Probably no one is going to tell you that Dave Gibbons isn’t a fabulous artist, but most people think his magnum opus is Watchmen, when, for my money, you just can’t beat his and Frank Miller’s absurd reworking of Atlas Shrugged as an SF satire, Martha Washington. Let me be clear: I hate Ayn Rand. She was an idiot and she’s done irreparable harm to American conservatism. But her shitty novels make great sci-fi as long as you pull all the forced speeches and goofy straw-man caricatures out of them, and Miller, for all his quirks, is a pretty astute satirist.

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