Exclusive First Look | ‘American Way: Those Above and Those Below’ # 1

Over ten years ago, American Crime creator John Ridley and artist Georges Jeanty collaborated on The American Way, an alternate universe story that introduced Jason Fisher, a.k.a. the New American; the first ever African-American superhero in a world where only white heroes and villains previously existed. As Jason faced the racisim of the era, his team was split into two and it nearly led to nuclear destruction.

Now, Ridley and Jeanty are reteaming for a sequel miniseres entitled American Way: Those Above and Those Below. CraveOnline is proud to exclusively reveal the cover for American Way: Those Above and Those Below # 1, which features a close up of Jason in costume.

The American Way 1

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American Way: Those Above and Those Below will be a six issue miniseries that will begin this summer. Here’s the official description of the first issue from Vertigo Comics:

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?

This sequel to the hit miniseries by the original team of writer John Ridley (Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and creator of TV’s American Crime) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse) moves the story forward in history, factoring in how real-life events might be affected by the presence of superheroes, and how those events change the heroes in turn.

American Way: Those Above and Those Below # 1 will be released on Wednesday, July 5 in comic book stores everywhere.

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Photo Credit: Vertigo Comics