IDW Turns Bin Laden's Death Into Graphic Novel

Comics crossover with modern events - including America's current wars in the Middle East - often, but this September IDW Publishing will release a new graphic novel that may draw even more attention due to the nature of its subject matter: the death of Osama bin Laden.

The Associated Press has a brief story circulating papers such as News-Press of Ft. Meyers, FL on a new 88-page hardcover graphic novel called "Code Word: Geronimo" that the publisher plans to release this September 6, just days before the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks bin Laden masterminded. Written by retired U.S. Marine Captain turned actor, writer and Hollywood military advisor Dale Dye ("Platoon," "Falling Skies") and Julia Dye, the comic will provide a creative take on the people and Navy SEALs who planned and undertook the mission to kill the al-Qaeda leader. The story stressed that the book would not have a political bent.

While they are best known for their licensed and genre comics, IDW has worked in the field of news-related reality comics before. In 2008 ahead of the presidential election, the company released dueling biographies of candidates John McCain and Barack Obama under the "Presidential Material" label.

For more on this latest project, see the AP, and stay tuned to CBR for more on "Code Word: Geronimo."

UPDATE: IDW has sent out an official press release for the book, which is reprinted in full below:

Official Press Release

IDW Publishing and Charlie Foxtrot Entertainment today have the honor of announcing CODE WORD: GERONIMO, an original graphic novel illustrating the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound by SEAL Team 6 on May 1, 2011. Expertly written by Captain Dale Dye (USMC, Ret.) and Dr. Julia Dye, Ph.D., CODE WORD: GERONIMO offers the amazing, moment-by-moment inside story of the clandestine raid that rid the world of this terrorist mastermind.

"Due to entirely appropriate security concerns, there is some creative license in our script," said Captain Dye. "But I think readers will be gratified with the detail and thrilled with our take on one of the most daring and successful commando raids in American military history."

This historical keepsake details the bravery and valor of SEAL Team 6 as it descends into Abbottabad, Pakistan and achieves the near impossible. Joining the Dyes to bring this incredible graphic novel to life are artists Gerry Kissell (The A-Team: War Stories, Iron Sky) and Amin Amat (Buckaroo Banzai, Iron Sky). John M. Del Vecchio, decorated Vietnam veteran and best-selling author of the The 13th Valley, will also provide afterword material. A portion of the proceeds from CODE WORD: GERONIMO will be donated to a charity supporting military service members.

"I have worked for many years now with Charlie Foxtrot Entertainment on a number of successful projects," said Tom Waltz, IDW editor, former Marine and Desert Storm I veteran. "But none of those compare to the excitement and pride I have for CODE WORD: GERONIMO. The Dyes have put together a fantastic script detailing the heroically dangerous raid by SEAL Team 6 against Public Enemy Number One, Osama Bin Laden, and I firmly believe you won't get a more accurate account of this pivotal moment in history unless it is told by the SEAL team members themselves."

Following an exceptional career in the United States Marine Corps, Captain Dye is now best known as the military advisor to Hollywood for his work on over seventy films, from Platoon to Saving Private Ryan, and Band Of Brothers to The Pacific. Captain Dye is also the acclaimed author of many novels, including Outrage and Laos File.

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