Hard Boiled Story:
The book is Miller’s very loose interpretation of Philip K. Dick’s The Electric Ant, but tinged with Miller’s brand of satire and violence. The somewhat minimal plot revolves round a tax collector who discovers he is a robot and sets out to find answers. This story essentially provides a showcase for Darrow’s incredibly intricate artwork. Miller’s usual trademark of dark, emotionally complex characters in pathos is still slightly present but takes a back seat to the gory splash pages. One of the series’ oddest aspects is that nearly all blood is inked in black, perhaps to reduce the shock of the violence.