After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001 - )

Charles Moss

The authors paint a portrait of the Bush Administration as fear mongers caught up in their own selfish quest to capture and execute Saddam Hussein.

After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001 - )

Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 978-0-8090-23
Contributors: Artist: Ernie Colón
Writer: Sid Jacobson
Length: 160 pages
Formats: Trade Paperback
US publication date: 2008-08-26

As George W. Bush winds down his very controversial presidency, it seems likely that he will be remembered most for his mishandling of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Almost eight years after the fact, Osama bin Laden is still at large. Despite promises from the Bush Administration that the most well-known terrorist in the world would be caught and punished for his crimes, he is still out there. Instead, Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s former dictator became the administration’s focus. He was successfully captured and executed a few years ago and since then, the Iraq War has limped on at the expense of thousands of American soldiers with no end in sight.

While President-Elect Barack Obama is hard at work picking members of his presidential cabinet and working to solve the nation’s economic crisis, many Americans still ponder how America, once the model for democracy and peace, has managed to sink so low into the quagmire that the Bush Administration once called Operation Iraqi Freedom. That’s where comic book veterans Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón come in.

Almost two years to the day after the release of their revolutionary graphic novel, The 9/11 Commission Report: A Graphic Adaptation the collaborators released their highly-anticipated follow-up in August. After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001- ) illustrates in true comic book form the barrage of missteps taken by the Bush Administration following the events of 9/11.

This time, rather than use government documents a la’ The 9/11 Commission Report, Jacobson and Colón relied on coverage from major news outlets all over the world. The familiar stories you’ve seen, heard, and read: from America’s hunt for Osama bin Laden to the invasion of Iraq, are brought back to life through Colón’s vivid, full-color drawings that depict the war’s key players as accurately as if the reader were watching it on television.

In retelling the events of the seven years since the attacks on America, the authors chose only what they felt to be the most important details, painting a portrait of the Bush Administration as fear mongers caught up in their own selfish quest to capture and execute Saddam Hussein. The beauty in this kind of adaptation is that what unfolds is not a fabricated opinion of what the authors think happened during this time but instead, clear-cut facts that neatly package all of the major events ranging from September 11, 2001 to the printing of this book in June 2008. That’s seven years of government fabrications, political scandals, natural disasters, public opinion polls, war casualties and political elections. Like Bush’s War on Terror, After 9/11 concludes with no end in sight. Providing updates right up to the book’s printing, Colón and Jacobson manage to provide much-needed clarity to a war often compared to Vietnam.

Today, the war in Iraq rages on. With only weeks away until Obama is sworn in as the new President of the United States, the American people will have to trust that they made the right decision. With so much at stake, let’s hope the new President has learned from the past; that he is wiser in this post-9/11 society. He’s made a promise that he will end the War in Iraq and that his administration will capture and punish Osama bin Laden. If Obama keeps that promise, perhaps we should expect another comic book sequel; this time, one with a definite end.





How the Template for Modern Combat Journalism Developed

The superbly researched Journalism and the Russo-Japanese War tells readers how Japan pioneered modern techniques of propaganda and censorship in the Russo-Japanese War.


From Horrifying Comedy to Darkly Funny Horror: Bob Clark Films

What if I told you that the director of one of the most heartwarming and beloved Christmas movies of all time is the same director as probably the most terrifying and disturbing yuletide horror films of all time?


The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.


'Modern' Is the Pinnacle of Post-Comeback Buzzcocks' Records

Presented as part of the new Buzzcocks' box-set, Sell You Everything, Modern showed a band that wasn't interested in just repeating itself or playing to nostalgia.


​Nearly 50 and Nearly Unplugged: 'ChangesNowBowie' Is a Glimpse Into a Brilliant Mind

Nine tracks, recorded by the BBC in 1996 show David Bowie in a relaxed and playful mood. ChangesNowBowie is a glimpse into a brilliant mind.


Reaching for the Sky: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Bruce Sudano

How did Bruce Sudano become a superhero? PopMatters has the answer as Sudano celebrates the release of Spirals and reflects on his career from Brooklyn Dreams to Broadway.


Inventions Conjure Mystery and Hope with the Intensely Creative 'Continuous Portrait'

Instrumental duo Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions in the Sky) release their first album in five years as Inventions. Continuous Portrait is both sonically thrilling and oddly soothing.


Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch Are 'Live at the Village Vanguard' to Raise Money for Musicians

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch release a live recording from a 2018 show to raise money for a good cause: other jazz musicians.


Lady Gaga's 'Chromatica' Hides Its True Intentions Behind Dancefloor Exuberance

Lady Gaga's Chromatica is the most lively and consistent record she's made since Born This Way, embracing everything great about her dance-pop early days and giving it a fresh twist.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Street Art As Sprayed Solidarity: Global Corona Graffiti

COVID-19-related street art functions as a vehicle for political critique and social engagement. It offers a form of global solidarity in a time of crisis.


Gretchen Peters Honors Mickey Newbury With "The Sailor" and New Album (premiere + interview)

Gretchen Peters' latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, celebrates one of American songwriting's most underappreciated artists. Hear Peters' new single "The Sailor" as she talks about her latest project.


Okkyung Lee Goes From Classical to Noise on the Stellar 'Yeo-Neun'

Cellist Okkyung Lee walks a fine line between classical and noise on the splendid, minimalist excursion Yeo-Neun.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.