Writer Charles Soule isn't doing anything fresh with Letter 44 so why does it feel so new? Because he's doing thoughtful science fiction in an era where thoughtful science fiction isn't mainstream anymore. 44 feels like it could have been a movie–or TV mini-series–from the seventies and no one would have questioned it.
The setup is simple. The new President finds out about an alien device in the asteroid belt. The story goes between him processing and reacting to this information and the crew aboard the vessel sent to investigate. I'd say, if it were a seventies movie, Burt Lancaster would be the president but he was a fit guy so I'll be the would have wanted to be on the space ship.
It's engaging stuff throughout and Soule doesn't shy away from being overly intelligent.
Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque's art is fine.
44's successful so far.
Writer, Charles Soule; penciller, Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque; colorist, Guy Major; letterer, Shawn DePasquale; editor, Jill Beaton; publisher, Oni Press.