Freedom Fighters Pt. 2: Justice League of America #108
Concluding -- the most fantastic adventure to date of the Justice League of America!
Presenting Earth-X -- the interdimensional world where Nazi Germany won the second world war and now controls the planet!
Into this oppressed parallel reality comes a handful of avenging figures -- determined to free the earth -- or perish in the attempt!
Thirteen Against the Earth!
After Uncle Sam recaps issue #107, we join the second sub-group of assembled heroes:
While their mission seems accomplished, deactivating the mind control machines doesn’t seem to have done a thing, leaving Phantom Lady to ask,
In Heaven’s name -- what did we do wrong?
This sub-group likewise realizes they have not accomplished their mission. They determine that as they destroyed each machine, the power was transmitted to the next one. Then where did it go when the final machine was destroyed? Batman asks,
Who else has to gain from control of such monumental power?
Superman then points a finger…
It turns out that there is one more mind control device, hidden in a satellite orbiting Earth-X and run by an android Adolph Hitler. It’s up to Red Tornado, the hero that caused the transportation of heroes from two Earths to go haywire, to save the day.
Red Tornado also figures out how to send everyone back to their proper homes, leaving fond farewells and the sentiment that perhaps they will meet again someday.
Last issue’s cliffhanger turns out to be forced: getting the heroes back to where they’re supposed to be is irrelevant to the story until the last page. We also have the obligatory misunderstanding of two teams, although it takes place after they’ve been working together. It usually happens first, then they team up.
For all intents and purposes, this could have been the last we saw of the Freedom Fighters. For all we know, the Nazi threat has been destroyed and they can go about rebuilding their world. It would have been nice to include one panel to demonstrate they’ve only won one battle, not an entire war.
It’s a good test run for the characters in a new universe, though, and each one gets to demonstrate a little bit of what they can do with their powers. It would be nearly three years, before we’d see them again in Freedom Fighters #1, and we’ll begin that adventure next week...
Title: Justice League of America
Issue #: 108
Cover Date: Nov./Dec. 1973
On Sale Date: August 2, 1973
Cover Artists: Nick Cardy
Writer: Len Wein
Penciller: Dick Dillin
Inker: Dick Giordano
Colorist: Anthony Tollin
Editor: Julius Schwartz