Howard Chaykin Gets Political

This June, Image Comics will release Howard Chaykin’s newest series, The Divided States Of Hysteria, which explores the deep political divisions in the United States. Essentially, the series seems to be an exploration of what it would take to literally fracture the nation, according to the press release from Image Comics.

Howard Chaykin is the creator behind American Flagg!, Black Kiss, and takes on the Shadow, DC’s Silver Age spacefaring characters in Twilight, and the Challengers Of The Unknown. His art shows a strong design sense and shows the influence of the great illustrators Gil Kane, Robert Fawcett and Al Parker. As a young man, he apprenticed under Neal Adams, who helped the young artist get his first work at DC Comics. Star Wars fans may notably remember him as the artist that adapted A New Hope for the first time for Marvel Comics.

Here is the press release for the series which looks to be thought-provoking.


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.

Image Comics is pleased to announce that this June, creator Howard Chaykin (AMERICAN FLAGG!, BLACK KISS, SATELLITE SAM) will deliver THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA—a pulls-no-punches, dystopic suspense story about the dramatic downfall of the most formidable and globally far-reaching government the world has ever seen.

In THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA, a deeply troubled America is barely beginning to recover from a profound national trauma, only to be further destabilized by a worst-case terrorist attack.

“Black Kiss was banned in the UK and Canada—The Divided States of Hysteria may very well get me arrested here in the good ol’ USA,” Chaykin said of this raw, uncompromising vision of an all too familiar, all too near future America.

A powerful and profoundly unsettling new series echoing today’s political turmoil and the restlessness of a jaded society, Chaykin’s THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA is poised to upend what readers have come to expect from comics.

THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 (Diamond Code APR170684) hits stores on Wednesday, June 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 15th.