The fourth issue of American Way: Those Above and Those Below, the sequel to the hit miniseries by the original team of writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse) releases tomorrow and Screen Rant has the exclusive preview.
In American Way: Those Above and Those Below #4, Civil unrest intensifies following the radical anti-establishment violence and the attempted assassination of Missy Devereaux. Jason is pushed to balance his allegiances and assess his priorities as he tracks Missy’s superhuman assailant and federal authorities hone in on Amber’s cell. Radically unafraid of the looming threat, Amber’s commitment to the cause inches closer to a death wish—and a devastating betrayal may grant it.
This new series, debuting over a decade after The American Way was released by Wildstorm by Ridley and Jeanty, picks up after a similar time gap. Where the original was set in the '60s, Those Above and Those Below takes place in the '70s and takes a deep dive into how real-life events might be affected by the presence of superheroes, and how those events change the heroes in turn. And it couldn't be more relevant now given the current political climate and racial issues present in America.
Check out the exclusive pages below with art by Paul Neary and Georges Jeanty (they did the cover as well). Issue #4 is 32 pages long and retails for $3.99 on November 15, 2017.
It's been a decade since the Civil Defense Corps was exposed as a fraud created by the U.S. Government for propaganda purposes. While most of the heroes who survived the catastrophe have retired or disappeared, the New American still carries on, trying to keep communities safe amid the social turmoil of the 1970s. But with the nation split in two over civil rights and the changing political landscape, this isn't easy. Some of the American's former colleagues are on opposite sides of the law: Amber Waves joined a group of domestic terrorists, while Missy, a.k.a. Ole Miss, has thrown her hat into the political ring. As the ground shifts beneath his feet and new threats arise, which side will the American choose?