Issue by Issue – Freedom Fighters #14

Writer – Bob Rozakis
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Jack Abel
Colours – Mario Sen
Letters – John Workman

After a number of ups and downs, mostly downs, the Freedom Fighters take a well-deserved break at Kane’s Kolossal Karnival, going on a few rides and playing a few games to ease the burden of their being on the run from the law. Most of them are having fun, all that is except for Darrel Dane who is missing his girlfriend, reporter Martha Roberts, something fierce. That aside, the respite that these heroes have earned is soon to end as a man plants a bomb on the roller-coaster, threatening to bring it down with numerous passengers aboard including a few of the Freedom Fighters to boot. Bob Rozakis, Dick Ayers and Jack Abel present an action-packed tale, one that finds the heroes in fine form, saving lives and capturing the bad guy responsible with a little help from Batgirl and Batwoman who also happen to be attending the fair. Seeing the team in action is always a good thing and they always do a great job, being heroes and nothing less. What is truly a shame is that the rest of the world cannot see them as such and only as the criminals they are purported to be. Once things have died down, the Freedom Fighters or more specifically Uncle Sam, has come up with a plan to perhaps earn them a bit of an extended break from having to run from the law and it involves essentially hiding in plain sight and working for the Karnival. It is something that everybody can get on board with, but when trouble rears its head once again and in the form of some of their very own teammates, that plan may not end up coming to fruition. It is a little frustrating, both for the team and for the reader as it would be nice to see the Freedom Fighters get a bit of a break as their days upon this particular Earth have been nothing but troubled for the most part. Rozakis writes a good tale though and no matter how bad things get, one cannot help but be dragged along for the ride, good or bad as it is a very compelling read. The addition of Batwoman and Batgirl was a nice touch to the issue and Rozakis did a good job of it by not shoehorning them in, instead it being a natural part of the story and leading straight into the next issue. The artwork by Ayers and Abel is top-notch as always, the action powerful and dynamic, the characterisation spot-on and everything looking incredible. As for the continuing plot of the team being framed for a crime they did not commit, it is touched upon little here, but continues to be the driving force of the series, definitely making it one of the longest stories ever told in the medium.

4 out of 5

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