Daily Archives: December 20, 2018

Say Uncle

Freedom Fighters #1
“Chapter One: Death of a Nation”
Writer: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Eddy Barrows
Inks: Eber Ferreira
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Deron Bennett
Cover artists: Barrows (regular)/Ben Oliver (variant)
Editor: Paul Kaminski
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

I’ve been obsessed with DC’s Golden Age characters, as well as others from the era it acquired from other, now-defunct publishers over the years, such as the Quality characters, such as Uncle Sam, the Human Bomb and the rest of the lineup that DC rebranded as the Freedom Fighters in the 1970s. When DC reintroduced the characters in one of its annual JLA/JSA crossovers of the time, they were on Earth-X, fighting against the Nazis, who’d won the Second World War. After DC did away with its multiverse with Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985, the Freedom Fighters just became another group of WWII-eras, taking away that unique mission. With a one-shot during the Multiversity not long ago and now with this new limited series, DC has clearly seen that the characters work better in that alternate-universe setting. Despite my interest in Golden Age super-heroes, what drew me to this comic was news that it featured another hero, a different kind a hero: a real-life one whom writer Robert Venditti had incorporated into a tale of resistance and horror that made a lot of sense. Though I’m a little late to the game, I’m realizing that Venditti is a skilled and powerful creative force in DC’s stable, and I’m definitely going to be paying closer attention for his name on future projects as well.

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Blurred on a ‘Wire

Livewire #1
Writer: Vita Ayala
Artists: Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Cover artists: Adam Pollina, Harvey Tolibao, Paulina Ganucheau & Doug Braithwaite
Editor: David Menchel & Joseph Illidge
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Price: $3.99 US

I’ve never had much of an attachment to the Valiant brand. I’ve read and enjoyed a few Valiant titles — from the 1990s to today — but not that many, so I’m not well versed on the publisher’s continuity or lore. However, when I heard writer Vita Ayala was helming this new title, my interest was piqued immediately. She’s a powerful new voice in comics, and her star is rising rapidly in the industry for good reason. Furthermore, it seemed to me as though she was crafting a new character, a new property for the Valiant line. Boy, was I wrong. As I made my way through these pages, I was more than a little confused, and I quickly discovered Livewire is far from a new character. I soon learned she’s been around for a quarter century, and that history definitely plays a role in this new title. Livewire appears to have been fashioned specifically for the Valiant devotee, and that leaves readers such as myself out in the cold. That inaccessibility is a shame, as there’s some strong characterization serving as the foundation for this story.

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