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Review: Freedom Fighters #2

Freedom Fighters #2

The Freedom Fighters go public in present-day Nazi America! It’s been 50 years of fascist rule in the U.S. under Hitler and his heirs, and frankly, everyone’s had enough. A new Freedom Fighters team makes a very public debut in hopes of rallying the people and re-igniting the long-dormant American spirit. Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Doll Girl and Human Bomb strike a blow against the Gestapo’s Iron Police Force, but will it be enough to summon the long-lost Uncle Sam from retirement?

In reality, there’s an ominous cloud of the creeping of fascism into our lives and the rise of a far right movement across the world. For many, there’s a want to just punch these Nazis and get some of the frustration of our reality out. Freedom Fighters #2 helps in that fantasy experience as the team takes on the Nazi robot in an issue that’s all about the action and it is epic.

Writer Robert Venditi knows what the audience wants in this issue which is one giant extended fight scene picking up from the exciting ending of the first. The issue serves a few purposes, one of which is introducing us to these characters. We get to learn about their personalities and their powers through the fight. The second is, to give us hope. We, like the people witnessing the battle, get a little hope out of it all. There’s something satisfying watching Nazis get beat and done so in a rather patriotic rah-rah sort of way.

That’s delivered through the art of Eddy Barrows with ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Deron Bennett. The art is fantastic with amazing panels and page layouts that emphasizes the action. The explosions are big, the framing and focus of the action is dynamic. This is a big summer popcorn blockbuster on every page and it’s beyond entertaining.

There’s not a lot of rocket science to the comic. It’s action pack and the Nazis get their butts kicked. In this day, that’s about as satisfying as you need. The team mixes the high octane action with just enough rah-rah to not go too over the top into parody instead keeping the tone grounded in a retro sort of way. Fun action delivered through awesome art creates a comic that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: Robert Venditi Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Freedom Fighters #1

In today’s time we need good ole Nazi punching and in Freedom Fighters we’re given exactly that as we travel to Earth X where they won World War II.

The first issue of this twelve issue maxi-series is written by Robert Venditti, art by Eddy Barrows, ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Deron Bennett.

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Review: Freedom Fighters #1

Freedom Fighters #1

Line up for this all-new maxiseries set on Earth X, where the Nazis won World War II! Twenty years after invading and occupying America, Germany wiped out all metahuman resistance, including the original Freedom Fighters. 

Fast-forward to the present day, and a new team of Freedom Fighters emerges to challenge the Nazi occupation once again. But if they’re to have any chance of victory, they’re going to need Uncle Sam-who disappeared after his original team was killed.

Beyond one small “factual” issue of including “under God” in the pledge, Freedom Fighters #1 is a read that had me sucked in from the start. Writer Robert Venditti delivers a story of resistance in a time when real world resistance is a daily occurrence.

World War II is over and the Nazis have won leaving few heroes to continue the fight and eventually a new generation must step forward. Venditti has nailed the zeitgeist that’s currently occurring in the world with a story that’s engrossing and acknowledges the generational shift we’re seeing today. The greatest generation’s torch has been passed to a new generation who has taken up the fight against fascism in both the comic and reality. The fact Venditti recognizes this shows this will be a series that will reflect heavily upon the real world while still delivering an escapist story full of action.

The art by Eddy Barrows, ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Deron Bennett is top notch. There’s some fantastic scenes and use of panels and pages with scenes delivering the emotion on the page whether it’s despair, hope, and at times horror. The designs are fantastic creating something familiar but slightly different with an aesthetic that fits this alternate world without being over the top. Small details like the use of Nazi bolts in Plasstic Man adds small touches that emphasize this reality.

The issue is a fantastic start with highs and lows. There’s lots of action, hope, despair, and more hope. It’s a rollercoaster that’s both escapist and a reflection on today’s reality and what was. We’re in a real world fight against a rise of far right ideology and fascism and a second rise of Nazi beliefs. To get a comic with some good ole Nazi punching is quite welcome.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Sons Of El Topo Vol. 1: Cain OGN HC

The Sons Of El Topo Vol. 1: Cain OGN HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Artist: Jóse Ladrönn
Colorist: Jóse Ladrönn & Hugo Sebastian Facio
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Translator: Edward Gauvin
Cover Artist: Jóse Ladrönn
Price: $19.99

Legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, Metabarons) and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn (Cable, Incredible Hulk) deliver a sequel to Jodorowsky’s cult classic film, El Topo.

El Topo was once a bandit without limits, a man with no moral compass, until his journey through the desert brought him to religion and enlightenment. As he became a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles, he left behind his first born son Cain, and brought forth the birth of Abel.

Fueled by resentment, and unable to kill his saintly father, Cain begins the slow pursuit of his half brother in a tale of magic and mayhem.

Review: Martian Manhunter #1

No matter what you know about J’onn J’onnz, you’re not prepared for this! Martian Manhunter #1 is a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series from writer Steve Orlando, artist Riley Rossmo, colorist Ivan Plascencia, and letterer Deron Bennett.

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
TFAW

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Review: Martian Manhunter #1

No matter what you know about J’onn J’onnz, you’re not prepared for this! Martian Manhunter #1 is a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series. Back on Mars, J’onn was about as corrupt as a law officer can be, and when a reckoning comes for his entire society, he’ll get a second chance he doesn’t want or deserve! One shocking murder, and an unexpected fragment of the Mars he lost, will change his life-and the course of the Earth-forever!

