SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Last May 1, President Barack Obama addressed the nation and said Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed. A new graphic novel coming out soon looks to give some insight as to what might have happened.
The last time we talked about Springfield resident Gerry Kissell, he was creating a comic book series based off the newest "A Team" movie. His latest work, "Code Word: Geronimo," is far more than just a few drawings and doodles. It's a rare view into one of the biggest moments in America's fight against terrorists.
It's been described as one of the most daring and successful commando raids in American military history.
"Here it is, 10 years after the fact, and we finally get the guy," said Kissell.
Seal Team Six took down Public Enemy Number One.
"Seal Team Six is the best infiltration unit out there -- the best operators," Kissell said.
Now the story behind the raid is coming to life in a new graphic novel.
"I used everything in my military background, having been in on the planning on similar operations."
The novel "Code Word: Geronimo" is written by retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye and his wife, Julia.
Dye has had a hand in more than 70 movies, including "Saving Private Ryan" and "Platoon," along with "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific." He is considered the military advisor for Hollywood.
"We wanted to tell the story before anyone else could and we wanted to make sure it was right," Kissell said.
The idea, however, came from Kissell, who boasts an Army background.
"We wanted to make sure this thing didn't become yesterday's news," Dye said.
Many details still remain classified.
"I checked with some sources and said 'What about this? You don't have to tell me, you just have to say yes or no,'" Dye said.
The masterminds behind the project say it will be the most accurate account of what happened to date.
"They even had an accident and still went in with surgical precision. 'Let's go to Plan B quick,' and they just immediately switch over, and we show that," Kissell said.
The project, they say, isn't about the money.
"Most of all we wanted to show just how heroic these guys are," Kissell said.
It's about honoring the men who brought cheering Americans into the streets the night of May 1, 2011.
"We can't name them and we shouldn't name them," Dye said, "but we should sure as hell celebrate what they did."
The official release date is Sept/ 6, 2011. The publisher has already pre-sold hundreds of thousands of copies and expects it to be widely popular across the nation. It already proved to be popular at Comic Con in San Diego. Barnes and Noble and another yet-to-be-named department store will carry the graphic novel.
Amin Amat inked the graphic novel. He was lead artist on "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" comic series, "Buckaroo Banzai," as well as working with Kissell on "Iron Sky," "Alan Wake," "Bayeux," and "Endtime." Amat and Kissell have also formed a partnership with "Kung Fu Panda" writers Eric Hutchins and Matt Anderson, of Ape Entertainment, to create two original projects over the next year: "Sleepers" and "Detective Nobody."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun