There's no way to avoid it – the tenth anniversary of the nightmare that was September 11, 2001 is this Sunday, and reflections will abound. Remembering where you were, what you were doing, and how this country was forever changed by the tragic madness.
It took nearly a decade, but earlier this year, the United States military finally brought justice to the Al-Qaeda figurehead Osama Bin Laden, and the heroics of Navy SEALTeam 6 are commemorated with the release of IDW's graphic novel Code Word: Geronimo, as told by retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain Dale Dye, a military insider and now a Hollywood consultant, along with Dr. Julia Dye. Code Word: Geronimo details the bravery involved in the raid on Bin Laden's compound in Abottabad, Pakistan along with a step-by-step accounting of the elite unit's actions as they finally brought a measure of closure to America's national trauma.
Sometimes, it's hard to think about what the world was like before 9/11. Even though the images and horrors sometimes still feel like yesterday, there was a time when America wasn't at war and constantly having our basest insecurities inflamed by the media and politicians alike. When our president lying about an affair was an impeachable offense, and long before countless violations of the Constitution somehow wouldn't even come close to scandalizing us that much. It was a much more carefree time, and a time a lot of us greatly miss.
As an example of helping us realize just how long ago that was – think about what was going on in comics at the time. One month prior, Grant Morrison's first issue of New X-Men came out, with Frank Quitely handling the artwork. These two would later team-up for All-Star Superman, which some consider to be both Morrison and Quitely's best work, but here, they were just starting to give us characters like Beak and Xorn. That feels like forever ago, doesn't it? If you'd like to reminisce or get a feel for how comics were back then, you can check out their first run in digital comic form, starting with New X-Men #114, over at Graphicly.com.