Freedom Fighters #1

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Eddy Barrows Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 26
8.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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Line up for this all-new maxiseries set on Earth X, where the Nazis won World War II! Twenty years after invading and occupying America, Germany wiped out all metahuman resistance, including the original Freedom Fighters.
Fast-forward to the present day, and a new team of Freedom Fighters emerges to challenge the Nazi occupation once again. But if they're to have any chance of victory, they're going to need Uncle Sam-who disappeared after his original team was killed. The 12-part epic "Death of a Nation" storyline kicks off here!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Dec 29, 2018

    This is not only a book I truly enjoyed reading in pure fanboy style, this is a book that looks to be one I can be proud of as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 19, 2018

    A Fascinating Tome Of Multiverse Mayhem! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Russ Burlingame Dec 19, 2018

    Freedom Fighters #1 is a near-perfect first issue, featuring exciting visuals and some clever, thoughtful world-building that leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 19, 2018

    There will be a groups of people who will say that this book is either too patriotic or it is stating a political agenda. Of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but before everyone gets their unfurled flag, well…..furled; comic books are entertainment and this book is definitely high-class entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - John Jack Dec 23, 2018

    A really fun book that can be enjoyed with no prior knowledge of the team or the universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 19, 2018

    By the time I reached the last page I was already hooked and more than a little annoyed I'm going to have to wait another month for the next issue. This could be another big title for DC in 2019 so don't miss getting on board right away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Dec 19, 2018

    With this being the first issue, especially with a rather surprising and hopeful ending, I have no idea what's going to come in the following eleven. Still, I'm curious to see what other messages pop up and I wonder what we will be able to glean from them as a society. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 19, 2018

    The issue is a fantastic start with highs and lows. There's lots of action, hope, despair, and more hope. It's a rollercoaster that's both escapist and a reflection on today's reality and what was. We're in a real world fight against a rise of far right ideology and fascism and a second rise of Nazi beliefs. To get a comic with some good ole Nazi punching is quite welcome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Dec 21, 2018

    Venditti's going to have to whip out a time portal or a cryogenic chamber or an iceberg or something, I'm sure he'll pull off something credible, though, and with some incredible art from Barrows, I'm looking forward to the next eleven issues and, hopefully, beyond. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Dec 19, 2018

    Venditti, Barrows, Bennett and Lucas are off to an exciting start, crafting a narrative that is incredibly relevant. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 19, 2018

    Freedom Fightersmay not be the series that we want, but it's the series that we need...okay, it's the series that we want too.Freedom Fighters (2018-) #1is a strong debut that leaves readers wanting more 'what-if' action. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 19, 2018

    While the characters weren't established for new readers as much as I would have liked, I did have a blast reading this issue, which seems weird for how dark the book's subject matter is.  The art is fantastic though and we have ourselves a team that I can't wait to see more of........ I just hope that this maxi-series can maintain the momentum that this issue created. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 20, 2018

    If you only buy one comic about punching Nazis and taking back America this week, make it this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Dec 19, 2018

    Freedom Fighters #1 is an ambitious book that cleverly uses alternate history as a prod to remember and learn from real history. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Dec 21, 2018

    The Freedom Fighters take the fight to those Ratzi thugs! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 19, 2018

    This isn't a perfect comic, as we don't really get to know either of the two teams in the issue, but it does a very good job of immersing us in its disturbing world. We're immediately invested, and that's a big part of success. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Dec 19, 2018

    The opening issue to the Freedom Fighters series is a solid issue that introduces readers old and new to Earth X. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Dec 19, 2018

    FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1 moves toward its historical roots in this intriguing alternate history story. I look forward to discovering more of its present. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Dec 27, 2018

    The first issue primarily serves as a backdrop to the times and sets the tone of the series, but lacks a focal point. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Dec 26, 2018

    If Freedom Fighters can find the space to explore this premise with more nuance, it could turn into a solid maxiseries, but this first issue doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence in that regard. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Dec 19, 2018

    There has been some real thought put into this which I heartily enjoyed and although a knowledge of previous work would be useful, this is an easy jump-on point for anyone looking for something a little different. Freedom Fighters delivers a rowdy initial issue and I will definitely be considering adding this to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ohhaimark Dec 19, 2018


    -This issue has some great political themes, I hope they will expand on those, but its a solid start.

    -This comic does great with its premise. It's similar to some elements of the Man in the High Castle, but it definitely feels like much more than just that withs superheroes.

    -I love Eddy Barrows's art. His drawing for the Plastic Men Nazis was especially amazing.

    -The death of the original Freedom Fighters was pretty dark but amazing.

    -I thought Venditti did a great job with this issue. His writing was really good, and often times had a great subtle way of telling the story.

