Comics have had a long history of poking the eye of the conventional observer. Fortunately, those are the kinds of books that never go out of style. I go looking for them from time to time to see what holds up and American Flagg definitely does. I like the books that take chances. I like the writers that make me think. I like the artists that make me uncomfortable. American Flagg does all of those things and no one gets away unscathed. That’s what makes this title continue to resonate decades later. What was pertinent in the Reagan Era still speaks to the concerns of today.
Not for the squeamish or easily offended, Howard Chaykin challenges his audience to peel back the curtain to find that nothing is ever what it seems. Chock full of gratuitous sex and violence and all manner of bigotry and excess, this futuristic noir depicts a world ruled by corporate governments where Nazis infiltrate the police, bike gangs murder freely to benefit television ratings, and the Russians try to influence American elections. Strangely prescient for a relic from the ‘80s.
Trust no one. They are all out to get you, and just when you think you have all the answers, you find out that you certainly do not. Challenge your expectations if you think you are up for it.