A Graphic Novel That Breathes New Life into Our Understanding of the Kennedy Assassination
By Ryan Bort
Few historical events are more complex, rife with inconsistencies, and mired in controversy than the Kennedy assassination. The circumstances surrounding the events of November 22, 1963 have been pored over by federal agencies and amateur conspiracy theorists alike for decades, but what actually happened is likely to remain a mystery. Pieces of new information have come to light over the years, but the Warren Commission Report, the 889-page result of an investigation requested by JFK’s successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, remains the most thorough examination of Kennedy’s death. For anyone looking for clarity, the report is the most necessary, but also the most daunting, collection of evidence to tackle.
The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation Into the Kennedy Assassination is a new, 160-page comic book that attempts to clarify the findings of the Warren Commission through a series of visual storyboards. Written by Dan Mishkin and illustrated by Ernie Colón — whose previous book, The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, served as inspiration — the “comic book documentary” attempts to distill the densest of documents into an easily digestible graphic account of the Commission’s findings. Says author Dan Mishkin:
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