Connect with us
In his own words: Robert Venditti gives 3 reasons why you should read 'Freedom Fighters'

Comic Books

In his own words: Robert Venditti gives 3 reasons why you should read ‘Freedom Fighters’

Comic writer Robert Venditti tells us why ‘Freedom Fighters’ is a book you should be reading.

Out this Wednesday is a new series from DC Comics that has a lot of history. Freedom Fighters is a new look at a team created in the 1940s, revised in the ’70s, and is now back in a new series from Robert Venditti and Eddy Barrows. The series progresses the story focused on an America where the Nazis won World War II and only a scant few heroes remain to fight the good fight.

I spoke to Venditti recently to talk about this series and there will be a more in-depth interview running later this week. Until then, here are Venditti’s reasons why you should pick up Freedom Fighters.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

AiPT!: Let’s say that you have a reader who’s on the fence about Freedom Fighters. What are your three reasons why they should read Freedom Fighters?

In his own words: Robert Venditti gives 3 reasons why you should read 'Freedom Fighters'

Robert Venditti: Gosh. You should read Freedom Fighters if you like alternate history stories. You should read it if you like superheroes. You should read them if you like the DC Universe, wait, that’s a corny answer. Here are three — not listed, but in this one answer.

AiPT!: Okay.

RV: What I think is appealing about Freedom Fighters is it is taking a lot of what’s familiar about the DC Universe and the DC mythology and it’s able to reimagine it and apply a new way to this alternate version of Earth. So it’s very easy to understand and it’s very easy to grasp because there are things you know like Plastic Man and who Superman is and you know what these different elements are but we are repurposing them and presenting them in a new way.

In his own words: Robert Venditti gives 3 reasons why you should read 'Freedom Fighters'

We’re also seeing through the lens of a world where Hitler and the Nazis have won World War II. [In this story] we were 50 plus years into the American society being under Nazi rule. And so it’s taking a lot of what can be entertaining about alternate universe stories and about superhero comics and putting them all in one place and really looking to the alternate universe through the lens of superhero comics.

This is doing worldbuilding in the truest sense of the phrase. We’ve never really spent a ton of time in the Freedom Fighters universe, so this is an opportunity for myself and for Eddy Barrows to really build out what this world is from the ground up. How did society function? What’s the same about this world to our own? What’s different about it? Who are the heroes; who are the villains? How does all that work together and what are the things that will give you that are familiar but then how can we spin it in a way to make it unfamiliar and make complete sense in this other world?

It’s enormously challenging to be able to work with that kind of material where what you see outside your front door you can’t even trust anymore, but it’s also creatively very rewarding to have that much help in space and that much of a canvas where you can do all these kinds of things. Just from reading the first issue I think you can see the amount of space that we’ve been given to repurpose things like the Plastic Man mythology and elements like that.

You can purchase Freedom Fighters #1 this Wednesday or preorder it now digitally today.

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

Mandalorian Jeans Guy Mandalorian Jeans Guy

The Mandalorian: Jean-clad crew member crashes Chapter 12 (and steals our hearts)

Star Wars

Rating X-Men's swollest lads based on total niceness Rating X-Men's swollest lads based on total niceness

Rating X-Men’s swollest lads based on total niceness

Comic Books

X-Men Monday Call for Questions - Jonathan Hickman X-Men Monday Call for Questions - Jonathan Hickman

X-Men Monday Call for Questions – Jonathan Hickman

Comic Books

AIPT Comics Podcast Episode 99: Talkin' TKO series 'The Pull' with writer Steve Orlando AIPT Comics Podcast Episode 99: Talkin' TKO series 'The Pull' with writer Steve Orlando

AIPT Comics Podcast Episode 99: Talkin’ TKO series ‘The Pull’ with writer Steve Orlando

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup