The Atomic Society of Justice (3 stars)

John Miller's episodic one-off tribute to the 1940s ‘Golden Age’ of comics

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The Atomic Society of Justice

(Small Press)

In comic geek speak, the ‘Golden Age’ means the 1940s, and the advent of the superhero era from DC and Marvel. Set in 1942, this episodic one-off tribute comes from prolific Scots small press creator John Miller. As is typical of his work, it appears made up as it goes along with its burst of frantic invention, involving nuclear-powered superheroes and atomic ‘Commie super-agents’. And yes, we know the atom bomb wasn’t invented until 1945: Miller’s stories throw internal logic to the wind, and his readers will either appreciate that or not.

Miller’s own intensely stylised pages certainly look good, containing more painstakingly rendered lettering than actual image and at one point manage to cram in 13 panels in an almost avant-garde approach to comics composition. Meanwhile, Rob Miller’s art is more traditional, but the words lend a strange, psychedelic, distinctly Scottish air to the whole strip.

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