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Early Review: Letter 44

letter 44 coverAt San Diego Comic-Con I picked up the early black and white limited edition copy of Charles Soule‘s new series Letter 44 from Oni Press. Going on sale in late October, the comic is so entertaining, I wanted to get out this early review in hopes you do yourself a favor and make sure to reserve a copy at your comic shop.

Letter 44 is a new sci-fi series that asks ‘How would people act when faced with a true threat?’ It begins with the newly inaugurated President Blades sitting down in the Oval Office, reading the letter left to him by the outgoing president. That letter is simply addressed to ’44’.

The contents of that letter? Seven years ago NASA discovered some sort of construction project out in the asteroid belt. No one on Earth knows what it is, and the outgoing President sent astronauts up there to investigate. As the story opens, they’re about 6 months away and about 150 million miles from Earth. As the group of intrepid astronauts venture forth to greet an extraterrestrial force, we are left to wonder if they’re friend or foe?

This is a story that Soule has been working on for several years. I read an early draft of the comic and met with the writer to talk about it as he was researching it during a trip to Washington, DC. The comic is fun for both fans of science fiction and politics mixing the two seamlessly into an interesting story that challenges us to think about the actions of our elected leaders.

Soule adds more than just sci-fi action as we also get a glimpse of the astronauts and a lot can happen during a space voyage, best to not spoil that part.

Soule’s writing is backed up by the artistic talent of Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque’s whose style adds to Soule’s writing. He’s got a good graspe of the grounded Earth based items as well as a sci-fi aspect for the team in space. It’s a good combination of writer and artist.

You’ve got a few months until you can get ahold of the first issue, but myself, I’m already drooling as I wait to read the second.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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