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review 2017-02-16 08:00
Letter 44: Vol. 1
Letter 44: Volume 1 - Charles Soule,Alberto Alburquerque,Guy Major,Dan Jackson

When newly elected President Blades entered office, he didn't think life would be easy. He didn't expect to learn about aliens, possibly/probably planning some kind of invasion, and a secret space mission to study the aliens.

This was surprisingly good. I was a bit skeptical, because lately I wasn't having to much luck with my comics, but this story really good capture my attention. It's part political intrigue and part space mission, and the latter was the most interesting one for me. The crew has been in space for several years and new problems have arisen. Not to mention the pregnancy of one of the crewmembers.

Maybe not the most original work out there, but I enjoyed myself a lot while reading it and I'm curious as to how this will continue.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-01-30 01:11
I don't know if I can wait for Volume 4!
Letter 44 Volume 3: Dark Matter - Charles Soule,Dan Jackson

Letter 44 was a relatively recent discovery for me. I first read about the series online, and after reading a few sample pages I was hooked. I ordered the first two volumes immediately, but I had to wait until now to get the third one, as it was only recently published.

 

For some time now I have been reading comic books in graphic novel format, waiting for the collections to come out before buying the extended story in one set. This is the first one that has given me cause to reconsider this approach. The story is extremely suspenseful, with Earth thrown into World War III as a result of President Blades's announcement that aliens have been seen in the asteroid belt and that his predecessor had launched an expedition to make contact with them. That the war has been instigated by his predecessor is one of the things that makes the story so engaging for me, with its mix of science fiction and politics making for an addictive mix for me. Ending it was tinged with the frustration of knowing that I would have to wait another year before seeing where Charles Soule and company would take this story next. I don't know if I will be able to make it that long!

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review 2014-10-07 15:06
Alien Conspiracy...
By Charles Soule Letter 44 Volume 1: Escape Velocity - Charles Soule

Well, there are aliens and a conspiracy to keep this knowledge secret.   There's also a top secret crew of scientists and military men who have gone up - seven of them - to see what's the what. 

 

I'm finishing up X-Files - and not enjoying the last season to be honest.   Maybe that's why I wasn't primed for this, not quite so much.   Maybe it should have primed me for this, as I was eh on the first couple seasons and loved the middle. 

 

Regardless, I found this wordy in a really, really bad way.   It was too much, and simplified, would have kept my interest more.   The real problem, though, was I didn't see enough originality to really keep me entertained.   

 

A miss from the current Oni Press Humble Bundle.   Still worth it for I Was the Cat and Courtney Crumin, but, meh...

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review 2014-08-02 00:00
Letter 44: Volume 1
Letter 44: Volume 1 - Charles Soule,Alberto Alburquerque,Guy Major,Dan Jackson 3.5 stars.
A good mix of space adventure and political intrigue. Solid start to the series.
Full review to follow.
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