Letter 44 #4 (Oni Press)

Letter 44-4

Rating: 3.5/5 – A realistic take on “first contact”.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.

After 3 issues of buildup, Letter 44 #4 finally offers payoff. Granted, not much of it, but enough to get a taste of where the series is headed. We finally get a glimpse of the aliens and needless to say- it is mind-blowing! I can certainly say I did not see that coming… the creative choice to keep readers in the dark for so long was a good one, since it added to the sense of realism the series is successfully conveying.

The story itself is pretty decent, told well with a nice mystery vibe going on. It keeps the reader guessing and does a good job at toggling multiple storylines at once without getting all messed up and confused. The interactions between the characters are very unique and entertaining due to the environment they are in. My only real gripe with the story is that I’m starting to feel the president’s storyline is getting a bit dragged out and it’s beginning to bore me.

The artwork by Alberto Alburquerque is a bit funky sometimes, but he makes up for it with exiting and rich visual designs. The different locations in which the story takes place are drawn beautifully and the art matches the tone set by the story. The last page of the comic is eye-candy.

Letter 44 is a great “first contact” series. It takes its time and leaves a lot to the imagination without revealing too much information, just enough to keep the reader satisfied. It’s a realistic take on first contact and offers a great deal suspense.

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
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3 Responses to Letter 44 #4 (Oni Press)

  1. Been holding back on reading it for some reason. I suppose I should start. 🙂

  2. It’s one of the coolest sounding titles, don’t you think? Do readers already know what Letter 44 is?

    • Yes. Not a spoiler, it’s right up front in issue #1. Each President writes a letter to the next one passing on some info as they come into office. This is the 44th of these….

      New President Stephen Blades gets a letter from the outgoing President about an extraterrestrial presence that was detected building something in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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