s viewed as lesser than white people by the Nazis, and he comes from Detroit, which the Nazis have turned into a walled factory-city. He has a lot of rage saved up for the Ratzis.

We also learn a little about Phantom Lady and her somewhat blessed life before joining the Freedom Fighters.

All of this is to say that Freedom Fighters #3 balances plot advancement with character development while teasing the arrival of the beloved Uncle Sam and the spirit of America he carries with him.

Freedom Fighters #3 art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, and letterer Andworld Design
Freedom Fighters #3 art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, and letterer Andworld Design

Eddy Barrows continues to impress with his phenomenal style. It gives a lot of texture, personality, and emotion to the visuals. Characters are expressive, the action is memorable and kinetic, and each page drips with energy. Eber Ferreira contributes tight and impactful inkwork, and Adriano Lucas wraps it all up in well-balanced and atmospheric color art.

Freedom Fighters #3 is another exciting and compelling issue tracking the heroes of Earth X in their revolution against the Nazis that have overtaken the United States. It’s a great book and one easily worth a recommendation. Give it a read.

Freedom Fighters #3 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Eddy Barrows, inker Eber Ferreira, color artist Adriano Lucas, letterer Andworld Design, and cover artist Barrows with Ferreira and Lucas.

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