Letter 44 (Volume 1: Escape Velocity) – Charles Soule, Alberto Alburquerque
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. More graphic designed than illustrated. And the foil and varnish effects on it make it a real gem to behold.
Then there was the interior. Alberto Alburquerque’s art is certainly up to par. No complaints there. It’s solid and well suited to the story. And it’s the story that’s really worth discussing.
If you like your sci-fi with a side order of political machinations, you will dig this. (If I was to draw a lazy parallel to current television shows, think Ascension and House of Cards.) The characters and setting are a thinly veiled reference to the past and current U.S. presidents. But it goes well beyond that.
The Clarke, (which I gather is named after Arthur C. Clarke) is a ship that was sent out 3 years earlier to reconnoitre an anomaly NASA discovered in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Namely what appears to be an alien mining operation. The incoming president discovers that a crew made up of a mix of 9 scientists and special forces troops, are on what is essentially a one way mission against what might well be an existential threat to the Earth. The outgoing president we learn, essentially got the country embroiled in wars the world over to have as many combat experienced troops as possible, should the worst happen.
This is a series on my to read right now list. Don’t wait for the trade paperbacks to come out, but grab each issue as it comes out. I liked it that much.