Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ray's Reviews: The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation:

        "The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation"
(Abrams Comicarts) is an exceptionally creative graphic novel written
by East Lansing author Dan Mishkin.
        It's illustrated by highly acclaimed, long-time comic book
veteran Ernie Colon and Ann Arbor comic book artist Jerzy Drozo.
        Available in paperback for $17.95 or hardback at $29.95, the
well-illustrated graphic novel deals with a highly controversial
subject - the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John
Fitzgerald Kennedy.
        The release is timed for the 50th Anniversary of the report,
which examined evidence related to the fateful event that took place
in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
        This is not just a simple oversized comic book - it's a
carefully co-ordinated effort to offer a realistic view of a major
historical event and its treatment by the seven members of the Warren Commission.  It
focuses on a variety of different aspects of the Report, including
information later revealed that had never been supplied to the Commission.
        Delving into the assassination of the President and the
wounding of Governor John Connelly, the graphic novel opens with a
resounding "P-Kow!", the sound of the gunshot that changed American history.
        It examines the role of Lee Harvey Oswald, who's strikingly
represented in a black and white, uncolored, almost ghostly image
throughout the thought-provoking book.
        Exploring a wide assortment of conspiracy theories, Mishkin
and the talented crew of artists cover a lot of territory, ranging
from the grassy knoll theory, multiple assassins, FBI cover-ups, medical
misinformation and possible foreign government involvement.
        It also offers contextual insights into the societal changes.
A brief forward is provided by biographer Richard Reeves. Mishkin adds
a short afterword and a selected bibliography.
        This is a step in a different creative direction of
non-fiction for Mishkin, who has written in the comic book industry
for over 30 years. He scripted "Wonder Woman for three years" and is the co-creator (with
Colon) of the comic book series "Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld."
        Colon was the illustrator for the best-selling book "The 9/11
Report: A Graphic Adaptation".
        While the full truth about the Kennedy assassination will
never be known, this mesmerizing book offers a remarkably unique

        Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, has
reviewed books regularly since 1987.

Find this book and other great titles
at the Curious Book Shop, an independent 
book shop in East Lansing, founded in 1969.

Curious Book Shop
307 East Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, Michigan

This review was originally published by the Lansing State Journal on September 28, 2014.

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