TheGeek reviews Freedom Fighters #9!
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Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JUSTIN GRAY; Art and cover by TRAVIS MOORE & WALDEN WONG
They've saved America countless times, but there's one national crisis the Freedom Fighters are powerless to combat: a troubled economy. The recession hits home as our heroes find themselves among the ranks of the unemployed and facing an uncertain future. DC Universe32pg.Color$2.99 US
Freedom Fighters is one of the many books axed in DC's wave of cancellations, which is a shame. It may have had its rough spots, but every issue was chockful of story and art. Which leaves us with Freedom Fighters #9, the team's final issue. The Freedom Fighters lost their funding, Human Bomb is jobless, and the government is populated by grade-A jerks!
I don't envy Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray at all. They had the hard job of giving their still-running storyline a sudden yet coherent ending. Fortunately, they do exactly that. No book on the stands right now can hold a candle to how filled to the brim with action and characterization an average Freedom Fighters issue is, and this latest issue is no exception. There are a lot of interesting moments here, from the Human Bomb's income problems to the dilemma with the government and its fear of superpowered beings that reeks of Marvel's Civil War shenanigans. These are bigger-than-life heroes with real-world concerns like employment and relationships, and Palimiotti and Gray make it all work.
Travis Moore adds just enough to the book, with the same strong art he's been delivering since issue one. Sure the book deals with down-to-earth issues, but the story soars with Moore's storytelling chops. The action is fun and frantic, the characters beautiful and heroic. I'm still amazed that they can pack so much stuff to look at in a 20+ page issue like this.
The end leaves much to be desired, with a bloodthirsty government bureaucrat wanting Human Bomb's head on a stick, and leaving it at that. I'm sad to see an up-and-coming favorite book bite the dus, but nobody really cares for books like these except for people like me, and that's a shame. Freedom Fighters will be missed, but this last-minute send off is the best anyone can hope for.
Review by: TheGeek