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Volume 1, Escape Velocity

Graphic Novel - 2014-2015
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"On his first day in office, newly-elected President Stephen Blades was expecting to dive into the various critical issues facing the nation: war, looming economic collapse, and a failing health care system - a typical Presidency, in other words. But by the end of that first day, Blades has learned a single truth that redefines "critical": seven years prior, NASA discovered a potentially aggressive alien presence in the asteroid belt, and his predecessor Commander-in-Chief decided to keep it a secret from the world. A mission crewed by nine heroic astronauts was sent to discover what's actually up there, and they're getting close to learning the truth - assuming their increasingly damaged and frail ship, the Clarke, can hold itself together long enough to reach their destination. Stephen Blades has just become the most powerful man on the planet. This planet."--Back cover.
Publisher: Portland, OR : Oni Press, 2014-<2015>
ISBN: 9781620101339
Branch Call Number: GN F LET v.1
Characteristics: volumes : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Letter forty-four
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May 28, 2015

NASA found extraterrestrial life in our solar system seven years ago. A crewed ship was sent to make contact, and they're almost there. Jack Blades is the new President of the United States, and he's finding out about it now.

It's a little slow to get going since the reader is getting brought up to speed along with the President, but by mid-way through the volume I was hooked. The dynamics of the crew (who have been in space for a looong time) plus the political maneuverings around the President as he struggles to deal with this situation... and then towards the end, the first contact looming large... goosebumps! And I can't stop looking at how Alburquerque draws faces. Absolutely no chance here of mistaking any character for any other character (like with some artists), and the range and subtlety of emotion is fascinating.

My only issue with this book is who dies first. I don't want to spoil! But I am desperate to have a conversation about this with someone who has read it, because I had an epic eyeroll reaction. I hope the story will take a less overdone path with any further character deaths.


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