The American Way: Those Above And Those Below #2 Review

Happy, it is not.  John Ridley’s dark take on the turbulent 70’s is a bleak cautionary tale for our own times.

2 weels late and 3 dollars short, it’s The Truth!   Have days gotten shorter?  This review had to take a back seat to real life crud.  Fortunately, nothing was in the queue for me this week, so I could dedicate a little time to bang this out.

Current situation:  7 dogs.  In my ~1000 sq ft castle.  7.

But we chill.  We chill.  Cesar Milan I am not, but as long as I don’t have other humans energy in the mix…..I’m not half bad!

What is this all about?

The American Way:  Those Above And Those Below #2  picks up with our hero The New American on trial for the death of Willie Betts, for which he walks, but the community is enraged.  This isn’t what he wanted, but right is right.  The crowd is up in arms.  There is violence in the air.

Ol’ Miss gets a bad prognosis, cancer, and advanced enough that there is nothing to be done about it.  A superhero, brought to her knees by what we all fear.

A leftist radical cell, ready to take a symbolic action when “the man” shows up, and they show no mercy.  Gore.  Chaos gunfire and flames.   Men and women killed.  Daniel is there.

The city erupts into violence on the streets, a riot breaks out.  The New American saves a man, but the city burns.  Amber disappears into drugs again, then plants one of her power bombs, but this time, something goes wrong, and innocents are injured, innocents are killed.

In the end, Ol’ Miss reminisces on her past, and on where the country is.  She decides to run after all…on a Heritage Not Hate platform.

Oh boy.

The Review

That’s up above there.  Duh.  I don’t know what the hell happened.  You’ll figure it out, don’t sweat it.

The story really explodes in this chapter, the core actors are all conflicted, all shades of gray, much less black and white than superheroes usually are.  Which side do you fall on when you have to choose between your community and what is right, regardless of how distasteful.  A super on drugs?  A southern heritage super?  This is meaty stuff and has much more nuance than I originally gave it credit for.

John Ridley’s writing is shining here, and Georges Jeanty’s art is growing on me.  I have a feeling there won’t be a clean and happy ending to this story.  It’s only a matter of time before the majors collide, and it can’t be pretty.

Final Words

Podcasting again on Sunday morning (I obviously didn’t pick the time), but in the meanwhile, head over to the podcast section and check out of past efforts, and now featuring the Longbox Scavengers!


More Info

Reviewed by The Truth
The American Way:  Those Above And Those Below #2
Written by John Ridley
Art by: Georges Jeanty, John Livesay, Danny Miki, Paul Neary, Rick Filardi, Travis Lanham

Published by DC/Vertigo
Release Date: 08/16/17

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