American Terror, Confession of a Human Smart Bomb is old school socio-political science fiction reminiscent of classic novels like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. This title takes place in a near future of peace, prosperity and equality, a new society after a third-world revolutionary war that has “set things straight”. This new world wouldn’t exist though if not for the actions of our protagonist, Victor Sheppard and his brothers in arms. In Sheppard’s spilling of his guts, he relives how he and his people changed the world through horrific actions.
In American Terror, writers Jeff McComsey and James Cooper write big science fiction ideas from the perspective of individuals which allows for a personal and empathetic tone. They convey tough personal choices that are obviously leading much bigger and impactful and impending consequences. This is particularly important because it all comes form the perspective of a character that has obviously survived the tragedy if scarred.
Following up on his writing duties, Jeff McComsey also takes on art with a dark, grayscale, crunchy style that is unconventional but highly fitting for this often dire book. McComsey uses page and panel layout to present violence in a flashy but often tragic way. He’s obviously given the graphic design elements of comic book storytelling some deep thought and this definitely comes through his images. McComsey also delivers efficient art by only drawing detailed background when it will have an impact on the emotion of the panels.
American Terror, Confession of a Human Smart Bomb has only seen 2 oversized issues but finishing up the story could go a long way to bring the book full circle.