In the Shadow of No Towers

Art Spiegelman

I love Spiegelman’s Maus books, so I was interested in his response to 9/11. The book is very tall and printed on board. The pages were originally published as installments in several periodicals, but it was pretty disappointing to read it all at once. It is repetitive and lacks an overall narrative arc. Near the end it goes off on a more involved tangent of recalling old comic characters (which was present from the beginning). But I think it’s to be expected, as Spiegelman was making these pages in the midst of everything, and it was so impossible to see the bigger picture most times. And a lot of people burnt out and sought distractions in all sorts of things. It’s definitely not as profound as Maus to me, but an interesting perspective from someone who lived in lower Manhattan at the very least.