Ascendant: Star-Spangled Squadron

The Graphic Novel

In December 2012, the U.S. government launched a secret program to create superhumans called Ascendants. In July 2018, the U.S. government lost control over them. Now, America enters a new era in which ordinary men and women can become the heroes we need . . . or the monsters we fear.


When firefighter Bill Goddard raced into a blazing building to rescue trapped children, he expected to die. Instead, he became something more than human—the nation's first ascendant. Now known as American Eagle, Bill must assemble a team of other ascended heroes to defend the country from villainous forces intent on wreaking chaos and destruction. But the process of ascension is fraught with peril, and not everyone emerges with their mind and morality unscathed.

In America's hour of need, who will answer the call? And can they do what it takes to protect the nation without sacrificing the values they’ve sworn to uphold?

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Interior Artist: Mel Joy San Juan
Cover Artist: Will Conrad
Colorists: Jay David Ramos and Rohvel Yumul

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First Baen printing, June 2023

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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New York, NY 10020

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-1-98219-267-9
eISBN: 978-1-62579-918-0

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