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Body of a Journalist (DMZ #2)

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America's worst nightmare has come true. Having neglected the threat of anti-establishment militias, the U.S. government is in danger of losing control. Middle America has violently risen up, coming to a standstill at Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.

Matty Roth, a naïve, aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into th

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Hardcover, 166 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books
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Jeff
Volume one was good, but this volume (2) makes a huge jump in quality and world building. Some loose ends from the first volume are tied up in an excellent story arc involving Matty’s father* and the two opposing elements here: the US government and the Free States of America. Events that led up to NYC becoming the DMZ are explored through the character of Zee. Life and the culture that has sprung up in wartime Manhattan since the American Civil War started is explored in the excellent final iss...more
Joseph
Jul 02, 2011 Joseph rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comics-fans and News-junkies
Given away (to Craig?)

See also my review of the first volume.

Most of the book deals with the abduction of a journalist and the ways in which the government tries to use his experience as a propaganda tool, but this kind of forced drama just seems to squander the potential of the book's central idea.

I guess it's "urban," or "street," or "gritty and realistic" to have the government be willing to kill innocent people as an excuse to fight a war, but it's not particularly fresh or exciting. Maybe i...more
Jan
Economic inequality in the United States has grown rapidly since the 1980's. A few facts: By the year 2007, the country's richest 1% owned no less than 34.6% of the country's overall wealth, while the poorest 40% had to make do with only 0.3% of their country's wealth. More and more people are falling into poverty, and the consequences are devastating. By the year 2010, for example, U.S. American women had the lowest life expectancy among the women of all forty-one so-called developed countries....more
Craig
Enjoyed the personal story and many of the politics, but the back story of the history leading up to this point is spotty at best and ludicrous at worst. One must believe that everyone in the mountain states is a gun toting libertarian to swallow the premise that no one stood up to the free armies as they started their campaign. As someone who has lived much of their life in Wyoming (and a big chunk in New York as well), I just don't see it going down the way it is portrayed here. There are enou...more
Gavin
This fantastic series continues here, with rookie photo-journalist Matty having now been in the DMZ for nearly a whole year. Suicide bombers, kidnappings, food and water rationing...NYC just like Iraq/Afghanistan. Terrorism, resistance, government manipulation, competing media trying to get the scoop by any means necessary, and the real issue, the condition of the people living in the DMZ, just forgotten amidst the chaos of the powerplays.

This is an angry book, written by someone who has watched...more
Wealhtheow
America is in the midst of a civil war, and New York City is a battle ground popularly called the DMZ. Matty, who grew up a privileged annoying richwhitestraightable guy, is still pretty privileged and annoying in the DMZ. The plot is weak and certainly not novel. The art is typical Vertigo--lots of harsh lines, cross-hatching, gratuitous female nakedness (without matching sexy male nakedness). An obese woman in a bikini is blown apart in the opening scene. There's a whole page of a guy getting...more
Mark Desrosiers
First of all, no matter how high I suspend my disbelief, I still can't get with Brian Wood's notion that apocalyptic war zone NYC could also serve as some hippie vegan organic utopia. Second, the protagonist here -- one Matty Ross -- has to be the dullest major character I've seen in recent comics. All he does is scowl, vomit, and explode with diarrhea. And finally, there's DMZ issue #12, entitled "New York Times" (ha ha), which is supposed to be a homemade Lonely Planet guide to post-NYC's rubb...more
Shannon Appelcline
Body of a Journalist (6-10). This is another great story that really brings to a head the problems that we’ve already seen Matty having with the US gov’t and his network —and it does it with a high level of excitement and shock. When I originally read this series, I remember thinking it was slow, but now it feels totally compressed to me (dedecompressed?). [8/10].

Zee, NYC (11). This is a nice character piece of Zee and also a great way to show off the history of the DMZ [7+/10].

New York Times (1...more
Honeybadger
I really enjoyed the second installment of the DMZ. Gritty, a bit heavy-handed in it's comparison of Manhattan to Kabul, but very readable. I enjoy the short side-stories more than the main plot. The main character is OK, at least he's not a super-hero a-la Spider Jerusalem. One thing the series does really well is generate empathy for the occupied. It really makes you think about all the insurgents around the world that have sprung up during America's "War on Terror". As well as all the regular...more
Felicia
Great followup to the first. Loved it. Definitely provocative and timely.
Michael
Enjoyable story line that is completely plausible which is what makes the exploration of these ideas so interesting. The way the people on the island have broken into little factions or tribe like groups is how people are going to react when things go down. I firmly believe people with similar backgrounds and interests will group together for comfort and safety. I also appreciate the mention of little gardens tucked away here and there in order to maintain self sufficiency and supply food for th...more
Dufour
The second chapter of Wood's DMZ ups the ante by digging into the news media's specific role in the conflict between the FSA and the USA. Wood, who I seem to remember having a background in design and in the media, uses this story to explore the blurry lines journalists often find themselves in war zones. And since this is New York, a war zone not commonly expected, the results are compelling and incredible to experience.

I like how Wood teases out more and more backstory to how the FSA split fro...more
Erik
First off, the bad news: When volume one ended with photojournalist Matty Roth standing stupefied at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel – this being the border separating the DMZ and the USA from the Free States of America on the mainland – I was fully anticipating his journey in the heart of darkness. Much to my surprise, volume two picks up weeks (if not months) later with Matty back in his Manhattan digs, continuing to report from the front lines in the DMZ. Oh, how I wanted to Wood to take u...more
Aaron
If this volume is any indication of things to come, this series is going to be very good. While the first volume dealt with exploring and setting up life in the DMZ, this one spins fully into the conflict at hand and how the various forces are playing off of each other. I'm still not fully satisfied with the explanation for how the new US Civil War broke out. The brief description we get in this volume is better than the nothing we had in the previous volume, but it felt like Wood was scrambling...more
Ryan
The second volume of DMZ finds Matty Roth back in the warzone that is Manhattan, reporting from the front lines of America's second civil war. In doing so, he has to try to avoid becoming the story - and, as both the military and the residents of the DMZ want to use him against each other, it's difficult to do. Matty has to balance surviving against staying true to his journalistic integrity and avoid becoming a weapon in the war.

