Freedom Fighters #1 written by Robert Venditti with pencils by Eddie Barrows and published by DC Comics was an exceedingly vapid disappointing book. It released on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.
The character shown in the panel above is known as Uncle Sam. He is the central figure in this 12 issue iteration of the Freedom Fighters. The first issue is drawn well enough and the story takes place on an alternate earth where the Nazis won the war in Europe and went on to conquer the United States.
Nazis in story telling can be interesting characters as they are generally regarded as infamous. That infamy though is at least fading in some circles and particularly with the youth. Some blame the educational system but, I digress.
Freedom Fighters #1 doesn’t help the “Nazis are infamous” narrative and/or meme. The way the author portrays the Nazis in Freedom Fighters #1 is serious but more akin to a slapstick satire that is way worse than any Hollywood portrayal I have seen.
At the outset of the book Venditti, the writer. uses the term “Ratzi” in a somewhat disorientating manner. “Ratzi” is the term the Freedom Fighters and other “real Americans” use for the Nazis. The Nazis also hate baseball and the Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens.
Jesse Owens is somehow, in a manner unexplained by the writer in the first issue a contact for the Freedom Fighters and actually involved in their resistance against the Nazis.
As you can see below, Venditti has big plans for the late Mr. Jesse Owens
Unfortunately, Mr. Venditti’s Idea of Jesse Owens is an Entirely Fictitious Account, War Propaganda
In the immediate aftermath of the Berlin Games, a myth arose that Hitler, enraged at the triumph of an African American, refused to congratulate Owens on his victories because he failed to shake his hand. However, the press reported that the German leader gave the American sprinter a “friendly little Nazi salute,” and Owens said that the two exchanged congratulatory waves… “Hitler didn’t snub me—it was our president who snubbed me,” he (Owens) said months after the Games. “The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”
In fact, it’s like Mr. Venditti doesn’t know anything about anything. Venditti really scrapes in the comic looking for something, some Americanism to promote over what is his incredible take on Nazism. The best Venditti came up with is apple pie, baseball and the heroes of his flimsy and fictitious reality in Freedom Fighters #1.
The only reason I would read more of the current Freedom Fighters series from Misters Venditti and Barrows would be to gawk at them.
I feel like no one has learned anything about the Holocaust either…