Uncle Sam Awakens In Freedom Fighters #4

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

A new class of Nazi soldiers are graduating, and Fuhrer Adolf Hitler Jr. is delivering a speech to the class at Mount Reichsmehr (formerly Mount Rushmore). Inside the mountain’s faces, Doll Lady is planting a bomb to sabotage the aired graduation ceremony. The sabotage is successful, and some of it is seen on television nationwide. Despite this, Doll Lady and the Human Bomb still struggle to get along. Meanwhile, in the Heartland, Uncle Sam awakens.

Freedom Fighters #4 cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas
Freedom Fighters #4 cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas

Freedom Fighters #4 finally brings us the return of Uncle Sam, the centerpiece and, to be honest, my favorite part of the Freedom Fighters. He is the spirit of America itself, long thought dead, but now reawakening to beat the Nazis back out of the USA.

We get more insight into the characters of Doll Lady and Human Bomb in this issue, particularly the horror that Doll Lady has faced and how angry and callous she has become as a result.

A lot of the comic is devoted to showing us Adolf Hitler Jr. and his sadistic torturer son, Addie. The dynamic is that of a milquetoast and fearful dictator soon to be supplanted by his bloodthirsty child. The need for mass murder, it seems, skips a generation.

One part of the comic genuinely had me laughing, and that is the below-image of a bald eagle being shot.

Freedom Fighters #4 art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, and letterer Andworld Design
Freedom Fighters #4 art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, and letterer Andworld Design

All compliments to Eddy Barrows on still making this look gorgeous, but, in terms of very on-the-nose-imagery, this is laughably direct. I kind of wish it were the first page of issue one, if I’m being honest.

In all seriousness, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas put in top-notch work once again.

Freedom Fighters #4 is another dramatic and engaging issue for the DC maxiseries. The revolution against the Nazi occupation is picking up momentum, and Uncle Sam is ready to join the fight once again. This book definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Freedom Fighters #4 comes to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Eddy Barrows, inker Eber Ferreira, color artist Adriano Lucas, lettering from Andworld Design, and cover artist Barrows with Ferreira and Lucas.

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