If you know the history of the Freedom Fighters, you know that their comic book lineage is a relatively complex one.
The characters that make up the superhero team were created and originally published via Quality Comics during the early 1940’s, fighting against mid-twentieth century forms of tyranny and evil! That said, Black Condor, Doll Man, Human Bomb, Ray, Phantom Lady and Uncle Sam didn’t join together as a group until DC Comics bought them up off of Quality Comics in the 50’s and then re-purposed them within the pages of the monthly Justice League title, nearly twenty years later!
The (new-ish) Freedom Fighters were born!
But they weren’t born of this earth.
No. Within the myriad of possibilities that make up the DC Multiverse, the Freedom Fighters existed on the parallel world of Earth-X, and then Earth-2, and then Earth-X again. Yeah. It gets confusing, but that’s DC Comics continuity for you!
In the revamped DC Comics version, the Freedom Fighters fought against Nazi Germany, who won World War II after the Japanese invaded California. Think Philip K. Dick’s acclaimed novel (and Amazon Prime television series) The Man in the High Castle – which was originally published in 1962.
Many golden age readers will remember those great comic book adventures. Some slightly younger readers will remember Uncle Sam and the rest of the Freedom Fighters appearing within the pages of All-Star Squadron and The Young All-Stars during the 1980’s. Those were good times for comic books and comic book readers!
To add to the intricate ancestry of the characters, today, the Freedom Fighters get born again in a new twelve-issue, monthly series!
In this version of the Freedom Fighters, writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Flash, X-O Manowar) and artist Eddy Barrows (Detective Comics, Suicide Squad) firmly place the team on Earth-X…a world where Nazi Germany did indeed win World War II. During the subsequent decades, the Nazis did what Nazis do: the wiped out America’s metahuman resistance – including the original Freedom Fighters – to ensure no one could stand against their evil might.
But fast-forward to present day. There’s a new group of Freedom Fighters rebelling against the tyranny of the Nazi regime. And the missing, original Uncle Sam needs to lead them to liberty!
Make the Wednesday run to your local comic book shop and pick up the first issue of Freedom Fighters.
Alongside inherent political intrigue for a very twenty-first century audience, it’s sure to be a rollicking, old school/new school comic book adventure with plenty of drama, fisticuffs and good vs. evil fun!