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Amazing Spider-Man #36: A Preview
© Kenn McCracken

On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists. By the end of the day, over 5000 people were dead or missing, and the World Trade Center's Twin Towers were dust and rock.

In Hollywood, films were altered, books were rescheduled or cancelled, album covers were pulled, all to remove mention and reminder of the tragedy. The effects were felt in comic books, too: storylines were rewritten, issues were pulled, violence and destruction was toned down.

In the Marvel Universe, much of the action takes place in New York City. The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers -- all are based there. It seemed at first that, in typical comic book tradition, the events of 9/11 would be glossed over, the landscape of the Marvel New York City altered without comment or notice.

Instead, though, J. Michael Straczynski, writer of Amazing Spider-Man, will broach the subject. Amazing Spider-Man #36 examines the hero's reaction to the terrorist attacks. The book will apparently go light on the dialogue and word balloons to focus on the emotional impact instead.

Amazing Spider-Man #36, by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita, Jr., hits stores on Wednesday, November 14.

Kenn McCracken is Comic Editor for RevolutionSF.

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