Friday, May 20, 2016

Freejack issue 1

Official movie adaptation
Issue 1, April 1992
Chuck Dixon and Clint McElroy (writers), Ernie Stiner (pencils), Tony De Zuniga (inks)
NOW Comics

When it was released in January, 1992, I didn't pay much attention to the movie Freejack, although it was one of the earliest of Cyberpunk movies.

NOW Comics (1985 - 1994) was one of the myriad indie labels that sprang up during the 80s, thrived during the The Great Comics Boom of the late 80s and early 90s, and then closed down when the Boom collapsed. They mainly printed adaptations of movies and television shows; one of their best-known series was 1990's Terminator: The Burning Earth, which was the inaugural comic series for artist Alex Ross.

From April - June 1992 NOW Comics published a three-issue adaptation of Freejack. While the art is more than a little cartoony for my taste, the series does a reasonably good job of portraying the original film (presumably, this comics adaptation didn't have either the permission or licensing for the faces of the actors, and thus had to settle for 'generic' facial features for its characters). It has its value as an odd little bit of early Cyberpunk, so I'll be posting the content of all three issues here at the PorPor Books Blog.

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