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Review Group #589 - The Divided States Of Hysteria #1

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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:38 pm

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The Divided States Of Hysteria #1

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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.


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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:39 pm

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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:27 pm

Before I get right into my review if this issue I figure it's probably a good idea to address the scene that kicked up a lot of controversy. I wasn't sure what I'd was getting myself into when I reached that scene. I don't think it was the best choice for Chaykin to include it, but, based on his history as a writer, I don't think I'd call it truly transphobic in nature. Basically the trans woman in the scene is a prostitute who almost gets raped and ends up killing her attackers in self defense. It's an act she get arrested for despite the self defense. The way the scene is written I didn't get the sense that the reader is supposed to look at Christopher Michael Silver (The character's full name as it was given in the panel showing her mug shot after her arrest) as a bad person. Having said all of this, the trans prostitute is more than a bit of a stereotype and it probably wasn't the best of ideas for Image to release this issue during Pride Week. I'd place the blame for that on Image itself though and not Chaykin. At worst, I'd say that the scene and the release date are tone def to certain realities, but I don't see any intended malice in it.

Now that that subject has been dealt with I'll give my opinion of the story itself. The issue is cut into a whole series of vignettes, most of which introduce the reader to a new character. Most of these characters are shown in events that lead to them being arrested. Between these scene is a series of vignettes featuring a CIA field officer named Frank Villa. Frank thinks that a terrorist attack on Washington DC is imminent. All of these scenes are quick and over and done with before the story moves onto another scene.

With all of these characters and scenes thrown into one issue, Chaykin seems to be trying to say a lot. That's the biggest problem I had with this issue in the end and why it didn't work for me. Chaykin is saying so much that in the end he doesn't give enough time to any of the scenes and ends up saying very little. It's an attempt at something that is sadly a failure in the end.

3 out of 10.

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