Comic Review: The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo)

The American Way #4, from DC’s Vertigo, had great characters and action. Jumping in to read a series at issue #4 is like parachuting into unknown territory. You get the […]

The American Way #4, from DC’s Vertigo, had great characters and action.

Jumping in to read a series at issue #4 is like parachuting into unknown territory. You get the lay of the land as quickly as you can and go from there. So I did. This comic story arc, For Those Above and Those Below, is written by John Ridley, pencils by Georges Jeanty, inks John Livesay, colors by Nick Filardi.

As I get my bearings, I can tell you what I know so far about this sequel to the original series, released about a decade ago: Jason Fisher has a rocket pack, allowing him to fly. He is looking for Amber, a friend, and anarchist. She’s on the run and attracting interest from various levels of government. Heavy interest, in fact. Amber can’t trust many people, but maybe she will trust Jason. He’s also being watched by the government. In fact, he has been asked to find Amber BY the government. It’s all a paranoid trip into a possible future, where superheroes are distrusted.

There’s a lot more going on, too, but that will get you started.

I really liked The American Way, even from reading just one issue. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue is rich and ‘real’. There are enough dramatic threads weaving throughout the narrative to hook in the reader. The art is fine too, each panel is well laid out and easy to follow.

You should pick up this issue of The American Way, and get airborne!

DC Vertigo Comics, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Mature readers

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!