American Terror: Confession of a Human Smart Bomb
Art by Jeff McComsey
Printed by Alterna Comics
This is an interesting comic book that takes place before world war three when everything is up for grabs. Power, wealth, control, all of it is in the hands of a few people, while everyone else scratches out a meager existence in a nicely pre apocalyptic earth. Bring in Victor Sheppard, a walking talking one man destruction machine and in the opening sequence of the comic book he takes out a room full of people, as well as a couple of people who were running late. Grenades, explosions, shotguns, and machine guns, Victor has a couple of issues that he needs to resolve. The pre apocalyptic world is really one where might makes right, and just because you have something today does not mean that a walking talking harbinger of destruction will not show up to your party and pretty much so trash the place.
We start off with Victor sitting in a coffee shop in the post apocalyptic world realizing that just about everyone he knows is dead. They are all dead by working on the projects that bring death desecration and ruin to the people that he stops by to visit. He is an old man, who is fleeing into the memory and images of the past, a past that he misses because he felt that he was alive and valued in that past. As he realizes just how alone he really is, we also get a number of awesome flash backs to him being a force for destruction. It does not matter if the modern world is a better place, it is that there is little room for a man of his talents when everyone has enough to eat, enough to drink, and few reasons to rebel because the stomach is empty and life is generally a struggle just to eat for the day. The new age of peace means that there is little to no room for a guy whose primary talent is killing people to steal important stuff from them. Like many old men, he feels that it is time to tell his story, time to open up the past; the question is in an age of prosperity will anyone even care about the sins of the past?
This is a really interesting comic book, and rating this one four of five stars. The only reason to take it down a notch is that it is in black and white, and it is harder to read the text in the boxes at times. Otherwise this is a pretty boss comic book that is well worth hunting down and reading digitally. Right now you can find it on Comixology, both as a paid version and as a free preview of the series. There is a lot of good action packed violence in this, as we touch upon the past, but there is little said about the new world that Victor finds himself in. Well worth hunting down and reading online, it will at least keep you interested with some serious mayhem and violence.