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STORY BY JOE BUSH • Illustrated by cayden mcleod

“Russian Defection”
is a new action, spy, thriller comic book mini-series.

Set in 1986 during the height of the Cold War, RUSSIAN DEFECTION chronicles a C.I.A. agent specializing in rescuing people from behind enemy lines. He gets caught in a deadly spy game with the Soviet K.G.B. over newly advanced weapons technology that the U.S. desperately needs to stop imminent World War 3.

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RUSSIAN DEFECTION: Escaping North Korea

In 1986, during the height of the Cold War, the United States was in a constant state of alert, fearing the threat of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. The tension between the two superpowers was palpable, and the fear of an imminent World War III was very real. It was during this time that the C.I.A. recruited Brad Sotiris, a seasoned agent with a reputation for rescuing people from behind enemy lines.

The first issue of RUSSIAN DEFECTION, titled “Escaping North Korea,” takes us on a thrilling journey deep into enemy territory. Brad Sotiris is tasked with rescuing a high-ranking defector from North Korea who has valuable information about a new advanced weapons technology that the U.S. desperately needs to stop World War III.

As Brad makes his way through the treacherous terrain of North Korea, he encounters unforeseen consequences that threaten to derail his mission. He must use all his training and experience to outwit the North Korean soldiers and escape with the defector before it’s too late.

The Cold War and Covert Operations

The Cold War was a period of intense political and military tension between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted from the end of World War II until the early 1990s. During this time, both countries engaged in espionage, propaganda, and proxy wars to gain an advantage over the other. The use of covert operations was a key strategy in this battle for supremacy.

Covert operations are secret activities carried out by a government or military organization to achieve a specific goal. These operations include espionage, sabotage, and assassination, among others. The C.I.A. was heavily involved in covert operations during the Cold War, with the aim of gathering intelligence and carrying out missions that would give the United States an advantage over the Soviet Union.

The use of covert operations was not without controversy, however. Critics argued that these operations violated international law and undermined democratic values. Nevertheless, they were seen as a necessary evil in the fight against the Soviet Union.

Living under the Threat of Nuclear War

The fear of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was a constant presence during the Cold War. Both countries had large stockpiles of nuclear weapons, and the threat of mutual destruction was very real.

The fear of nuclear war had a profound impact on both countries. In the United States, there was a widespread belief in the 1950s and 1960s that a nuclear attack was imminent, and many people built bomb shelters and stocked up on supplies in preparation. In the Soviet Union, the fear of nuclear war was used as a propaganda tool to maintain control over the population.

The threat of nuclear war also had a significant impact on international relations. The Cuban Missile Crisis, for example, was a 13-day political and military standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1962 over the installation of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The crisis brought the world closer to nuclear war than ever before, and it was only through diplomatic efforts that the situation was resolved peacefully.


RUSSIAN DEFECTION: Escaping North Korea is a thrilling introduction to a world of covert operations, political intrigue, and the constant threat of nuclear war. It offers a glimpse into the historical context of the Cold War and the impact it had on the people who lived through it. As we follow Brad Sotiris on his mission, we are reminded of the sacrifices that were made to keep the world safe from the threat of nuclear war.

About the Author: Joseph Parrish

Joseph Parrish is an entrepreneur, actor, writer, and intel gatherer. Before he started working for a talent agency in San Francisco as an actor, he started and operated several businesses. During his time at the agency, he realized he could write better stories and characters than the productions he worked for. He was also trained in Remote Viewing by a retired C.I.A. officer, with whom he worked as an intel gatherer for consulting and private investigations.Learning events of the Cold War not commonly known, Joseph set out to write his own action, spy story RUSSIAN DEFECTION. Despite being a self-taught writer with dyslexia, his passion for action spy thrillers and history has allowed him to create a compelling story. Joseph lives in northern California and when he’s not writing, he likes to play airsoft with his kids.Joseph’s unique background and experiences have undoubtedly shaped the way he approaches his writing. His entrepreneurial spirit has given him a business-minded approach to his work, while his experiences as an actor have allowed him to create well-rounded characters that are relatable and engaging. His training in Remote Viewing has given him an eye for detail that is evident in the intricate plotlines of his stories.


RUSSIAN DEFECTION is a captivating novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The story follows a retired CIA agent, Jack Reilly, who is called back to duty to help stop a Russian plot to release a deadly virus in the United States. The plot is complex, with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end.One of the standout features of RUSSIAN DEFECTION is the attention to detail that Joseph Parrish brings to the story. His background in Remote Viewing and his interest in history are evident in the accuracy and authenticity of the plotline. The characters are well-developed, and readers will find themselves invested in their fates.Another strength of the novel is the pacing. The story moves quickly, with action-packed scenes that keep the reader engaged. The dialogue is sharp and witty, adding to the overall enjoyment of the novel.Overall, RUSSIAN DEFECTION is a must-read for fans of action spy thrillers. Joseph Parrish has created a compelling story with well-developed characters and a plot that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Artwork by Slavo

All of the artwork for this issue was illustrated, designed, directed, and produced by Slavo. Slavo was born and raised in Poland under the Communist regime, graduating from art school there in 1990. With no opportunities, he moved to Mexico City where he worked as a Creative Director for three different Latin TV stations. He moved to the U.S.A. in 2003 and has worked as a senior UI/UX design artist for various companies.Slavo’s thirty years of experience in art design for products, apps, publishing, advertising, video, and gaming productions are evident in the high-quality artwork he has produced for this issue. His attention to detail and ability to create visually stunning images are evident in every piece.One of the standout features of Slavo’s artwork is his ability to capture the essence of the characters in RUSSIAN DEFECTION. His illustrations are not only beautiful but also add depth to the story. The logos and symbols he designed for the issue are also top-notch, adding to the overall aesthetic of the publication.Slavo’s portfolio is impressive, with credits on video and mobile games like Star Trek Online, Champions Online, Crime City, Modern War, Monster Quest, Kingdom Age, and more. His experience in the gaming industry is evident in the quality of his work.In conclusion, Slavo’s artwork is a perfect complement to Joseph Parrish’s writing. The attention to detail and quality of the illustrations and designs are a testament to Slavo’s talent and experience in the industry.