Fans who can't wait until the official October launch of Letter 44 will have an early opportunity to snag the first issue of Charles Soule and artist Alberto Alburquerque's sci-fi series this week at San Diego Comic-Con. Following its initial announcement at Emerald City in March, publisher Oni Press has decided to whet fan appetites a little early with a convention exclusive black and white edition of Letter 44 #1.

While technically billed as a preview of the first issue, those who score a copy at Oni booth # 1833 will be able to read the entire story, just sans Guy Major's upcoming colors, of course.

From Oni's official solicitation info:

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!

You can get an early look at a smattering of pages from the SDCC exclusive Letter 44 #1 black and white preview edition below.