I first heard rumblings about the possibility of a Freeway Fighter on Twitter. “Would people like to see this?”, writer Andi Ewington asked. “Yes.” I replied. Presumably amongst a cavalcade of other voices.
Freeway Fighter saw life originally as book number thirteen in the Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks published by Puffin and created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. This particular instalment – penned by Ian Livingstone – saw the reader / player exist in a Post-Apocalyptic America in a setting very reminiscent of Mad Max and other such “wasteland warrior” tales. Featuring crazy characters and heavily customised vehicles, I remember being a huge fan of the book. I borrowed it from the library several times before eventually grabbing my own copy.
In the gamebook, the hero of the adventure (YOU) must travel the dangerous wastelands in search of that precious commodity – fuel. This simple fetch-and-carry quest becomes a fraught adventure where the player must not only keep themselves alive but also their heavily customised vehicle. Food and Fuel are equally important in this dog-eat-dog vision of the future.
Titan Comics have now announced that Issue 1 of this comic version will be released in May next year – just in time for the 35th Anniversary of the Fighting Fantasy series. Here’s the blurb about the tale being woven:
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!
I’ve not read many comics of late, but this is definitely one that I am looking forward to getting hold of. I also hope it opens the door to more Fighting Fantasy adventures seeing a comic release. The worlds created by Jackson, Livingstone and the multitude of writers who contributed over the years are vast, varied and ripe for adaptation. It seem’s I’m not the only one – here’s what author Ian Livingstone had to say:
“I’ve always wanted to see Fighting Fantasy books in comic book form … It’s been a pleasure working with Andi Ewington and the artists who have got the Interceptor roaring down the post-apocalyptic road with Bella at the wheel, burning rubber to survive!”
Here’s a promo and a couple of pages, featuring the stunning art of Simon Coleby to tide us over for now:
Source: Press Release
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