So DC did something cool last week - or at least they *may* have...for within pages of Blackest Night 8, there was one panel with, lo and behold, Uncle Sam in it.
Now, I don't think he's been officially MIA, but wasn't the last time we saw Uncle Sam in Final Crisis when he was declared CORRUPTED? (Which strikes me as quite the clever meta-commentary by Grant Morrison, if indeed that's what it was...)
Prior to that, Uncle Sam was in the (imo) horrible Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. I think that only lasted, what? 7 issues? This was (for the most part) not the same Freedom Fighters reintroduced back during the Bronze Age, but felt more like an Authority knockoff, only about 8 years too late to really capitalize on that whole gravy train.
Before US&TFF, the original DC versions of the Freedom Fighters (as introduced by Len Wein and Dick Dillin back in Justice League of America 107) were decimated as part of events leading up the Infinite Crisis - one of those random acts of Superhero Snuff that DC seems to like to use at the drop of a hat.
I wonder if Uncle Sam's appearance in a Blackest Night 8 (a comic that had a huge fan service ending) might be a sign that he might get another shot at a series that would be more befitting the character? Here's an idea - take James Robinson off of JLA (which doesn't seem like a good fit for him ,does it?) and put him on a The Golden Age or New Frontier type of project with the Freedom Fighters. I don't know if that combination would really work, but it's worth a shot.
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