In addition to a brand-new Fighting American mini-series coming out this March, Titan Comics is launching another book, Factory, by Yacine "Elgo" Elghorri — and this one could have even more relevance in modern times. Described as Mad Max meets Fallout, the solicit reveals that Factory is set in a harsh dystopian wasteland where mutants "slog through the harsh deserts" in search of a place called "the factory," the last semblance of human civilization.
Though we're sure that the creators were thinking of this in terms of a science-fiction story rather than a documentary, especially since it was originally published in France back in 2006 and Titan is just now publishing the English translation through their Statix Press imprint, we were so struck by the description's similarity to what the United States will probably look like after the new Republican tax plan, which gives huge tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, is passed and signed into law. For more on this, we spoke to world-renowned economist and definitely real person, Professor Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms.
"Oh, yes, the transfer of wealth to the richest 1% of people which has been happening for decades could very well result in the exact type of wasteland you describe," Professor Puffinbottoms agreed. "Though the tax plan offers short term cuts for most Americans, many of those will eventually expire, and it's the wealthiest who benefit the most from changes like doubling the minimum threshold of the estate tax so that rich people can pass on up to $22 million tax-free and slashing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%."
"Though poorer Americans would see a short term benefit, these tax breaks for the rich and corporations will add more than a trillion dollars to the national debt, and the top 1% will continue to hold proportionally more of the wealth," Puffinbottoms continued. "Some economists estimate that by 2025, more than 40% of poor Americans could be mutants, and the middle class will no longer exist both due to the wealth disparity and due to being eaten by mutants. At that point, the last vestige of civilization would be 'the factory,' or corporate-owned enclaves where poor humans and mutants alike perform hard labor as wage slaves."
Sounds like a capitalist paradise.
"The only hope humanity has left," Puffinbottoms offered, "is that the Marxist propaganda hidden in all of our entertainment, mainstream media, and comic book websites accomplishes its mission of tricking everyone into joining Antifa, overthrowing the government, and instituting mandatory abortions and gay marriage."
Professor, are you sure you should be revealing our plans like that? What if someone from the other side is reading this?
"Everyone has already skipped to the comments to post angrily about the headline," the professor wisely predicted.
Check out the solicit and Simon Bisley cover for Factory #1 below, and look for the comic in stores March 21st.
(W) Yacine Elghorri (A) Yacine Elghorri (CA) Simon Bisley
Mad Max meets Fallout in the nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet!
From Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator – Yacine "Elgo" Elghorri!
A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of the factory – The last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland.
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018