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Preview: Freeway Fighter TPB

FREEWAY FIGHTER TPB

Writer: by Andi Ewington
Artist: Simon Coleby
Publisher: Titan Comics
112pp – $16.99 – On sale: December 5
ISBN: 9781785861680

Based on Ian Livingston’s legendary Fighting Fantasy game book series!

The smash-hit Fighting Fantasy gamebook comes to comics for the very first time, in a brand-new story of post-apocalyptic racing and survival against all odds!

Bella De La Rosa was heir to a great I-400 racing tradition before the virus hit, before most of humanity was wiped out, and civilization fell.

Eighteen months after the collapse of society, she and her blue and red Interceptor prowl the remnants of what once was America, eking out a life among the ruins, trying to evade vicious car gangs like the Doom Dogs, and find enough gas, food, and water to survive.

But is there more than this for her in the wasteland? Can hope for humanity be found with one young woman and her tooled-up survival rig of a car?

Preview: Freeway Fighter #4

FREEWAY FIGHTER #4

Writers: Ian Livingstone, Andi Ewington
Artists: Simon Coleby, Len O’Grady
C over A: Ben Oliver
C over B: Simon Coleby
C over C: Tazio Bettin
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 9, 2017

FINAL ISSUE!

Final issue of this brand-new story based on the cult-favorite series of game books!

Written by Andi Ewington (Exmortis, Sunflower) and illustrated by Simon Coleby (Judge Dredd, The Royals).

Preview: Freeway Fighter #3

FREEWAY FIGHTER #3

Writers: Ian Livingstone, Andi Ewington
Artists: Simon Coleby, Len O’Grady
Cover A: Ben Oliver
Cover B: Simon Coleby & Len O’Grady
Cover C: Ben Willsher
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 12, 2017

BASED ON THE FIGHTING FANTASY BOOK FREEWAY FIGHTER BY IAN LIVINGSTONE!

The year is 2024: eighteen months after an unknown virus wiped-out over eighty-five percent of the world’s population.

Former I-400 Driver, Bella De La Rosa, is one of the remaining fifteen percent – living every day as if it were her last. Having set out for the township of New Hope, Bella and her travelling companion Ryan find themselves caught in a trap set by the cruel, post-apocalyptic highwayman known simply as the Animal, and hunted by his vicious Doom Dogs.

Preview: Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter #2

IAN LIVINGSTONE’S FREEWAY FIGHTER #2

Writers: Ian Livingstone, Andi Ewington
Artists: Simon Coleby, Len O’Grady
Cover A: Ben Oliver
Cover B: Simon Coleby & Len O’Grady
Cover C: Simon Myers
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: June 14

The year is 2024: eighteen months after an unknown virus wiped-out over eighty-five percent of the world’s population. Former I-400 Driver, Bella De La Rosa, is one of the remaining fifteen percent – living every day on the highway as if it were her last. In this dog eat dog, kill or be killed world of post-apocalyptic America, it’s hard to know who to trust, especially when certain doom waits just beyond the horizon and death stalks you at every turn.

BASED ON THE FIGHTING FANTASY BOOK FREEWAY FIGHTER BY IAN LIVINGSTONE!

Review: Freeway Fighter #1

While I never played any of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in 1982, I remember Freeway Fighter being somewhere on the shelves of one of the comic/game shops I worked at during my teens and early 20s. My introduction to Livingstone and Jackson’s worldbuilding with Games Workshop and its numerous games, but Freeway Fighter stood out during its release by deviating from the usual mix of orcs, goblins and cave-trolls. The series went on to sell over 18 million copies worldwide and is translated in over 30 languages.

35 years later, we’re getting another chance to drive in that classic setting with a new comic series being released May 17, 2017, written by Andi Ewington and Livingstone, with art by Simon Coleby and Len O’Grady and publishing by Titan Comics.

Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilization, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

The first issue is all set up introducing us to De La Rosa and then jumping ahead post collapse as she drives to survive. It’s a solid start in world building allowing readers to slowly learn about the world they’re thrust in to slowly teasing out just enough to get us to come back more. Ewington and Livingstone together have put together a first issue that feels familiar, but still very entertaining. Normally this world setting is fueled by macho male leads with women acting in a subserviant role. Their choice of Bella De La Rosa as the hero around which this series rotates is brilliant in that it adds in the excellent story choice made in Mad Max: Fury Road one that flipped the formula in some ways. The two writers give us a nod and wink of what we can expect by doing so and fills in a gap that so far no one has really picked up on, the gear head apocalypse story with some girl power acting as nitrous boost. That simple decision is one of many that makes the series stand out.

Coleby and O’Grady on art deliver a visually solid story with enough detail for us to sus out what might have happened in the months since collapse. Materials laying about, the design of vehicles, clothes being worn, those visuals all help tell the story and fill in gaps that haven’t been spelled out yet.

Freeway Fighter #1 feels like the start of a badass story that takes the original roleplaying game and infuses it with other elements that have been added to the genre since. Strap in for an entertaining ride.

Story: Andi Ewington and Ian Livingstone Art: Simon Coleby and Len O’Grady
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter #1 (of 4)

IAN LIVINGSTONE’S FREEWAY FIGHTER #1 (OF 4)

Writer: Andi Ewington
Artist: Simon Coleby
Colorist: Len O’Grady
COVER A: SIMON COLEBY & LEN O’GRADY
COVER B: BEN OLIVER
COVER C: ORLANDO AROCENA
COVER INCENTIVE: ROBERT HACK
COVER DIAMOND UK: JIM BURNS
COVER: FAN APPRECIATION ADVENTURE SHEET VARIANT
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 17, 2017

NEW STORY BASED ON THE CULT-FOLLOWED SERIES OF GAME BOOKS WRITTEN BY ANDI EWINGTON (EXMORTIS, SUNFLOWER) AND ILLUSTRATED BY SIMON COLEBY (JUDGE DREDD, THE ROYALS). SPEED INTO THE WORLD OF DANGER, DEATH AND FAST CARS! PERFECT FOR FANS OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!

Early Review: Freeway Fighter #1

While I never played any of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in 1982, I remember Freeway Fighter being somewhere on the shelves of one of the comic/game shops I worked at during my teens and early 20s. My introduction to Livingstone and Jackson’s worldbuilding with Games Workshop and its numerous games, but Freeway Fighter stood out during its release by deviating from the usual mix of orcs, goblins and cave-trolls. The series went on to sell over 18 million copies worldwide and is translated in over 30 languages.

35 years later, we’re getting another chance to drive in that classic setting with a new comic series being released May 17, 2017, written by Andi Ewington and Livingstone, with art by Simon Coleby and Len O’Grady and publishing by Titan Comics.

Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilization, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

The first issue is all set up introducing us to De La Rosa and then jumping ahead post collapse as she drives to survive. It’s a solid start in world building allowing readers to slowly learn about the world they’re thrust in to slowly teasing out just enough to get us to come back more. Ewington and Livingstone together have put together a first issue that feels familiar, but still very entertaining. Normally this world setting is fueled by macho male leads with women acting in a subserviant role. Their choice of Bella De La Rosa as the hero around which this series rotates is brilliant in that it adds in the excellent story choice made in Mad Max: Fury Road one that flipped the formula in some ways. The two writers give us a nod and wink of what we can expect by doing so and fills in a gap that so far no one has really picked up on, the gear head apocalypse story with some girl power acting as nitrous boost. That simple decision is one of many that makes the series stand out.

Coleby and O’Grady on art deliver a visually solid story with enough detail for us to sus out what might have happened in the months since collapse. Materials laying about, the design of vehicles, clothes being worn, those visuals all help tell the story and fill in gaps that haven’t been spelled out yet.

Freeway Fighter #1 is out in about a month which gives you time to pre-order it from your shop and hop on board what feels like the start of a badass story that takes the original roleplaying game and infuses it with other elements that have been added to the genre since. Strap in for an entertaining ride.

