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John Wilkes Booth: Action Hero?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 17:11 GMT

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The man who famously killed President Abraham Lincoln was arguably kind of a hero.

Or so it seems in Booth (First Second), a graphic novel about John Wilkes Booth and the chaos, danger, and drama surrounding the American Civil War, out this April.

Author Catherine Clinton – pen name C.C. Colbert – hopes the gritty action novel gives people a new outlook on the American villain.

No matter how “distorted and twisted” Booth’s murder motives were, he fancied himself a “patriot” who truly believed that killing Honest Abe was going to help the south rise again.

Clinton says the “26-year-old who changed history” was also a beloved actor and bonafide ladies’ man. At the time of his death, Booth was involved with five different women.

Clinton hopes the graphic novel brings history to life and proves that the Civil War era was anything but boring.

In fact, it had all the makings of an epic thriller.