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Edward Snowden, Comic-Book Hero

'Beyond Snowden' cover
Bluewater Productions The book cover of Beyond: Edward Snowden

The graphic novel Beyond: Edward Snowden will hit shelves later this month, exploring the NSA whistle-blower's motivations for taking part in the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history

If an aversion to large blocks of text has kept you from reading up on former National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden, a new comic-book biography of the fugitive who helped reveal the NSA spying scandal may get you up to date.

Beyond: Edward Snowden will be released on May 21 in both print and digital editions. Marvel Comics’ Punisher writer Valerie D’Orazio wrote the story, while Dan Lauer provided the art.

Illustrating the whistle-blower gives readers “a look at a side of Edward Snowden the public has never really seen before,” D’Orazio said in a statement.

The book, which will be published by Bluewater Productions, will delve into Snowden’s motivations for leaking a historic number of classified documents in 2013. Sony Pictures recently bought the rights to Glenn Greenwald’s new book on the NSA leaker, meaning the 30-year-old may end up where most comic book heroes eventually end up: on the cinema screen.

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