The Big Lie: 6th Most Controversial Comic Book of 2011

Truth Be Told Comics  Jan 15, 2012

The Big Lie has been awarded a 6th place standing in the most controversial comic books of 2011!

The 11th Annual Rumour Awards, presented by Bleeding Cool, has named The Big Lie as the only title from Image Comics to make the list for most controversial comics of 2011.

Veteran artist and writer Rick Veitch teamed up with other veterans of the industry; Thomas Yeates for the cover and editing; Gary Erskine for inks; Dominic Regan on colors and Annie Parkhouse lettering to create The Big Lie. Brian Romanoff, new to the comic book industry, assisted in editing and fact-checking. Produced by Truth be Told Comics and published by Image Comics, The Big Lie was released on September 7th, 2011 – days before the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Among the 12 comics awarded a placing, The Big Lie is notable due to its story content that brings readers back to the day of September 11th, 2001.

Essentially recapping the events of 9/11 with a dramatic fictional approach of time travel, The Big Lie covers facts like; foreknowledge of the attacks; interesting business relations to the Saudi Royal Family; missing air defense; FBI agents trying to warn their superiors; and WTC 7 among other amazing details.

Bleeding Cool awarded the Controversial Comic book awards, the descriptions offered were short, but hyperlinked to more information:

 #6 The Big Lie by Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine was another 9/11 publication, one that saw a scientist travelling back in time to save her husband from death on that very day. But in doing so, it also laid out a number of versions of events more commonly embraced by the “Truther” movements. So, yes, that was certainly going to get coverage.

However, The Big Lie was not the only comic in the group of 12 mentioned to deal with a 9/11 theme or background to the story. Two other comic books offered completely different approaches to 9/11.

Frank Miller’s long-awaited graphic novel, Holy Terror, received 7th place directly behind The Big Lie. Holly Terror originally was set to have Batman fighting Al Qaeda, however due to more than one problem that was cancelled so Frank could introduce a new character: The Fixer. Reading reviews about Holy Terror, one can’t escape the feeling that not too many people liked it.

David Brothers at Comics Alliance wrote this about Holy Terror:

The Fixer is openly bigoted towards Muslims; torture is portrayed as something  that is thrilling; Islam is explicitly and exclusively depicted as something out  of the Dark Ages, and the word “Al-Qaeda” isn’t mentioned until something like  eighty-five pages in. As a result, the enemy in Holy Terror is not so  much the terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda, but the religion of Islam. Miller  fuels the fire when he portrays an ex-Mossad agent, David, as an ally and  galvanizing force for The Fixer. David has a blue Star of David tattooed on his  face. That was around the point where I wanted to put the book down forever and  pretend like it never happened, to be perfectly frank.

Bosch Fawstin’s The Infidel #1 took 12th place. A short description of The Infidel is provided by the artist:

THE INFIDEL is about twin brothers Killian Duke and Salaam Duka whose Muslim background comes to the forefront of their lives on 9/11. Killian responds to the atrocity by creating a counter-jihad superhero comic book called PIGMAN, as Salaam fully surrenders to Islam. Pigman’s battle against his archenemy SuperJihad is echoed by the escalating conflict between the twins.

The differences from The Big Lie to Holy Terror and The Infidel are obvious from the cover of the comics to the story inside. Many readers and reviewers have noticed this about The Big Lie:

“There are likely to be a number of lazy September 11th comics. those who play up the shock angles from a variety of viewpoints. The Big Lie, despite being embedded in Truther arguments, is a stunningly comprehensive and cohesive narrative that entertains, infuriates and convinces on all levels.” – Rick Johnston, Bleeding Cool


“Rick Veitch wants you to think about things. Specifically, the writer/artist wants readers to think about the events of 9/11.”

“No stranger to writing about 9/11 with 2007′s “Can’t Get No” Vertigo graphic novel already under his belt, Veitch still finds he has something to say about the tragedy and its effect on the nation.”  – TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources


“Rick Veitch’s all-but-documentary tale on 9/11, starting in the first issue of The Big Lie, recaps material that has been done in documentary form, but primarily on internet-distributed videos. Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11 did touch on the Bush family’s comfy relationship to the Saudis, and the Bin Laden family in particular, but none of the real questions about the structural integrity of the buildings, anomalies in how they were brought down, or even the question of why the evidence was destroyed before a normal forensic examination could be made, well — none of those questions are even allowed in “mainstream” media. ” – Mark London Williams, SF Site


“Ultimately, time travel and intense drama aren’t the only literary hallmarks utilized in the pages of The Big Lie; Veitch and company also tap a familiar comicbook storytelling device in the form of American icon Uncle Sam, who becomes the story’s narrator, it’s “Uncle Creepy” if you will, and helps move the story forward. As the story plays out, each detail about the events leading up to 9/11 are discussed in a clear-headed fashion, and presented with the members of the risk-management team verifying all of the details.”

“Needless to say, some of the rhetoric espoused in the book seems to play into Truther rants that have the government capitulating with the Terrorists (even perhaps setting on their tasks, in order to set off some sinister agenda against the citizens of the United States). Still, the underlying point of this comic is to get the reader to look at the events of that day through a different lens, and to question what they have been told by government and sanctioned media sources. To that end, the story succeeds in its endeavor. Sure it is easy to accept what we’ve been told — it is also easy to accept the “facts” of this comic, still the message is clear — question everything, and then make up their own mind.” – Robert Sodaro,

The Big Lie is backed up by an impressive interactive-citations page that offers links and more detailed information for the many facts presented in the story… help settle the controversy.

Order your copy of The Big Lie today!

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