Rebellion’s Battle imprint is to bring the stories of the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to the direct comics market with Operation: Overlord #1.
The international best-selling graphic novel series by writers Michael Le Galli and Bruna Falba and artist Davide Fabbri, translated into English for the first time, is being published in a four-issue mini-series for comic book stores from this May.
Issue one, focusing on American forces fighting around the French town of Saint-Mere-Eglise, will hit comic book stores on 29th May. It will be available for stores to order from the April Previews magazine from Diamond Distribution.
The acclaimed bandee desinee series tells four extraordinary tales of heroism set during the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944. Each 48-page issue is a stand-alone story, set in separate locations such as Saint-Mere-Eglise, Merville, and of course Omaha Beach.
The largest amphibious landing in history, Operation: Overlord – popularly known as ‘D-Day’ – saw American, British, Canadian, and Free French forces storm four separate beaches on the north French coast as the opening gambit in the Allied invasion of Europe.
The whole series has been drawn by Davide Fabbri, an artist well known for his Star Wars comics for Dark Horse and, more recently, his Hellblazer run at DC Comics.
Series editor Oliver Pickles said: “I am really looking forward to bringing Operation: Overlord to an Anglophone audience for the first time – the series has been hugely popular in France, with each book focusing on a different event of the D-Day landings, for instance there is a whole 48 page issue dedicated to the Omaha Beach assault by Easy Company.
“Being able to publish such an acclaimed series for the direct market, and especially under the imprint of Battle, is a fantastic opportunity to bring new stories and new comics to a much wider audience.”
Operation: Overlord #1 will be on sale on 29th May from comic book stores, retailing at £4.99/$6.99