‘Rogue State’ Arrives In Stores As A Disgraced President Returns To The Spotlight

by Brendan M. Allen

Stranger Than Fiction, and more poignant than ever, ‘Rogue State’ series debut arrives in stores today, following Trump’s bid for a return to power.

Chuck D of Public Enemy says

The concepts Matt is presenting here are so familiar they should be terrifying

What if a contested Presidential election plunged America into turmoil…again? What if political violence consumed the streets? And what if a raging Supreme Court, in a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment, legitimized and deputized all militias—transforming the entire country into a paramilitary police state?

What if a freedom fighter emerged from the chaos, raised a civilian army, and carved out a territory across the United States–pushing out police, militias, and National Guard… enforcing its own laws… sovereign. What if one comic book writer presented such a terrifyingly realistic view of the future, that you could see tomorrow’s headlines playing out on the pages of a new series out TODAY.

“This is an amazing and crucial moment in the history of comics. It’s a real renaissance for socially relevant and politically challenging comic books and graphic novels, but at the same time these books are facing more attacks, lawsuits, and bans than they have in a generation,” said Matteo Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios and the writer of Rogue State. “Researchers are pointing out the explosion in book banning has been disproportionately impacting graphic novels–and whether it’s Maia Kobabe’s powerful Gender Queer, Art Spiegelman’s incredible Maus, Alison Bechdel’s moving Fun Home, or Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s piercing V For Vendetta, it’s clear that deeply personal and fearlessly political comics and graphic novels are capturing imaginations across our polarized world. There’s never been a more robust range of comics and graphic novels speaking to the demand for social and political change than right now.”

Three-part variant cover by Chuck D. of Public Enemy

In Rogue State, a crew of young vigilantes will rise against a paramilitary police state robbing Americans of their rights. The ongoing series tells the story of Vya Of Brightstars, a mysterious figure rising from the unrest, and Clara Cruz (aka Dust Girl), who becomes activated in Vya’s movement when her fiancée Taylor Sanchez is disappeared as militias take over their Mission District neighborhood. But are Vya and Dust Girl freedom fighters or terrorists? Either way, their rogue state will not just blaze a path across America, it will also inspire others to raise their own armies… some in solidarity, others in opposition.

The first issue of Rogue State is available from Black Mask Studios TODAY, with the special variant drawn by Chuck D himself available exclusively from your favorite comic book shop in extremely limited quantities. 

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