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2.0 out of 5 stars Half a Dozen Pages, March 10, 2012
This review is from: In the Shadow of No Towers (Board book)
I think that Spiegelman could write a serious piece on the aftermath of 9/11 but this is not it. This scant group of strips were written more as catharsis than examination. As a record of how many felt at the time, it's accurate. As an interesting story, it's empty. If these pages were in a collected work or a biographical work they would be of more interest than as a stand alone group. Using classic strip characters from the early 1900's is going to be emotionally distancing for some readers. While the art choice is Spiegelman's, the result is not always successful. It's hard to emotionally connect with a narrator holding you at such stylized length. Without the wide breadth of the city (or even Spiegelman's) experience the work comes off like a minor tract than a true statement. Niche market may love it but it won't appeal to many fans.
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