Freedom Fighters #8 – Robert Venditti, Writer; Jack Herbert, Eddy Barrows, Artists; Eber Ferreira, Inker; Adriano Lucas, Colorist
Ray – 7/10
Ray: Freedom Fighters #8 is one of the better issues of Freedom Fighters, because it successfully grounds its story in one character’s experiences under the Nazi regime and manages to give one of the Freedom Fighters some real development.
That would be Black Condor, the African-American former slave who escaped from the industrial prison city of Detroit to become one of the rebels. This issue features a series of mostly black-and-white segments that show how badly things have deteriorated for black people under the Nazis – the opening sequence features Marcus being born to his loving parents in hiding, only to have the Nazis burst in and immediately kidnap him for training in the factory.
When he’s sixteen, he and his reunited parents say a tearful goodbye before he flies off on the wings he built – but his father is forced to sacrifice their chance to escape to give his son a chance at a better life.
These segments have some genuine emotion in them, which has been lacking in this series until now. The issue has a good sense of tension, such as when Marcus is smuggled into Detroit by an ally and the entire plot is nearly blown because of some improper shipping regulations.
When Marcus gets into the city, he’s reunited with an old friend, but violence is always just around the corner as the Nazi guards never fail to make examples of the enslaved. Eventually a rebellion starts building, but a dark twist about one of the Freedom Fighters puts everything in danger.
That’s the big problem with this series overall – there’s an endless sense of hopelessness that makes it rather hard to read. For a series like this to work, we have to believe that the heroes are going to win. So far the heroes don’t feel like they have things together enough for the rebellion to be a compelling opposition, but Black Condor’s story is the closest we’ve gotten.
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