Letter 44 (2013 series) #01-7 [SET] — Volume 01: Escape Velocity

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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.

On This planet, at least...

 

 

Collecting issues #1-7. 

 

 

Letter 44 (2013 series) #1
By Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque. 
“Escape Velocity” pt 1 (of 6)
There's something up there. As newly elected President Stephen Blades reads the letter left for him in the Oval Office by his predecessor, he learns this stunning secret: seven years earlier, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. A crew of heroic astronauts was sent to investigate, and they're nearing the conclusion of their epic journey. Don't miss the first chapter in this thrilling tale of real-world space travel, intrigue, and secret histories!
Letter 44 (2013 series) #2
By Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque. 
“Escape Velocity” pt 2 (of 6)
A hundred million miles from home, trapped in a ship without power, the crew of the Clarke battles to repair their vessel before they run out of oxygen. Meanwhile, on Earth, President Blades tours Project Monolith, a secret research facility tasked to develop super-weapons to defeat an expected alien invasion.
Letter 44 (2013 series) #3
By Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque. 
“Escape Velocity” pt 3 (of 6)
How do astronauts have sex in space? Relationships among the Clarke crew are explored, while a signal from a mysterious asteroid provides clues to the nature of the alien presence in Earth's solar system. On Earth, intrigue deepens as one of President Blades' closest advisors suffers a savage attack!
Letter 44 (2013 series) #4
By Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque. 
“Escape Velocity” pt 4 (of 6)
The crew of the Clarke has their first real encounter with the alien technology being built in the asteroid belt, while back on Earth, President Blades discovers the truth behind the brutal attack on his closest advisor, and unseen forces continue to move against him.
Letter 44 (2013 series) #5
By Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque. 
“Escape Velocity” pt 5 (of 6)
An expedition to explore an alien artifact turns into a desperate fight for survival; and President Blades orders a special forces team to take down the most unlikely target imaginable.
Letter 44 (2013 series) #6
By Charles Soule & Alberto Jimenez Albuquerque. 
“Escape Velocity” pt 6 (of 6)
The first arc of Letter 44 comes to a close: new life arrives in deep space, the crew of the Clarke learn important truths about the reason the aliens have come to our solar system, and President Blades teaches his enemies what it truly means to go up against the President of the United States.
Letter 44 (2013 series) #7
By Charles Soule & Joelle Jones. 
“Flashback I"
A Special one-shot issue illustrated by Helheim's Joelle Jones! Before she led the crew of the Clarke, Charlotte Hayden was a celebrated anthropologist and physicist. What made her decide to leave life on earth behind - possibly forever? Plus, the first appearance of the mission's most mysterious astronaut - Rowan - scheming jerk that he is.