    "Heil this, Ratzis." The new Freedom Fighters are pretty cool, looking forward to seei more

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  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 20, 2018

    This issue was pretty intriguing. I like the tone set here. And it wasn't annoyingly preachy in its message, like it totally could have been. They didn't go for "Trump is Hitler", for instance. Which unfortunately isn't so ridiculous an idea in the comic industry. I'm sure one of the Vertigo titles will do it though.

  • 7.5
    Comic Princess Dec 20, 2018

    It was ok, we get it, nazis are bad, no shit, do u have something original to say????? You have 12 issues to SAY SOMETHING. Will you?

  • 6.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    This was okay, and I do usually like resistance stories, so hopefully the next issues rouse some more interest in me.

  • 4.0
    Bloodraven Dec 22, 2018

    Nazi bad! Americans good! This was extremely unoriginal and boring.

  • 4.0
    Full Spread Dec 22, 2018

    Corny dialog, nonexistent characterization, and odd moments of grotesque violence waste what could have been a nifty (albeit cliche) concept.

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Dec 19, 2018

    That was amazing! I knew nothing about the Freedom Fighters but it didnt matter because that first issue was so good! It presents very well the world were about to go into.
    Its very "America, OH Yeah!" but thats not a problem, of course.
    The art is STUNNING! Eddy Barrows did an amazing job, as always. Great script! Robert Venditti is a great writer, in my opinion. Were in for a treat!
    I think thats going to be the "underrated series" of 2019. (i hope not. I hope it sells well and people talk about it).
    Now i need to read old Freedom Fighters stuff!

  • 10
    SloboSOY Dec 21, 2018

    Damn that was good. No that was a awesome reading. At first I was a little lost, and I was not shure I will like this dark story. But in fact I was easily transported in it. It's a good reminder of what we escape. The Jessy Owen character is a very nice touch.

    Cover - Not just the cover. The starting point of the story. 2/2
    Writing - I loved all of it. 3/3
    Arts - Their is some part I didn't find very clear at first (Like what happen with the flag) but it's a awesome work. 3/3
    Feeling - I want more of it. 2/2

  • 9.5
    The 20-issue Ceiling Jan 7, 2019

    Wow, this is so much better than I expected and I was already expecting good things. Vendetti is killing it lately.

  • 9.0
    KFuqua Dec 20, 2018

    This series if off to a good start. I enjoyed it and will definitely be back for the next issue.

  • 9.0
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 14, 2019

    I literally had no idea what Freedom Fighters was when I picked it up last month. I saw that Robert Venditti (Hawkman, X-O Manowar) was the writer and had the fierce visage of Uncle Sam staring me down and I was sold on the look alone.

    The book is extremely dark. I hazard to say its the darkest comic I've read since X-Men: Age of Apocalypse storyline from the '90s. This series is also set in an alternate timeline. In this scenario, the Nazi's won WWII and in doing so extended it's the sphere of influence to America. All seems lost until a new group of Freedom Freedom fighters reveal themselves publicly.

    If you're a fan of historical fiction you've seen or heard of this alternate timeline before. Think Wolfenstein wit more

  • 8.0
    Jeremy Cline Dec 21, 2018


    If you like these characters and tales taking place on alternate Earths, you will like this one.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jan 9, 2019

    This concept isn't new, The Man In The High Castle is the same idea, but when you bring a real person like Jesse Owens into the story, it starts to feel uncomfortable. In this case, the idea is to make the reader feel uncomfortable, but it's up to you if that's the kind of book you want to digest.

  • 8.0
    Valiant Son Jan 19, 2019

    The comic looks good, with fine art and excellent colouring. The story is promising, although as a British person, I did find the "America is the home of liberty and equality" message to be both annoying and ludicrous, especially given the inclusion of Jesse Owens as a character - a man who when he won his gold medals in 1936, was not only shunned by FDR on his return home, but was also legally a second class citizen in large sections of the USA. Toning this down would have helped considerably. Nonetheless, this is a good comic, and if they can be just a little less parochial and jingoistic in future issues then it could rise to the realms of excellent, rather than good.

  • 7.0
    Perry_comics Jan 3, 2019

    Comic Book Review Scale (0-10)

    0-1 Story must keep me engaged:
    Freedom Fighters will keep you engaged in the story from the first page until the last.

    1-2 Must be able to Understand the Story:
    From start to finish the comic makes it very clear what is going on, the time jump was very fluid and didn't bring any confusion, the potential main character was briefly shown for 3 pages and leaves you wanting to know more about him and where he went off too.

    2-3 Visuals/Artwork must make sense and be consistent:
    Artwork was consistent

    3-4 Visuals/Artwork must be abl more

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