Next month AfterShock Comics will release Almost American #1. The debut issue of the series created by Janosh Neumann and from writer Ron Marz, artist Marco Castiello, colorist Flavio Dispenza, and letterer Rus Wooten tells the true story of a pair of former Russian spies as they attempt to defect to the United States. Today The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive preview of the first issue of the series.


Here’s how AfterShock describes Almost American #1:

Spies…like us? In 2008, husband-and-wife Russian intelligence operatives walked into the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic in order to defect, making a deal to trade secrets for new lives. But instead of the American Dream, Janosh and Victorya Neumann found themselves caught up in red tape, bureaucracy and turf wars between the FBI and CIA — all while their past tries to kill them.

In the announcement of the series, Marz offered three reasons why readers should check out Almost American:

“First, it’s a compelling true story. You can tell any kind of story in comics, but we generally tell a lot more fictional stories than true stories. There’s more reportage here than in anything I’ve written. Second, the art by Marco Castiello is fabulous. This is not an easy assignment, drawing real people, real events, and real locations, but he’s doing a wonderful job. And third, this is the beginning of … well,. a beautiful friendship! You don’t expect to have a Russian former intelligence operative as a friend, but life is strange. We’ve started work on a few other projects together, so I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from us as a team.” 

Check out the exclusive four-page preview, as well as the variant cover by Juan Doe, for Almost American #1 below. The debut issue of the series arrives in stores and digitally on Wednesday, September 1st.