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Truth, Justin and the American Way is a 2005-2006 5 issue comic book published by Image written by Aaron Williams and Scott Kurtz and drawn by Guisppe Ferriaro. It was made out of a desire to make a comic based on an old '80s series without having to get the rights to one.

Set in The '80s, the story is set up as a sitcom from the era and follows the adventures of Justin Cannel, a 20-something washout on the precipice of getting married to Bailey, the girl of his dreams who just wishes he'd grow up a bit. Meanwhile Agent McGee of the FBI is after an alien battle suit that looks like a disco-ey superhero costume and after capturing the Russian agent holding the suit, he finds a shirt-reading bachelor. Naturally, Justin gets the suit and finds himself with the ability to do anything... and McGee, mistaking our hapless hero for a Communist spy and refusing to see the obvious truth, is right on his tail. Now Justin must duck the feds, figure out his new suit, and keep his blushing bride-to-be from breaking up with him. Hilarity Ensues.


Truth, Justin and the American Way provides examples of:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Justin's friends, who use the Justinmobile to save him from Warmaster Zarlogg
  • Big Damn Kiss: Justin and Bailey towards the end of Issue 4 After Justin apologizes to Bailey after rescuing her from McGee. Followed by Bailey proposing to Justin, putting the engagement back on.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: McGee in the final issue.
  • Cool Car: The Justinmobile aka Justin's wrecked car after the suit repairs it.
  • Clothes Make the Superman
  • Distressed Damsel: McGee kidnaps Bailey in issue 4.
  • Distressed Dude: Cattfish during issue 4
  • Dirty Communists: What Agent McGee thinks Justin and his friends are.
  • Jerkass: Agent McGee
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Justin in Issue's 4 and 5
  • Loser Hero: Justin, who's previous job to mailroom one he's seen with during the story was a Corn Dog Vendor.
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  • Not So Different: Justin and Thrix, the alien whose battle suit Justin received. He too was a slacker who didn't do much with his life.
  • Ray Gun: McGee gets one in the last issue
  • Running Gag: Moose's obsession with Beer
  • Second-Act Breakup: Bailey breaks up with Justin at the end of issue 3 after he loses his job and destroys his own car (with everything for the wedding) inside during his fight with McGee and Bixby.
  • Sequel Hook: The comic ends with Justin and Bailey heading off for their honeymoon in Maui, Justin taking the suit with them without Bailey knowing, and Justin's friends speeding off in the Justinmobile with Blair (who apparently woke up in the car after the reception) to join them
  • The Slacker: Justin and his friends
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Warmaster Zarlogg says if he returns without avenging Thrixx, they'll just send someone worse to take out Justin. Justin's friend's and Bailey work around this by offering up Agent McGee, with is weapon serving as a trophy.
  • Those Three Guys: Moose, Shades and Catfish
  • Took a Level in Badass: Justin over the course of the story. He goes from having no idea what he's doing to Beating an intergalactic warrior.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The first scene of the Comic has Agent McGee chasing down a Russian spy who had what they both thought was the suit.
  • Villain Team-Up: McGee makes a deal with Zarlogg - Zarlogg takes out Justin, Bixby gets the suit and provides him with backup should Justin start to win.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Agent Bixby, the six-million dollar Canadian man.
  • Wedding Smashers: Justin and Bailey's wedding after their reconciliation, naturally. It starts with McGee charging in with a Ray Gun, then Warmaster Zarlogg, the brother off the fallen warrior who's battle suit Justin ended up in shows up and he and Justin procede to throw down. Bailey tries to have Justin prevent this, to no avail.


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