The book apparently uses the "Wake Up" story from Daredevil as a sort of springboard, imaginging what the child character from that story might do after Daredevil's death. I haven't read "Wake Up" nor have I read Without Fear, so I can't comment on how far removed Frazer's story is from the original. He assured me, though, that he's had three copyright experts examine his comic, and they all say he's not treading on Marvel's intellectual property here. He also notes that it's actually a literature review of a comic, not a comic itself.
The more I think about this book, the more interesting it becomes to me. There have been children I know who seemed to have some degree of autism, and most everyone I knew agreed they were "on the spectrum" but I don't think most of us really understands what the really means. We're largely making mental references to pop culture (most notably Rain Man in addition to the two shows mentioned earlier) and not actually well-versed on what autism really is. And while Frazer's book is another piece of pop culture when you get down to it, I know Frazer well enough to know that he's deeply sincere about autism awareness and advocacy; I'm confident he's not going to throw out trite characterizations for the sake of a punching up the story a bit. I have no question in my mind that he's really trying to bring more attention to the topic and that this will be more approachable and interesting than a dry textbook type reading of autism.
You can order the book through Frazer himself, but if you want to take a closer look in person first, he'll be at the following conventions:
- Ithacon 39
- Cripping the Comicon
- UB's 3rd Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium
- Rochester Comic Con and SuperFan Expo
For more information about Frazer and the book, including more artwork, check out the Without Fear Facebook page.