The Big Lie is the first of a line of books from Truth Be Told Comics, a group producing comic books based around the events of the 9/11 attack in New York. I was very interested to see how the creator, Rick Veitch (The Question, Daredevil), would handle a still uneasy subject like 9/11 in a comic book, and I had no idea what to expect, but I was certainly not expecting what was presented.
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist: Rick Veitch
Colors: Dominic Regan
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Cover: Thomas Yeates
Editors: Thomas Yeates and Brian Romanoff
The Big Lie tells the story of Sandra, a scientist, who has traveled back in time to September 11, 2001 to warn the world of the impending devastation and save the life of her husband, an executive working inside the World Trade Center who died during the attack. Sandra would fail to convince her husband and his colleagues, who are working on a new big budget film, and the tower is attacked, and people die. But don’t confuse that last sentence for a spoiler, because whether Sandra can succeed in her mission to save her husband or not is a pretty big afterthought. The real purpose of this story is to present the unanswered questions about why the attack happened and the government’s true involvement in the entire situation.
You may be thinking “Okay, it’s comic book propaganda by conspiracy theorists,” and you wouldn’t be wrong. It eventually comes off that way. The whole issue is a conversation between Sandra, her husband Carl, and his co-workers where Sandra presents evidence surrounding the attack, and the others ask questions about how such an occurrence would be possible in that day with all the surveillance from the CIA, FBI, and etc. The writer never directly points fingers at the government or President Bush and screams “The government was behind the attacks!”, but that’s basically what he is saying, and he does offer some very interesting and thought provoking points, which is the real goal of this title.
The whole issue is very wordy, which I understand, because the book is 95% conversation, and the art really serves the dialog rather than tell the story of these characters.
Whether or not you’ll find this book in good or bad taste really depends on how strong your opinions are on 9/11, the government, and possible conspiracies, but the writer never makes light of the attack or any victims. Don’t pick up The Big Lie #1 expecting a typical dramatic story of heroes or villains, but expect to put it down with a lot to think about. It’s definitely worth reading with an open mind.