Sunday, April 24, 2016

Why Letter 44?

I love political science fiction. Transmetropolitan, Battlestar Galactica--William Gibson’s work—any science fiction that seems like it might happen five minutes from now.

That’s why I dig Letter 44—the Oni Press series written by Charles Soule and drawn by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque. It’s about the 44th President of the United States, Stephen Blades, who finds out on his inauguration day that there are aliens in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Blades reads the letter from his predecessor, Francis Carroll, claiming that the reason there were a housing bubble, a recession, and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was that there was something being built in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Carroll justified the reason for the build-up was to finance a one-way trip up to the belt headed by a civilian/military astronaut task force to see what the “Builders” are up to.

I’ll spare you rest of the summary, but I love this series. It’s probably one of my favorite creator-owned series running. I’ve been devouring Soule’s work over the course of the last two years and he’s been a pretty big inspiration to me to start putting my best foot forward when it comes to writing comics. He’s one of the reasons why I’m here at Thought Balloons, so thanks for having me. Soule’s tagline for the series is “House of Cards meets 2001.”

And while I don’t expect you to use the characters from the series if you’re not familiar with the book, I was thinking it would be a good use of our collective creative muscles to turn our eye towards that logline and interpret and create our own West Wing, or House of Cards, or The Thick of It meets 2001, Alien, or melon-farming Interstellar, (which I just saw last week and oh god. To say the least, I prefer this series.)

As always feel free to leave a comment with your take on the series and have fun with it!

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