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Captain Freedom - A Superhero’s Quest For Truth, Justice, And The Celebrity He So Richly Deserves

by Robert Newton
National Film Editor
Sunday Mar 1, 2009
Captain Freedom - A Superhero’s Quest For Truth, Justice, And The Celebrity He So Richly Deserves

G. Xavier Robillard's debut novel Captain Freedom is a lot like an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Not only is it consistently funny throughout, but it is packed with so many gags, riffs and rimshots that even if one bit doesn't make you chuckle, chances are the next one will. Robillard, the man behind the award-winnning website All Day Coffee (www.AllDayCoffee.net), tells the story of vainglorious do-gooder Captain Freedom as he struggles with his identity during battles with villains as straightforward as the giant barbarian Genghis Kong and as sideways-walking as corporate sponsors. If the book were a movie, it would be snarky like "The Specials" and confident like "The Incredibles." Of course, in the same way that "The Tick" did not translate well, neither would this, with its hilarious non-sequiturs and way-clever rants playing well only on the page and in-the-moment. Of course, that won't stop someone from trying to film the essentially unfilmable (see "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," or better yet, don't) -- leaving its fans grousing, as readers often do, "The book was better."

Robert Newton is the National Film Editor for EDGE. He is also Editor of North Shore Movies Weekly, and a film and TV writer for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites. He is also an award-winning novelty recording artist (aka "Fig"), and runs The Cape Ann Community Cinema on the island of Gloucester, MA.


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