Red Atlantis, a new comic series with a first issue out today from publisher AfterShock Comics, is a spy story…and it is drawing rave reviews from real-life former spies.

Red Atlantis is a very good comic, from rising stars writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Robert Carey, colorist Rosh, and letterer Troy Peteri, and it’s concept essentially takes some of the deepest fears that Americans have around the 2020 election (which, I don’t know if any of you all have noticed, but it’s still going and may be for some time, by the way), and it distills them into 20-some pages of excellent comic storytelling.

In addition to that creative team, this comic has a story by credit that goes to Janosh Neumann, who is a former operative of the FSB Investigative Directorate, which is the successor to the KGB, along with his wife, Victorya Neumann. It’s all very cool, and should be of major interest to anyone who likes spies, or espionage, or turning their current roiling anxiety off for a while in order to read a story that has been shaped from that similar roiling anxiety.

AfterShock has compiled what these former spies have to say about the new comic on its website. And hey, if you’re in the Washington, D.C., area there will be a reception for Janosh Neumann at the International Spy Museum (one of the coolest museums) in the city on Thursday, Nov. 12, during which a cocktail called Red Atlantis will be served, courtesy of the Shaw neighborhood bar, Lost and Found.

The full solicit information for Red Atlantis #1 can be found below:

Red Atlantis #1 / $4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 11.4.2020
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Robert Carey
Colorist: Rosh
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Cover: Robert Hack
Incentive Cover: Tim Bradstreet
A series of unexplained, violent crimes on Election Day around the U.S. leads the FBI to zero in on a covert group of Russian terrorists.

When a Texas journalism student named Miriam accidentally finds herself mixed up in the investigation, her life will never be the same. With political espionage, treason and even mind control, can she clear her name and stop the U.S. from entering into a new Cold War

From writer Stephanie Phillips (Butcher of Paris, ARTEMIS AND THE ASSASSIN, DESCENDENT) and artist Robert Carey (Aliens: Resistance, James Bond) comes a fast-paced political thriller that explores the dark history of U.S./Russian relations.