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Edward's Snowden's story is being told in comic book form.  (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

Edward’s Snowden’s story is being told in comic book form. (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

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Edward Snowden is joining the ranks of the Green Lantern and Batman; the NSA whistleblower is the star of a new comic book, reports CNet.

“Beyond: Edward Snowden” is the creation of Valerie D’Orazio, a comic book artist who has written and edited titles for DC Comics.

“I thought he was a fascinating and cryptic individual and I really wanted to learn more about the man behind the headlines,” she tells Crave. “I also thought, since he apparently came from a ‘geek’ cultural background, a comic book would be a very appropriate format to tell his story.”

The story explores Snowden’s background and tries to explain what could have motivated him to commit one of the biggest leaks of classified information in American history.

D’Orazio says she was surprised at how ordinary Snowden’s life seemed to be before he turned whistleblower.

“He could have been any funny, charismatic person you might meet on a forum, talking about video games or anime or whatever, goofing around, and posting selfies,” D’Orazio said.

She also told Crave she was unable to maintain objectivity while she was writing the comic book. “My first intention was to make this a strictly objective educational comic on his life, but as I got further into the research I couldn’t help but feel more emotionally invested in various aspects of the narrative.”

And, says D’Orazio, Snowden’s story is more complicated than whether he is a hero or a traitor.

“I think it is very important for the public to be made aware of the fact that their personal online communications and actions could be accessed by government agencies. That said, there were also some gaps and inconsistencies about Snowden’s story that I acknowledge as well. So I like to think I’ve given a balanced viewpoint in the comic.”

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Edward Snowden has been called a hero and a traitor. The recently released comic  takes a look at the whistleblower to explain what could have motivated him to commit one of the biggest leaks of classified information in U.S. history.

Valerie D’Orazio, the comic book’s writer and a Marvel comics writer, told Crave. “I also thought, since he apparently came from a ‘geek’ cultural background, a comic book would be a very appropriate format to tell his story.”

In research for the Bluewater Productions comic, D’Orazio was surprised to discover just how normal Snowden had been.

 

While writing “Beyond: Edward Snowden,” D’Orazio found it harder and harder to remain objective.

“My first intention was to make this a strictly objective educational comic on his life, but as I got further into the research I couldn’t help but feel more emotionally invested in various aspects of the narrative,” D’Orazio told Crave.

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