The Divided States of Hysteria
An America sundered.An America enraged.An America terrified.An America shattered by greed and racism, violence and fear, nihilism and tragedy......and that's when everything really goes to hell.Collects the entire six-issue series by legendary creator HOWARD CHAYKIN.

The Divided States of Hysteria Details

TitleThe Divided States of Hysteria
Author
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534303836
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Comic Book

The Divided States of Hysteria Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    If there was a zero star option this would get it. The divided states of hysteria is bad. In every possible way. It's not just a bad story, because it is, but the art is TERRIBLE. It's hard to read, follow, and enjoy at all. I'm all for artist/writers expressing their opinion on current political affairs even if I don't agree. IN here Howard takes the largest sterotypes and places them on every character. It's his views on the world and how it's heading and what's happening. Stories such as a bu If there was a zero star option this would get it. The divided states of hysteria is bad. In every possible way. It's not just a bad story, because it is, but the art is TERRIBLE. It's hard to read, follow, and enjoy at all. I'm all for artist/writers expressing their opinion on current political affairs even if I don't agree. IN here Howard takes the largest sterotypes and places them on every character. It's his views on the world and how it's heading and what's happening. Stories such as a bunch of people fucking a prostitute who is a trans and then the prostitute is the one getting arrested. Another of a black man shooting a bunch of white people and then going to jail. Another of a bunch of woman, pregnant, blowing themselves up in the middle of a busy city. What this it all add to? What's it talking about? Nothing. It's like a empty story that tries to begin to pick up steam by adding in a detective and the president trying to figure it all out, the hysteria part, but it's so awfully done you can't help but laugh. The art is horrendous. You have twitter/text blobs all over the background of the page to say we're stuck on social media (get it guys, cause it's hip). Everybody in here is ugly and looks gritty for the sake of being gritty. Less said about this terrible art design the better. The story is written by someone who is honestly out of touch with reality if you ask me. It's like a guy who writes about what he HEARS instead of experiences. I honestly don't recommend this to anyone. This is by far the worst book I read of the year, and might be top 10 worst books I've ever read. A 0 out of 5.
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  • Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    The William Blake of comics did it again. Trust him to dissect the zeitgeist of this Trumpian times.
  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    Howard Chaykin’s recent work seems to have veered ever closer to being a pure howl of rage and fear at the state of the world, the short-sighted choices and squandered chances which have brought humanity to such a desperate situation. Like Midnight of the Soul, Divided States shows us a moment in which the worst of human nature is all too easy to see, albeit one in the worryingly near future rather than the all-too-recent past. As such, it brings back a sense of information overload, a deliberat Howard Chaykin’s recent work seems to have veered ever closer to being a pure howl of rage and fear at the state of the world, the short-sighted choices and squandered chances which have brought humanity to such a desperate situation. Like Midnight of the Soul, Divided States shows us a moment in which the worst of human nature is all too easy to see, albeit one in the worryingly near future rather than the all-too-recent past. As such, it brings back a sense of information overload, a deliberately cluttered design and a blur of where art ends and lettering begins that’s more reminiscent of his early work, and in particular American Flagg!, than the cleaner style, almost pulp pastiche, in which he’s tended to work recently. Also like Midnight of the Soul, it's a deliberately abrasive piece, unflinching in showing the worst of what people say and do to each other. And inevitably, given some people’s tendency to take depiction for endorsement, that was always going to get him into trouble sooner or later. But it remains curious that the plot element to kick off the shitstorm was the one he’s taken the most trouble to hedge around and emphasise as Very Much Not OK. Yes, the first issue did see one of the characters – a trans sex worker – take a beating from some piece of shit clients, and yes that in itself could be considered an example of an overplayed and unpleasant trope. But bear in mind that her narration for that scene establishes the culpability of TERF columnists as much as macho pricks in making her life more dangerous; that she gets her own back, the only justifiable crime among those which initially get the Dirty (half-)Dozen-style protagonists incarcerated; and that the book will go on to establish, repeatedly and forcefully, that misgendering is a dick move. Ah well; if nothing else, the furore will serve to confirm Chaykin’s view of a world where “The right desperately seeks to blame the other – any other – for their misfortunes, while the left devours its own in a grotesque parody of Stalinist party purity.” Which means his next book will be even more furious, and given the period pieces had been getting a little more stale, that’s no bad thing.
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  • Wim Dewilde
    January 1, 1970
    I was curious to find out what this comic was about.It appears to have been about how a good ol' bit of controversy can put a plainly poorly written & drawn comic into the spotlights.Presenting some current issues with the dial turned up to eleven could have been the backdrop for some solid storytelling, but it was not to be I suppose...Looking at the drawings, I pitied the people who had to embellish & colour this mess.
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