Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime) will be writing The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, teaming up with Georges Jeanty on art for a six issue series to be published by Vertigo this summer.
This is a sequel to The American Way upon the original series’ 10th anniversary, and like its forerunner, will “explore historically significant sociopolitical and racial themes still relevant today”. The story is set in 1972, a year full of social developments and political unrest, including Richard Nixon, Angela Davis, Watergate and the Weather Underground.
Writer John Ridley says:
Though I have been very blessed over the last decade in both film and television, there is a very special sense of accomplishment that comes with seeing your work on display at the local comics shop. I’m so thankful to everyone at DC for giving both me and our many fans the opportunity to revisit the stories, themes and perspectives that were such an integral part of THE AMERICAN WAY.
This new series follows “an alternate timeline” in which superheroes “fall into disgrace” during the turmoil of the 1960s. Jason Fisher, once known as “the New American” is one of the few “heroes” who still operates openly. He takes on a mission to represent the powerless inhabitants of inner-city Baltimore, but things don’t go smoothly, and he finds he’s not always welcome with the people he’s helping, or with law enforcement.
Artist Georges Jeanty says:
I am elated to return to THE AMERICAN WAY and join John on this new journey,” says Georges Jeanty. “In regard to the artistic approach, the series picks up ten years later, and I want to show the grittier side of the ‘70s by composing pages with heavier considerations to shadows and somber lighting to underscore the unrest and uncertainty of the times.
Vertigo are also releasing a new edition of The American Way. This 10th Anniversary Edition is arriving on June 7th.
The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1 will be in comic shops on July 25th.