3 reasons why Letter 44 f'n rocks.
A few months back, I got my hands on Letter 44
#1, a political sci-fi thriller, and for the next few months, I was angry. I was angry because we weren’t getting review copies from Oni
& I kept forgetting about it when I went to my local comic book store, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
. So last week, I bought the issues I was missing, and was not only NOT disappointed, I was literally taking the comic and banging it on my head, saying “This. Is. So. Good!” I mean, this is why I buy comics. I’m not saying it’s the best thing on the market, I’m just saying I loved it, and I’ll give you 3 reasons why.
First of all, it’s smart. Issue #2 took the reader through a logical thought process of a high-ranking government consultant, advising the President on the nature of the proximity and presence of an unknown species just hanging out in space. Since it seems they are observing us, what does that mean? What would their intentions be? What possible conclusions can be drawn? I felt smarter just reading it. Not sure if it took, but y’know. It’s cool.
Secondly, the art. Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque not only tests my name spelling limits, but also the boundaries of the status quo. It’s not exactly like artists Matteo Scalera and Dean White’s Black Science, it’s a little more glossy and less gritty, but it’s still damn pretty. Dan Jackson’s colors are rich, but you wouldn’t really pay all that much attention until the end of issue #4. Maybe I’m just eccentric, but my jaw dropped at the end of that issue, I couldn’t believe what they just stepped into; it was an entire landscape filled with outlandish creatures. Such a pretty panel. It was of course a cliff-hanger that I had to sit on for a few days until issue #5 came out.
When issue #5 came out, I knew this series would just keep on keeping on as far as quality and depth, which is the third reason why I’m really digging this comic. I appreciate some of the things writer Charles Soule is doing in this issue. President Blades is becoming such a cool character. Leave it to fiction to be the only way to respect a politician. Presi Blades doesn’t even kill off or fire Mitchner, his chief of staff whom he knows secretly betrayed him. He just sent him on a pointless, long mission. Tact. The man showed tact, which is a nice thing to see when it’s not in a boy scout super-hero package.
Soule, an attorney, really has only surfaced as a comic book writer in 2013, but he’s taking on Inhumans, Swamp Thing, Thunderbolts and more. No doubt the comic industry seems to be realizing this man’s talent. But can I just say that Oni surprised the hell out of me with this comic? Honestly, I wasn’t paying them all that much attention, but now I started looking into them and I didn’t realize how much great stuff they have going on. I went and read their new series The Auter and they really are living up to their slogan, “Revolutionize Comics.” It was weird, scary, colorful, funny, and captivating. To be honest, had I years upon years of childhood comic reading, I may have already known this about Oni. But as an adult, it’s way cooler to find out what Oni is doing differently. Needless to say, I won’t be ignoring them anymore.
I highly suggest buying at least issue #1.