Written by: Charles Soule Art by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque Pencils by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque Inks by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

On Inauguration Day, newly elected President Stephen Blades hoped to tackle the most critical issues facing the nation: war, the economy, and a failing health care system. But in a letter penned by the outgoing President, Blades learns the truth that redefines critical : seven years ago, NASA discovered alien presence in the asteroid belt, and kept it a secret from the world. A stealth mission crewed by nine astronauts was sent to make contact, and they’re getting close – assuming they survive the long journey to reach their destination.

Today, President-elect Blades has become the most powerful man on the planet. This planet.

Collects Letter 44 #1-6

Letter 44 v01 – Escape Velocity (2014) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr
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Written by: Charles Soule Art by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque Pencils by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque Inks by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

Sixth months into his first term, President Stephen Blades is attempting to salvage his administration from the revelation he received on his Inauguration Day–an alien presence is building something in the asteroid belt, and the previous president covered it up while sending a manned mission aboard a ship names the Clarke to investigate.Blades has a plan to end the Middle Eastern wars begun by his predecessor, and to start preparing American for the truth about what’s coming… but he’s facing serious threats from within his own government and a new, mysterious danger from abroad. Meanwhile, the brave astronauts of the Clarke finally meet the aliens… but what they learn seems likely to doom the Earth.

Collects Letter 44 #8 through #13.

Letter 44 v02 – Redshift (2015) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr
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Written by: Charles Soule Art by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

WORLD WAR THREE. The presence of alien life has been revealed to the people of Earth, and all hell has broken loose. A battle rages for control of the planet, between a US-led coalition of nations and a second group secretly controlled by ex-President Francis Carroll. Meanwhile, Earth’s only contact with the aliens–the brave crew of the Clarke–has been kept in the dark about the E.T’s intentions and prevented from contacting home. When they discover a massive threat headed straight for earth, all their efforts must turn to convincing the aliens to use their advanced technology to save us.

Collects Letter 44 #’s 14-20.

Letter 44 v03 – Dark Matter (2016) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr
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Written by: Charles Soule Art by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque Cover by: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

Major Gabriel Drum has returned to Earth. Thought long-dead, he brings news of the apocalyptic variety: only 666 people will survive the destruction of Earth, and President Stephen Blades is tasked with choosing them. Meanwhile, the Builders teleport the crew of the Clarke back outside the asteroid belt—everyone but Astra. The crew faces a tough choice—try to get home with their dwindling fuel, or use it in a last-ditch effort to save Astra?

Letter 44 v04 – Saviors (2017) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr
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Written by: Charles Soule Pencils by: Langdon Foss, Alise Gluskova, Joelle Jones, Ryan Kelly, Drew Moss Inks by: Langdon Foss, Alise Gluskova, Joelle Jones, Ryan Kelly, Drew Moss Cover by: Langdon Foss, Alise Gluskova, Joelle Jones, Ryan Kelly, Drew Moss

The crew of the Clarke may just be humanity’s last hope. Sent to investigate an alien construction in the asteroid belt, they’re hoping to make discoveries, establish first contact, and — though it’s a long shot — stay alive for as long as they can.

They all came aboard knowing it would be a one-way trip. So what propelled them to sign up? For some, it was a choice. For others, it was a chance. Learn the extraordinary story about how the crew of the Clarke came together, featuring one-shots by guest artists Joëlle Jones, Drew Moss, Ryan Kelly, and Alise Gluškova, as well as the origins of the mysterious Builders, from guest artist Langdon Foss.

Letter 44 v05 – Blueshift (2017) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr
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