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Someday soon I think Rick Remender will be writing every comic on the stand … case in point, this week we learned he’s got a new book coming out from Radical Comics called The Last Days of American Crime with artist artist Greg Tocchini.
“The Last Days of American Crime is a story I’ve been itching to scratch for a few years now,” Remender said in a press release from Radical. “Fans of my creator-owned books Fear Agent or XXXombies will be right at home with this one. And Greg Tocchini is a powerhouse, one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with, a true future superstar. Radical is a perfect home for the project, so I’m having a blast.”
“I took that Orwellian world to the Nth degree and came up with an idea where the government has discovered a frequency that basically hinders a human from doing anything they know to be unlawful,” explained Remender of his vision for America in the year 2016. “Basically, this frequency makes it impossible for you to jaywalk, steal, cheat on your spouse… If you know it’s unlawful, you can’t do it. But two weeks before they throw the switch, The Washington Post breaks the story and the country goes crazy.”
“To distract everyone from their ‘American Freedom Initiative’ signal, [the government] has been transitioning from paper money to cards, where all financial transactions take place on plastic,” said Remender. “Graham Brick is a down-on-his-luck loser who has been working as a security guard at one of the facilities where they charge the cards with money, and he plans to steal one of these machines. A hacker would set it to an infinite loop and they’d go off to the Bahamas and be able to charge endless amounts of money.”
And while Brick is content to bide his time and take the plan slowly, news of the upcoming anti-crime signal forces him to pull together a team of criminals on short notice to assist with the caper amid all of the ensuing chaos.
Per Radical, more details on The Last Days of American Crime will be revealed at their New York Comic-Con panel on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in Room 1A07.