By Todd Allen
The Freedom Fighters don’t appear to have formed in the “New 52” DC universe yet, but darned if Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray aren’t hovering over the characters. Palmiotti & Gray wrote the pre-relaunch Freedom Fighters comics, the post-relaunch The Ray and now will be writing Phantom Lady. Not just Phantom Lady, either. Freedom Fighter alumni Dollman will also be part of what appears to be a fairly major reworking of the characters.
From the official hype:
Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Cat Staggs and Rich Perotta, PHANTOM LADY will star the female Freedom Fighter in the debut of her own 4-part miniseries. And joining her will be her partner-in-crimefighting, the diminutive dynamo known as Doll Man.
“Phantom Lady and Doll Man is an exciting return to the roots of the characters as pulpy, street level crime fighters with a few new twists and some heavy sci-fi overtones,” Justin Gray told THE SOURCE. “We took the best of their original core concepts and updated them with no relation to our previous work on Phantom Lady and Doll Man in the Freedom Fighters. You’re getting in on the ground floor of the origin story of two people whose lives intersect and a common threat that transforms them into pretty amazing and engaging superheroes.”
“We are super excited to reconnect with characters we have been so close with over the years, and getting to create something both exciting and visually cool in the process,” continued Jimmy Palmiotti. “With this series, we dig into who Phantom Lady and Doll Man are, how they came to be and how they fit into DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. There is something for everyone here and we are having a blast!”
As you can see from the cover art (Amanda Conner art), the visual redesign is pretty complete. I think I would have guessed Legion of Superheroes if you showed me the art out of context and said it was from DC.
Phantom Lady comes pretty quickly after The Ray‘s revamp and makes you wonder if Black Condor or Uncle Sam is going to be following. (I’m not sure the Human Bomb is the best title for a comic in the current climate.) That’s three out of six Freedom Fighters rebooted. Also, if you’re following the diversity thread, penciller Cat Staggs is a lady.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.