Freedom Fighters #9
Story: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Pencils: Travis Moore
Inks: Trevor Scott
Cover: Travis Moore, Walden Wong, with Passalaqua
A $2.99 Comic
First off, was anyone else kinda surprised Dark Horse did not have a Star Wars book shipping this week? Even though I haven’t been buying any Star Wars titles recently I really did want to check one out but sadly there was nothing new on the stands. But enough about what I didn’t read this week, let’s talk about what it was I did read.
Freedom Fighters #9.
I don’t mean to damn this book with feint praise, but I know it’s an odd choice for Read of the Week, after all, it’s a final issue. (So maybe I don’t have my finger on the pulse of what comic fans are reading these days.) Normally I wouldn’t pick a book’s last issue as my read of the week, but to be honest, it was a really weak week for books, in my opinion.
This was a title that has so much going for it too, why it didn’t catch on is beyond me. Palmotti and Gray are two of the most creative and outside of the box writers comics have today. Their work covers so many different genres (Scifi, Horror, Supernatural, Western, and straight up Superheroics) and this title seemed to touch a bit on all of them. Of course since the biggest names on the team was the Ray, and Uncle Sam (the Uncle Sam, by the way, the living embodiment of the Spirit of America.) and the fact that the rest of the roster is made up of mostly new versions of 60+ year old characters that most people only sort of are familiar probably didn’t help attract readers. But this book is tight It is also a densely written book, with a core team of 8 characters, all with pretty involved histories and plot treads, but it hardly ever seemed that one character took the spotlight, or was underused except maybe for the Ray. (Of course since he has had his own book, was a member of Young Justice, The Justice League and the All Star Squadron, he has had plenty of places to “shine”).
Anyway, this title was an intriguing look at what it might be like for a team of superheroes to actually work for the the US government. (With Superhero national identity being all the rage thanks for a certain Super guy deciding to throw of his citizenship.) I could have seen a very interesting story arc coming out of it in this title.
I would be remiss of I didn’t mention Travis Moore and Trevor Scott’s work on this issue. They artwork on this entire run of the book should not be overlooked. Moore’s fine lines and characterization and Scott’s addition of shadow have always given this book a weight to the artwork that was cinematic. They often had to create the look of at least one new villain every month, often more. (Such as the group of metacriminals, or Native American dieties.)
One regret I have is that we never got to see the Freedom Fighters run in with with a group like the JSA , it would have been interesting to see how old timers like Jay Garrick and Alan Scott dealt with this team. Oh to have Travis Moore’s take on Power Girl!
While this book is being canceled, the story doesn’t quite end here. It will only be a matter of time I am sure before we see America’s offical superteam show up somewhere. I know I’ll be looking for them.