Federal Way residents Johnny Adams and his wife, Heather Nixon, were throwing comic book character ideas back and forth at one another one day, and the process began to consume Adam’s every thought.
So, on Christmas of 2016, Adams could not take it anymore. He went into the couple’s office in their home and began drawing the characters’ ideas that hijacked his every thought.
When Adams was 18, he wrote and illustrated his first comic book. Decades later, inspired by the goings on of the presidential election and current political climate, Adams decided it was time for a different kind of comic book. With Nixon and Javiar Palomo handling most of the writing, the three published “The Liberty Force” earlier this summer.
Adam’s said his hope with the comic book is that it will spread the message and ideology of liberty through a medium he has been passionate about since he was a youth.
“We wanted to find a way we could spread liberty to people,” Adams said. “We didn’t just want a comic book with superheroes. We wanted to incorporate the message of liberty in a way people can understand what it is in an entertaining way.”
Adams began doodling character ideas over a year ago. The three heroes in the book, “Johnny Atoms,” “Curt Nebulon” and “Heather Neyxon,” are based on Adams, Nixon and Palomo.
The three draw their super powers from an energy source called “The Liberty Force.” Through it, Atoms, the trio’s pilot, possesses the powers of propulsion, superhuman strength and durability.
Nebulon, the crew’s engineer, has super speed, sound manipulation and sound generation. He is the group’s engineer, mechanic and navigator.
Neyxon is the trio’s communications officer and “voice of reason.” She possesses a number of psychic and telepathic abilities, in addition to being well trained in hand-to-hand combat and dual firearms.
“The comic book is a mirror of the progression of how we came to think politically,” Nixon said. “So, through and through, the characters are based on us, and it’s about how they handle what’s going on in their world.”
The premise of the comic book is the three central characters are all members of an intergalactic military, and they serve their home called “The State.”
The State imposes an overly aggressive tax on its citizens, who become taxed to the point that they are losing all of their hard-earned money to The State’s rule.
The three heroes do not agree with how things are run within this fictional society, so they rebel in order to do what they feel is right.
“The State is robbing people to the point that they claim ownership to the people’s ownings and findings, ” Adams said of the premise.
The three then embark on a mission where they discover a computer with all sorts of historical information and realize people should not be living the way they are under The State’s governance.
It is also where the heroes find “The Liberty Force,” which gives them their powers once they realize and accept the true meanings of liberty.
Adams’ inspiration for incorporating libertarian ideals into a comic book came after reading Jeff Smith’s “Bone” comic book series.
He said the way Smith drew and was able to convey a story inspired him to not only explore more comics but also made him believe he could make a comic of his own.
Adams designed the artwork for “The Liberty Force” similar to Smith’s style featured in “Bones.”
“I wanted it to be light hearted, so it didn’t come across so serious,” Adams said. “I want kids to be able to read it. I would say it’s for teens, but it’s very clean.”
Once Adams designed the characters, Nixon handled the writing while Palomo edited each draft.
The three published the completed book after seven months of work on the final draft.
Despite a regular day job, Adams spent most of his weekends over the last six months working on the comic.
The goal with “The Liberty Force” is to provide a different medium for people to express themselves about the current political climate.
“[Politics] are just so negative right now,” Nixon said. “People are just shutting it off. If we can bring these ideas to people in a fun way, it might get them thinking.”
Ideas for creating “The Liberty Force were driving Adams insane in 2016.
While nagging ideas prompted Adams to create “The Liberty Force,” he is now being plagued by new thoughts and ideas.
Adams is currently working on drawings the comics’ second issue. He anticipates it should be complete by early 2018. In between, he is creating small monthly web comics where readers can keep up with The Liberty Force.
“We’ve been very fortunate,” Adams said. “We’ve had great friends and support with this. People are out there pushing this comic book. Like any project, it takes time to get the ball moving. We’ve sold like 300 copies, so this is going really well.”
For more information about The Liberty Force comic series, go to www.libertyforcecomic.com.