Saturday, April 08, 2017
The Last American
Accompanied only by three robot companions, Pilgrim is the last man alive, brooding over the horror of it all. America has gone and his purpose—to restore order if chaos reigns or exact retribution should there be an enemy in control when he awakens—has gone with it. America is invoked through songs, from “New York, New York” juxtaposed against the desolation Pilgrim finds to George Washington rapping about democracy, but this really is twilight’s last gleaming and every hope he has that others have survived is dashed.
The Last American was one of the last collaborations of the John Wagner / Alan Grant writing team, which was tearing itself apart by the tail end of the Reagan era. So, too, was America’s great enemy Russia. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and 1991 saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Cold War was over and national pride at its height, leaving The Last American in its dust and uncollected until Com.x published a trade paperback edition in 2004, shortly that company, too, imploded.
With Putin’s Russia reclaiming its place in world politics and Donald Trump as America’s 45th President, the Doomsday Clock ticks ever closer to midnight. Perhaps these inspired but particularly bleak outpourings on the futility of war are due to find an audience this time round.
The Last American. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781-08544-8, 11 April 2017, 144 pages, £17.99 / $24. Available from Amazon.