Shortly after the release and posting of my collaboration
with Patton Oswalt "Faster, Empire. Strike! Strike!", we began discussing
another commission. A few ideas were tossed out there, which we
plan on possibly doing in the future. I knew Patton and I had a shared love
of the classic film The Road Warrior so when I pitched him this idea he
Setting: In the arid lawless post
apocalyptic wasteland wild bands of outlaws and bandits runs wild trying
to squeeze every last drop of fuel from the last remaining settlements
that have banded together to try and eke out an existence.
One lone man in the desolate landscape exists between
these two divisions of outlaws and bandits. He makes his living smuggling fuel between
various groups and factions then selling his cargo to the highest
Hal makes his
way across the lone empty roads in his heavily modified supped up muscle
car that he uses to smuggle fuel and evade the bandits.
During one of Hal's smuggle runs
he is attacked by members of the most powerful group of bandits known as
the Imperiad, part biker gang and part marauding high way pirates.
There riders are numerous and they spread out across the badlands causing
havoc and plundering in packs.
This particular gang of outlaws is
being lead by one of the Imperiad's most psychotic members, a biker known
only as Fez. He does not say much, but he speaks volumes with the
violence he unleashes.
During his pursuit and fight with
the gang members, Hal is helped by a small wildling primitive child, who
live in the wild in a savage state. The child creates a connection
with Hal who follows the smuggler from a distance.
After evading and destroying part
of the gang of marauders, Hal begins to scrounge through the wreckage of
a large truck owned by the gang. He destroys the truck looking to salvage anything of value. Tied up on
the back of the truck he finds an
panicking odd fellow struggling to get free going on and on about his
little friend. He claims his friend contains a new formula for
Cptn.'s little friend was his
homemade flying contraption called a Gyrocopter or GY-RO for short, that
was harnessed to the trailer. The gang had taken Cptn. and the copter
as a prize for their leader. The engine runs on a new type of
synthetic fuel that can be made and not harnessed from the ground and
refined. Hal fixes the trailer to his car and realizing he
has something of value in the two. Hal took them towards a small settlement
with hopes to barter them.
On the way to the settlement Hal
comes across a naive farm boy on the outskirts of the settlement who
takes Hal, the wildling, the Cptn, and the Gyro inside the makeshift
colony. He is brimming with a wide-eyed sense of adventure and
enthusiasm that is uncharacteristic in this harsh and unforgiving
The settlement actually has a small refinery and they are extracting raw
crude from the soil The collective is lead by a grizzled old
hermit. He wants to quickly move the strangers along fearful of a
reprisal from the Imperiad gang. He has tangled with the group in
the past. There have long been rumors of a mysterious past and
previous encounters between Obbawanno and the Imperiad leader.
Amongst the settlements there are many
makeshift soldiers, one of them stands out. She is by all practical
purposes the day to day leader of the village who carries out the
suggestions and advice of Obbawanno. She is a charismatic and has
caught the eye of both Hal and the farm boy. But, she is a
strong and a deadly warrior, who has little time for the daydreams of the
village youth or the advances of a scoundrel with no sense of allegiance
Hal leaves the village with the
fuel he exchanged for Cptn. & his GY-RO. Eventually, Obawanno's
fears are realized when the Imperiad arrives in force lead by the
enormous tyrant Darvantuan. He has brought his lieutenant Fez
and their legion of troopers. The gang lays siege to the
small outpost. Darvantuan is obsessed with getting revenge and this new
fuel he had been told about. In the battle many of the gang
and the villagers die. Obbawanno is killed when facing off against
Davantuan alone. In the chaos of the battle Hal returns as the
farm boy ignites the fuel reserves. He helps what villagers
remain and Cptn. escapes in the confusion of the burning refinery.