Freak 1: Through the Lightning Gate; Freak 2: Death and the Lizard Man
Digital version – browse, print or download
Receive the latest news & reviews direct to your inbox!
Freak 1: Through the Lightning Gate
Illustrated by Stephen Player
These A4 graphic novels have been developed with the specific purpose of attracting reluctant readers at KS3 and 4. They attempt this by presenting the frenetically eventful adventures of Freak, a streetwise 17-year-old, zapped into a parallel dystopia where animal species have all evolved into warring humanoids. Freak befriends a lion woman, falls foul of an obscene tyrant and helps rescue a lizard man from wrongful execution in storylines which extol the virtues of comradeship and honesty while depicting some pretty lurid violence.
The visual impression you gain when flicking through the pages is one of intense ugliness. It'll be interesting to see how far future titles extend the aesthetic horizons of their intended readership, once the enticing nastiness has done its necessary work.