Issue by Issue – Freedom Fighters #4

Writer – Martin Pasko
Artist – Ramona Fradon
Inker – Vince Coletta
Colours – Liz Berube
Letters – Ben Oda

The Freedom Fighters are more than a little eager to finally prove their innocence after the ordeals of the past few issues and Uncle Sam has a plan to do just that. Like any good plan though, there is always room for it to go awry and it does just that as the District Attorney has brought Wonder Woman on board to give him a hand in apprehending those he sees as villains. Wonder Woman knows that there is more to the story though and so when she meets up with the heroes of Earth X, she manages to subdue them, yet hears them out at the offices of the man who sent her after them. Martin Pasko continues to craft a fun tale with the heroes of Earth-X, doing his best to give them the hardest time possible and as a reader; there is nothing that could be any better as it sets the book apart from the usual fare released in every other title. The Freedom Fighters are heroes that just want to help, but are hindered at every turn and seeing them as such makes for a very entertaining time. Also good to see is that each individual has their own distinct personality with the Human Bomb and Uncle Sam standing out the furthest from everyone else. The former is angry to say the least for he has to wear his suit constantly in case he accidentally blows up something or someone up while the latter is antiquated with his very unique turns of phrase, almost like things one’s grandpa would say. For all of that though, the two are a couple of the strongest members of the team and are unwilling to ever quit or say no, heroes through and through. As it is, the Freedom Fighters are not the true villains of the piece, that honour falls to the last member of the Silver Ghost’s gang – King Samson. The story finds him alone and slightly confused as to his place in the world now and after he finds the body of his former leader, he also discovers the tech that allowed the Ghost to turn things into silver. What is most interesting about all of this is that King Samson, who would normally not be so much of a threat, is now even more of one and the more that he uses the glove he appropriated, the more it weakens the bedrock below the Earth that Manhattan sits upon – something that could lead to a catastrophe if the man is not stopped. It is a good thing then that Wonder Woman is along to help out, though Pasko and company do leave it all on a cliff-hanger and one big enough guaranteed to draw readers back in.

4 out of 5

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