Jericho Season 3: Civil War

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Jericho Season 3: Civil War
Cover art for Jericho Season 3 #1
by Scott West.
Publication information
Publisher Devil's Due Publishing
IDW Publishing
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre
Publication date November 2009 – June 2011
Number of issues 6
Main character(s) Jake Green
Robert Hawkins
Creative team as of October 2009
Writer(s) Dan Shotz
Robert Levine
Penciller(s) Alejandro F. Giraldo
Letterer(s) Crank!
Colorist(s) Juanmar Studios
Creator(s) Jericho Writing Staff
Editor(s) Cody Dematteis
Collected editions
Jericho Season 3: Civil War ISBN 978-1600109393

Jericho Season 3: Civil War is a comic book limited series of six issues that continues the storyline of the CBS television show Jericho. It was written by Jason M. Burns and the Jericho writing team.

On March 12, 2009, Devil's Due Publishing announced that all storylines from the TV series will be continued in a comic book series.[1][2] On November 25, 2009, Devil's Due Publishing released the first issue of the six-issue continuation of the Jericho saga. As of May 29, 2011, IDW Publishing has re-released the first 3 comics as Jericho: Redux, as well as issues 4, 5 and 6, thus completing its publication.[3][4]

In August 2011 IDW collected all 6 comics into a 144-page graphic novel entitled Jericho Season 3: Civil War.[5]

Plot synopsis[edit]

At the conclusion of the TV series, the new Cheyenne-based Allied States of America governs the former United States west of the Mississippi River, with the exception of Texas. The eastern states are governed by a rival remnant government, based in Columbus, Ohio. Texas was about to form an alliance with the ASA. To prevent this, Jake Green and Robert Hawkins have delivered the last nuclear bomb – which was intended to destroy Columbus, Ohio – to the Independent Republic of Texas. Analysis of the bomb will demonstrate that the ASA lied about the origin of the 23 bombs used in the September Attacks on 23 U.S. cities, falsely blaming them on the Iranian and North Korean governments. Texas now sides with Columbus rather than Cheyenne, and the Second American Civil War is at hand.

Hawkins and the Texas leadership know they need something more to help win the war. Hawkins gets a message from an old enemy who just might be able to help, if Hawkins can help him first. This sends Jake Green and Robert Hawkins back into the hostile Allied States where they are wanted for acts of terrorism.

Issues[edit]

Title Publishing date Morse subtitle
Issue # 1 November 25, 2009 YOU CANT SHUT THIS DOWN
The story begins at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, ten months after The Bombs. Hawkins attends a meeting of Texan leaders at the base, and learns that the bomb got the Governor's attention, with the intended result: Texas will help Columbus with fuel, weapons and manpower.

Hawkins remarks that Cheyenne is likely to storm the Mississippi as soon as the United Nations buffer force withdraws. Clark, representing Columbus, admits that because of the Hudson River Virus the USA is not ready for that; even with Texan support they cannot match Cheyenne for numbers or organization. If it comes to war, Cheyenne's opponents will need some "kind of X-factor" that Cheyenne won't see coming, and Clark doesn't know what that is.

Hawkins receives a call for help from the terrorist "John Smith", who is now imprisoned by Cheyenne.

Lackland is then attacked by an air-raid from Cheyenne. Clark and other leaders are killed; and Hawkins and Green narrowly escape.

President Tomarchio, Thomas Valente and other heads of the ASA receive a report on the air raid. Lackland Air Force Base and the East Texas Oil Fields are immobilized. Strategic sites within San Antonio were also destroyed. Civilian casualty rates will be high, but acceptable. Their fighters saw no resistance. By all accounts, the ASA's attack took Texas completely off-guard. President Tomarchio will contact Columbus shortly with an offer of surrender; with any luck, the USA will accept, in which case the ASA saved lives today. The meeting ends.

Major Edward Beck was also watching this from the Sheriff's Office in Jericho. The ASA military are still based in Jericho, and (for unknown reasons) Beck and his troops are once again wearing the A.S. Army insignia, and Beck himself appears to still be in command. Beck now receives word that Green and Hawkins are alive in Texas, which he secretly relays to the Jericho underground resistance.

Hawkins and Green now head for New Mexico – ASA territory – to begin a campaign to free "Smith", who helped build the ASA's information infrastructure and thus knows its weaknesses. 
Issue # 2 January 13, 2010 CHAVEZ IS OUT THERE
Jake and Hawkins are on the road as wanted men. Forced to enter into enemy territory, they must use the help of the Jericho Resistance to make their way through an Allied States processing town on the Texas border. Disguised as refugees, the heroes must maneuver past hi-tech cameras, armed ASA soldiers and local black market thugs to continue their mission to find terrorist John Smith. 
Issue # 3 March 10, 2010 SMITH HAS THE KEY
Now 18 months after the attacks, Jake and Hawkins arrive at Loomer Ridge Prison in Colorado. Their goal: break into the massively fortified, off-site facility and retrieve terrorist John Smith. This unreachable goal becomes slightly more attainable with the aid of Chavez, who knows the ideal way to infiltrate the Allied States' defenses.

In Jericho, Skylar arrives home by bus after a trip to New York to try to find her parents, and is welcomed back by Dale. Skylar reports to Dale that, while her search was unsuccessful, she made a deal on medical supplies; even with a huge markup, they can undercut Jennings & Rall's price.

Emmett Green comes to town for the wedding of his nephew Eric Green to Mary Bailey. Emmett (who is drawn to resemble actor Gerald McRaney who portrayed Johnston in the original Jericho series) has some of his brother Johnston's gumption, which surfaces during the toast. 
Issue # 4 February 16, 2011 WHO WILL SAVE BECK
Under interrogation by his Allied States captors, terror mastermind John Smith reveals his story: a full account of the motives, methods, and betrayals that resulted in the destruction of twenty-three American cities. From his recruitment by Jennings and Rall to his showdown with Robert Hawkins, Smith details how his thirst for revenge brought a nation to the brink of civil war. 
Issue # 5 March 16, 2011 REMEMBER NEW BERN
Jake and Hawkins evade the ASA guards and escape from Loomer Ridge Prison with terrorist John Smith. With a cavalry on their tail, Jake finds an unlikely place to harbor Smith as they begin to make their way to Columbus. In Jericho, the citizens react to the ASA's institution of a military draft as Beck is interrogated for his involvement in the death of Major Petrella. 
Issue # 6 June 8, 2011 FOES BECOME FRIENDS
Two missions collide as civil war looms. Major Beck, losing his foothold in Jericho, is redeployed to the front line just as Jake and Hawkins make their way to Jericho. But what of the terrorist John Smith...? 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Devil's Due press release[dead link]
  2. ^ Jericho Continues As Comic". DWSciFi.com, March 10, 2009. Retrieved on March 10, 2009.
  3. ^ Time, Ryall. "JERICHO Returns!". News Article. IDW. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  4. ^ "IDW Publishing Shop lists Redux, 4, and 5.". Shop Listing. IDW. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Jericho Season 3: Civil War (graphic novel)". IDW. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 

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