J’onn J’onnz has been a character that has had so many takes and versions, it’s hard to keep track. The basics are often there but tweaks in his history or his role are often made and have made things… confusing at times.

Writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo team up for this new maxi-series that explores J’onnz and after one issue, looks like it’ll rewrite the character for the better in many ways.

The focus here is his past as a crooked cop on Mars and his, what feels like, attempt to repent in some sort of way as a “good” cop on Earth after the reckoning of his people. We get to explore his life a bit on Mars, his family and the society there. It’s an interesting twist to his story delivering what feels like a depth and clear vision as what this character should be.

Orlando and Rossmo deliver a sadness about him that oozes from the page. This is a being who feels guilty of his actions of the past and is attempting to find redemption, it seems. And with it, we get a nice Law & Order type procedural at the same time.

Rossmo’s art is fantastic and he’s joined by Ivan Plascencia on color and lettering by Deron Bennett. The art is classic Rossmo with his exaggerated style that’s one of the most unique out there. With a color palette that’s defined, this is a comic that just doesn’t look like anything else on the shelves this week making it stand out even more so.

This is a fascinating first issue and delivers a story that has me caring for a character I’ve never particularly liked. It has a clear vision for a character who, like his shapeshifting, has been all over as far as history and background. The team here is delivering something that feels special and like it’ll be the next maxi-series “must read.”

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Riley Rossmo
Color: Ivan Plascencia Letters: Deron Bennett
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Form of a Question OGN HC

Form of a Question OGN HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Andrew Rostan
Artist:
Pencils:
Kate Kasenow
    Inks: Jenna Ayoub
Colorist: Laura Langston with Ilaria Catalani
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Artist: Kate Kasenow
Price: $17.99

Andrew Rostan is excellent at remembering facts and recalling the memories he associates with those facts—memories of deaths in the family and extraordinary people. At the age of twenty-two and suddenly a contestant on the very game show he associates with the happiest moments in his life, Rostan’s about to realize that existence is like JEOPARDY! and  that all the answers are staring you in the face if only you ask the right questions.

Form of a Question is a moving memoir from writer Andrew Rostan (An Elegy for Amelia Johnson), along with artists Kate Kasenow (All Saint’s Day) and Jenna Ayoub (Adventure Time Comics), that revisits one of the most formative moments in his life and reveals how a chance opportunity to appear on a game show taught him much more about living than he knew he needed.

Review: WWE: Undertaker

The Deadman. The Phenom. The Legend. The life and career of the Undertaker is chronicled in this original graphic novel covering his childhood to today.

WWE: Undertaker is by Chad Dundas, Rodrigo Lorenzo, Edu Menna, Serg Acuna, Kelly Williams, Travis Hymel, Tim Lattie, Kendall Goode, Wesllei Manoel, Vladimir Popov, Doug Garbark, Deron Bennett, and Oliver Barrett.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores November 6. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: WWE: Undertaker OGN

WWE: Undertaker OGN

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Chad Dundas
Artist: Rodrigo Lorenzo
Colorist: Wesllei Manoel
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Artist: Oliver Barrett
Price: $19.99

Acclaimed journalist and author Chad Dundas (Champion Of The World) teams with illustrator Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE) for the definitive tale of one of WWE’s greatest Superstars.

The Dead Man. The Phenom. The Legend who dominated Sports Entertainment for over twenty-five years. For the first time, the unrivaled career of the Undertaker is chronicled in graphic novel form from WWE and BOOM! Studios.

Review: Justice League Odyssey #2

Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael debate whether so-called “God of Evil” Darkseid should have joined the team. (Too late-that evil horse has left the barn!) But before the team can resolve this conflict, they’re forced into action when Vril Dox takes an interest in the Coluan refugees, attacking their ship with a new Manhunter army of his own creation. ‘Cuz more violence is always the answer!

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first issue of Justice League Odyssey. My main complaint was for a cosmic story that could do anything, what was presented was things we’ve seen before. It wasn’t as epic as it could have been. Justice League Odyssey #2 doesn’t quite resolve that issue but writer Joshua Williamson gives us some conflict and deepens the mystery.

Williamson’s conflict is physical, mental, and emotional hitting each member differently. There’s the fight with Darkseid which is interesting. He’s a character that should easily wipe the floor with our heroes but we’re hinted at he’s not quite the powerful being he once was. And, if he was so omnipotent, why does he need the heroes help at all? Still, the battle is decent and mysterious raising a lot of questions.

The mental and emotional hits is a combination. There’s the bickering of the team members and their insults to each other and what is revealed about the individuals living on the planet they’re on. There’s death, lots of death, and in a way the Justice League is responsible. That too raises a lot of questions as to what’s going on and the ending doesn’t help in that matter. It’s all head scratching and that’s in a good way.

The art by Stjepan Sejic with lettering by Deron Bennett is good. The character design is solid and Sejic does the usual painted-ish style. Much like the first issue, the alien aspects of the world doesn’t quite feel alien enough, the cult aspect of it all does stand out. While I’m iffy on the designs, the color choices that has an almost glow about it all is fascinating and very unique. There’s something that clicks about all of that and while this isn’t Sejic’s best work, it’s a style that makes the series stand out from the rest of the comics on the shelves.

While the comic isn’t the grand cosmic adventure I was expecting, the series so far is improving and has a vibe to it that reminds me of the recent Dark Knights: Metal event. I have a feeling the overall story is going to be more enjoyable than each part as the puzzle comes together. So far, it’s intriguing though not quite enough to get me truly excited.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Stjepan Sejic Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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