Pow! To the People 02.20.09

freedomheader.jpgEddie Argos attempts to survive a transatlantic flight armed with nothing but a couple issues of Radical Comics’ futuristic racing epic Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland. The results aren’t pretty.



Art Brut have an album coming out: Art Brut V.S Satan. It’s out April 20th in the UK (where no one knows what 420 means) and on a different day in America (because we didn’t want everyone in the US to think we were a bunch of stoners). So recently, I’ve been too busy recording and getting an album ready to read comics. I did, however, make time on my recent flight home from LA to read a couple, or at least I tried to.

Click for a larger image.I have quite a big pile of comics to work through. Jason at Playback sent me some to the studio in Oregon just before Christmas, and whilst in the studio Black Francis, who produced our album, gave me a load of his old comics too. It is quite a daunting pile. So before I boarded my plane home from LA, I rummaged through the mountain of comics that I had tucked under my girlfriend’s coffee table, stuffed as many as I could fit into my suitcase, and then intentionally chose a few for my hand luggage that I would normally never pick up. The long trip with nothing else to read, I thought, would force me to read these comics and broaden my reading comic book horizons. I took two issues of a comic called Freedom Formula.

I have no idea what Freedom Formula is about. No matter how bored I got, I still wasn’t as bored as Freedom Formula is boring. I really tried to read it too. My iPod ran out of power, I literally had nothing else to do. The film on the plane was City Of Ember, and even that awful nonsensical total waste of Bill Murray couldn’t force me past the first page. Sitting in silence whilst occasionally jabbing myself in the hand with a fork to stop the onset of sensory deprivation getting to me was preferable to reading Freedom Formula. I have it with me now, and just tried to read it again. I couldn’t do it . I think it’s about robots or something, there are definitely spaceships in it. I think it’s probably about a boy who suddenly realises he has abilities he didn’t know he had, or maybe he’s an alien, I don’t know. The writers probably want to turn it into a film. [Believe it or not, it was actually licensed to be turned into a film before the first issue even came out. — JG] I’ve just turned to the last page of Issue Two and this is the dialogue:


"That was insane kid! I’ve never seen anyone do that"

"Well its too bad your VX isn’t up to racing again, I’d like to see you try that again"

"Who the crud are you?"



I hope I haven’t spoilt it for you, but as you can see it’s boring and not worth reading anyway. 

I think the fact it’s called Freedom Formula doesn’t really help either. It turned me off straight away, as it sounds like a boring generic indie band. They may as well have called it "Razorlight" or "Airborne Toxic Event" as it certainly has the same mind-numbing effect on me. Although to be fair to the writers, it’s not the sort of thing I normally read. Maybe it’s outstanding in its genre. Next time I go on a 11-hour flight, though, I’m definitely taking some superhero comics. | Eddie Argos

For a trailer and more information on Freedom Formula, visit http://www.radicalcomics.com/#/s=comics&c=3


In this edition:

Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland #1-2 (Radical Comics)

28 pgs. ea. full color; $2.99 ea.

(W: Edmund Shern; A: Kai, Chester Ocampo)

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