By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford
You can soon add a new medium to the heavy volume of historical accounts chronicling the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – a comic book.
"Killing Geronimo: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden," a graphic novel about the hunt and killing of the world's most wanted terrorist, will be produced by Bluewater Productions, an independent comic book publisher. In the deal announced Tuesday, Bluewater was commissioned by publisher Simon & Schuster to document the events that culminated in the infamous May 2 raid by a Navy SEAL team in Abbottbad, Pakistan.
The title of the project comes from the code name used for bin Laden during the operation.
"This an epic story nearly ten years in the making," Jerome Maida, one of the projects co-authors, said in a press release announcing the project. "It's like a true to life Jason Bourne novel. And like those Ludlum books, it's a complex labyrinth of intrigue, danger and politics culminating in an action-packed ending."
Bluewater is no stranger putting the stories of well known people in comic book form. President Obama, former President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Nelson Mandela are just some of the luminaries who have had their biographies published in the medium. This will be their first effort documenting a historical event.
"Bin Laden is not a cartoon villain and this book is not a garden variety comic. And the book's heroes don't have super powers, but are courageous and well-trained men of the Navy SEAL Team Six," Darren G. Davis, president of Bluewater, said in the same release. "Just because we chose an illustrated medium to tell this story, doesn't mean it is treated lightly or gratuitously."
Scheduled for release in spring 2012, the book will follow comic book biographies of C.I.A. Director David Petraeus, and the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that Bluewater is planning to release next month.
Despite the novel method for telling such a well-known event, this is not the only project on the market. Dale Dye, a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam who has since appeared in many Hollywood films, wrote a graphic novel re-enactment of the raid along with his wife. The project is titled "Code Word: Geronimo."