With Six Days:The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter, the comic book medium once again follows a storied (and visual) history of telling tales set in war-time.
Ever has it been such.
Whether it was those star-spangled monthly periodicals of the 1940’s like Wow Comics, Captain America and Blackhawk, detailing the fictionalized allied and axis exploits of World War II (entertaining our soldiers abroad and providing political propaganda), or even the comics of the 1950’s and 1960’s showcasing the Great War protagonists of the early twentieth century like Enemy Ace of World War I, who first appeared within the pages of Our Army At War in 1965. The latter half of the 1900’s saw the Vietnam War take center stage in the pages of comic books and graphic novels, while our current times have shed light on the human condition during the war against terrorism.
Comic books and war go hand in hand.
They are a perfect medium to tell both horrific and heart-warming stories that take place in the most desperate, righteous and, sometimes, evil of human endeavours. Best of all, they are also an exceptional medium to share historical events that may not be found in high school or university texts.
And that’s where we find ourselves with today’s release of the hardcover graphic novel, Six Days:The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter.
Written By: Robert Venditti and Kevin Maurer
Illustrated By: Andrea Mutti
Published By: Vertigo Comics
Six Days:The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter is an accurate account of what happened to the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division in the small French village of Graignes during one week in June, 1944.
Published by Vertigo Comics, the original home for stories that pushed the boundaries of comic book storytelling, whether they be fantastical or documentary works, and written by Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and Kevin Maurer (the #1 New York Times bestseller No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden) and wonderfully illustrated by Andrea Mutti (Star Wars, Hellblazer, DMZ), Six Days:The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter is a well-researched and fascinating tale of humanity at it’s best – and worst.
At the end of the war, it is the worst mis-drop of the D-Day campaign, where 182 soldiers parachute far behind enemy lines. Much farther than they would ever suspect.
As much as those soldiers need to band together to overcome near insurmountable odds, it’s the simple townsfolk of Graignes that take a prominent role, sheltering and feeding the misplaced paratroopers and effectively concealing them from the Nazi enemy, who roam and own the countryside. In Six Days:The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter, all lives are at risk.
And nothing could bring that to more prominence than when a German militia of 2,000 unexpectedly passes through the town, inciting a battle for the lives of the townsfolk and the soldiers they protect.
It’s interesting to note that this is a very real and very personal story for co-author, Robert Venditti as his uncle fought in the Battle of Graignes.
Make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up the up-to-now untold tale of Six Days:The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter and learn something new about the human condition and an important and moving battle that took place seventy-five years ago.