Helena Crash is a highly original, interesting, and fast-paced comic written by Fabian Rangel Jr. and illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Check out our interview with those guys here.) Building off the premise of a world where coffee is illegal (and comic creator’s nightmare), we follow Helena, or try to, as she jets around acting as a courier on the black market.
But things aren’t all sunshine and cappucinos for Helena. When Rojo, a ruthless crime boss, asks her to assassinate someone for him, the alien mobster called White Demon, she lands straight in the middle of a gang war she’ll need help to escape from.
I love coffee. I drink a lot of coffee, and I actually can’t write without it nowadays (as bad as that sounds). It is the fuel for the storytelling fire in my brain. When I read that article about coffee becoming scarce, my imagination automatically started wondering about a new prohibition era, and how wild it would be in a sci-fi world.
The city, the characters, everything is buzzing with life. It’s like a giant amusement arcade/carnival/funfair, and noisy as hell. I wanted to get across the wild energy I got from Fabian’s writing. I wanted to make sure I got the excitement I felt reading his scripts onto each page. So much damn fun.
Helena Crash: Fueled by Coffee will collect the first four-issue series. It is now available for pre-order and will go on sale in comic shops this Wednesday, November 29th.
It’ll arrive in book shops this December 19th, 2017. So no excuses not to get this as a Christmas gift for yourself or the contraband coffee drinker in your life.
Helena Crash: Fueled by Coffee
6-5/8” x 10-3/16”, 112pp., $15.99
Available December 19, 2017