Ten years ago, screenwriter and novelist John Ridley teamed with artist Georges Jeanty for The American Way, a miniseries published through Wildstorm that presented an alternate history where a black superhero in the 1960s joined America's greatest superteam. In the time since, Ridley has won an Academy Award for 12 Years A Slave, among many other writing accomplishments --- but he is returning to comic books and reuniting with Jeanty for a sequel to The American Way set amid the political turmoil of the '70s.

The new volume jumps ahead a decade to a world in which John F. Kennedy has been assassinated and people are all together less trusting of those in authority. The New American is one of the few remaining superheroes, fighting to keep the people of Baltimore safe, but he is caught in a dilemma between upholding the law and serving the people, who see him as nothing more than a propaganda tool of a government with little interest in their well-being.

In a press release provided by Vertigo, John Ridley stated

"On the 10-year anniversary of the series, it feels both fantastic and appropriate to be able to return to THE AMERICAN WAY. 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."

The American Way: Those Above And Those Below will be published monthly as a six-issue miniseries beginning in the summer of 2017. A new edition of the original series will also be released in a collected format to coincide with the new volume.