Story: Andi Ewington and Ian Livingstone Art: Simon Coleby and Len O’Grady
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Based on the Legendary Game, a First Look at Freeway Fighter #1

Spinning out of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in 1982, the post-apocalyptic Freeway Fighter distinguished itself by deviating from the usual mix of orcs, goblins and cave-trolls. Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Fighting Fantasy brought together choice driven storytelling with a dice-based role-playing system to create a world in which “YOU are the hero!” The series sold over 18 million copies worldwide and is translated in over 30 languages.

In the new comics series, written by critically acclaimed writer Andi Ewington with original creator Ian Livingstone and artist Simon Coleby with Len O’Grady, an unknown virus has wiped out over 85% of the world’s human population. Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilization, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

Titan ComicsFreeway Fighter Issue #1 comes with fantastic covers to collect by artists like Ben Oliver, Simon Coleby & Len O’Grady and also Orlando Arocena.

Freeway Fighter #1 thunders into comic stores and digital devices on May 17, 2017, just in time for the 35th Anniversary of Fighting Fantasy and is available to order from the upcoming March edition of Diamond PREVIEWS.

freeway-fighter-issue-1_cover_a_simon_coleby

Spinning out of the Classic Game Fighting Fantasy… Freeway Fighter!

ff-logoCritically acclaimed writer Andi Ewington teams up with original creator Ian Livingstone and artist Simon Coleby for Freeway Fighter – a furious, four-issue road trip like no other, speeding from Titan Comics in May 2017.

Spinning out of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in 1982, the post-apocalyptic Freeway Fighter distinguished itself by deviating from the usual mix of orcs, goblins and cave-trolls. Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Fighting Fantasy brought together choice driven storytelling with a dice-based role-playing system to create a world in which “YOU are the hero!” The series sold over 18 million copies worldwide and is translated in over 30 languages.

In the new comics series, an unknown virus has wiped out over 85% of the world’s human population. Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilization, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

Freeway Fighter #1 thunders into comic stores and digital devices in May 2017, just in time for the 35th Anniversary of Fighting Fantasy. Keep your eyes on the road for more announcements spinning out from this brand-new story soon.

Review: Red Dog #1

red-dog-1-coverSome say there’s no greater love in the universe than the love a boy has for his dog. For Kyle, the only kid living amongst 200 grownups on a distant mining colony light-years away from Earth, that saying is a given. Welcome to Kirawan, a planet that Kyle calls, “the worst place you could ever imagine.” Kyle stumbles through his days doing his chores hoping to live up to the steep demands of his father, the head of the planet’s mining operation. Still, it’s not all bad, there’s Q, Kyle’s robotic K-9, basically the greatest pet in the known universe. However, during an upload of resources bound for earth, the alien natives of Kirawan launch a full-scale attack on the human miners. Welcome to the world of Red Dog.

Written by Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington, Red Dog is an entertaining new sci-fi series coming soon from 451 Media. The story has some familiarity to it, but what it does really well is give a cinematic feel to it all. That makes complete sense considering Cohen is part of the team behind the films Fast and the Furious and XXX.

The issue goes into a lot of detail and provides a lot of background to the world of Kirawan. We know why humans went there. Why Kyle is special. And a bit of what this world is like. It’s an immense amount of information for a first issue, one that would probably make dungeon masters proud in the detail. But, that detail is really great as it helps make the world standout from similar story settings and it gives the comic as a whole a lot of personality.

That personality is helped by artist Robert Atkins who adds a sci-fi western element about it all. The world of Kirawan feels like the wild west in so many ways, and that’s partially due to the brown color palette that permeates the comic. I fully expected mechanical horses to show up at some point or a sheriff to step up. That’s not a bad thing at all as it helps flesh out the world and as the story shifts it helps blend the genres the story mixes. We go from a very “western” tale in the beginning to what’s clearly “sci-fi” when things wrap up. Atkins does some amazing work on Q though. The detail on the mechanical dog is impressive and it feels like it’s a patchwork robot that’d work and something someone could put together in real life.

The first issue ends at a cliffhanger that is a bit overused, but what has come before kept me entertained enough to want to see what comes next and find out more about the world. I can make some guesses as to what we’ll see, but so far, it’s pretty entertaining and well worth checking out.

Story: Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington Art: Robert Atkins
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

451 Media Group Provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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