Upcoming Vertigo graphic novel “Six Days” a touching tribute to writer’s hero uncle

On Tuesday, DC Comics released the first details of their upcoming Vertigo title Six Days via an interview with the two writers of the book, Robert Venditti (Hawkman, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corp) and Kevin Mauer (No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden).

Six Days is a nonfiction book that recounts the events of the Battle of Graignes, which was fought between June 10–12, 1944 in Graignes, France.

The Battle of Graignes was part of the American airborne landings in Normandy during the early stages of Operation Overlord in World War II. During the engagement, American paratroopers of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division held the town of Graignes against the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen for two days. The German forces eventually recaptured Graignes, though the actions of the 82nd Airborne delayed the 17th Panzergrenadier’s counterattack on nearby Carentan. After retaking Graignes, the German troops massacred 44 civilians and several prisoners of war, and set fire to the town.

Six Days comic book artwork

Writer Kevin Mauer is a journalist who has written extensively on military topics. Venditti is primarily known for his superhero work, although he has written characters with a military background including former Marine Jon Stewart, who regularly appears in Green Lantern, and Ethan Avery, an Army soldier who stars in Damage. However, Six Days holds a special significance for Venditti as his own uncle was among those Airborne soldiers who fought and died at the Battle of Graignes and he will appear as a character in the book.

Six Days features art from Andrea Mutti and is currently set for a May 14 2019 release, just ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

You can read the full interview with writers Mauer and Venditti here.

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