Jan’s Atomic Heart
Posted by Andrew Coulon on December 23, 2009
Science fiction fans know that the genre has a keen sense for social commentary by repackaging contemporary issues into futuristic operas involving robots, space travel and to some extent real science. With those expectations in mind, Simon Roy’s Jan’s Atomic Heart doesn’t disappoint. In this comic, Jan awakens after a car accident to find himself with a robot body in a futuristic (though thoroughly bombed out) Frankfurt. With news reports of suicide bombers trickling in, it doesn’t take Jan long to realize that his recycled body matches the model of the suicide bombers and that he in fact has a bomb where his heart should be. Jan’s not a terrorist though and he turns to friends to help him solve this frightening dilemma. Simon Roy’s artwork is outstanding and I can’t recommend this highly enough.