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Happy memories, I think..., yes, definitely, I think...,
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This review is from: Freak Brothers Omnibus, The: Every Freak Brothers Story Rolled into One Bumper Package (Paperback)
In the misty seventies I kept stumbling across these anarchic comics, but I was always too busy with work and a new family to search them out. Recently I was pointed towards this bumper book of all of the stories. To my delight it also includes many of the Fat Freddie's Cat footnote strips and several full page FFC stories.
About a third of it is in colour, two blocks of about 110 pages each in the 624. Tucked away at the back is Shelton's history of how he came to create the series, and how over the years he had help from friends in drawing it, and how they often struggled to keep it going.
It is hedonistic fantasy, a drug-fuelled dystopia, a reign of unlawful and rebellious anarchy, heavily shaded by guilt, paranoia, anxiety and craving. And yet we all knew someone who was just like one of the Freak 'brothers', and we all knew a cat just like Fat Freddie's. It is gloriously Politically Incorrect, and has set the standard all other anarchic comics must live up to.
There is one big problem, the format is smaller than the original publications, and some of the printing is too dense making the text tiny and difficult to read even in a good light - I borrowed reading glasses and a magnifier to read parts of it, mainly the early pages.
But it is worth every penny. I expect to be dipping into it again and again.