Much like the first volume, DMZ continues to be a gritty, edgy sto...more
Lucy
Jul 16, 2009 Lucy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of 100 Bullets, Ex Machina
Recommended to Lucy by: Offbalance
The first volume was a pretty basic introduction to the world of DMZ Manhattan. The reader--and Matty--were literally dropped into the middle of a war zone and left to basically figure things out as we went along.

This volume gets more interesting, with two real story arcs. Matty's story, of playing all sides and trying to stay sane and healthy and keep the DMZ from getting invaded, is a great place to pick up with. It's interesting to see how he's grown, both as a person, a reporter and a surviv...more
Michael
This book, which collects issues #6-12, deals a little more specifically with the second civil war that has turned Manhattan into a no-man's-land. The origins of the war are certainly implausible - and it's definitely odd that Matty Roth remembers 9/11 as a more poignant, disrupting event than anything that has happened since (in his country, where New Jersey and west has been taken over by militias). Wood has certainly still left the rest of the country as a blank slate. We know what life is li...more
Jennifer
Oct 22, 2007 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Graphic Novel fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is volume 2 of Wood's DMZ series, which I believe currently has three volumes. Or rather three trade paperbacks I should say, because I think it started as a comic. The premise of the series is that Manhattan is a de-militarized zone between the Free States Army (FSA), a sort of Michigan Militia on steroids, and what remains of the United States. In the first volume, fresh-faced journalist Matty Roth ends up stranded in the DMZ, only to find a vibrant culture and community manages to surviv...more
Lani
*** Review copied from my review of Vol 1 since I read them one right after the other ***

Recommended by a friend when he saw that I was excited about Brian Wood taking on the new all lady XMen team. He lent me the first 2 trades and I devoured them.

DMZ follows an almost accidental journalist dropped into NYC when it has become a no man's land of the latest civil war. There's action, but there's also plenty of time spent wandering the streets and highlighting the humanity of a city that is effect...more
Matt
Another good volume. Burchielli's art matures, though Wood's writing is still stuck in this weird neo-hipster phase. He has decent plotting skills, and the characters (though almost uniformly unlikable) have depth, but he feels the need to pepper everything he writes with references to very hipster-ish tastes, something that dates the series far more than the political situation that defines the story.

While we're on that topic...at least at the beginning, DMZ is a comic that is very much of its...more
Elizabeth
Sep 01, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Maria
Set about a year after Volume 1, this contains a multi-issue arc (#6-10) in which Matty gets stuck liaising between the FSA (Free States of America) and the U.S. government. Things get even more complicated, and dangerous, than expected, and Matt comes into his own more -- and becomes more a part of the DMZ.

Wilson tells Matt, "You're the symbol now" [not Viktor Ferguson, the renowned journalist Matty was interning for when he first arrived in the DMZ] and argues, I remember when journalists actu...more
Travis
The second volume of DMZ has Matty becoming less of an outsider to the DMZ and becoming and important part of the DMZ.

DMZ is very much inspired by the way media covers War. Probably most influenced by the first Gulf War in the way that you could tune into it and see firsthand combat unlike any other War or conflict before it. The second volume of DMZ primarily deals with the politics of of being a journalist embedded in a War Zone.

Matty discovers in this volume that he is a vital part of the DM...more
Lobeck
Characters in this story are either a) pissed off about the war and running around with guns or b) stoked about their careers and home tofu businesses that are a result of this neat post-apocalyptic-like lifestyle. Again, I have to wonder where the broken, traumatized people are in this war zone. The final issue with notes on the neighborhoods and people of the DMZ appears to be a way of showing off all the neat background story the author created for the series. The back story on Zee is interes...more
Cameron
The episodes 1-4 parts of this volume maintain the story are as strong as the first volume - the only weak note is the sudden introduction of another reporter on the ground - it comes across as a magic plot convenience. Will be interested to see how it devvelops over the next couple of volumes to see if the "laziness" can be forgiven.

However the last 2 1-shot episodes bring my rating down. The 5th part focussing on Zee didn't really work for me stylistically, and the 6th part "Year 1 Report" is...more
Mikael Kuoppala
After the promising but not yet quite honed "On the Ground" Brian Wood continues the DMZ saga with "Body of a Journalist" and heck does he fly with this one! The second volume depicts our hero Matt's process of settling into the war zone, building contacts and finding out exactly how a place where everyone fights for survival works. What he finds is interesting, plausible and very relevant to a lot of things that have happened and are happening around the globe.

Wood writes sharply and manages to...more
Monk
This particular iteration of the DMZ series notes worthy attention for just one single issue that is collected within it. The story and characters and world all bind together to make the story what it is, and the final issue which is nothing more than Matty Roth's 'Guide to the DMZ' is nothing short of awesome.

For those who want more details, this covers the story of Matty finding out that the lead reporter and general all-round douchebag who abandoned him in the DMZ is not in fact dead and is b...more
Robert
The story line continues in a good pathway. The graphics are decent. But wait! What do we have here? At the end of the story it seems the author cut the story short, whether on purpose or not I do not know. I realize that the story continues in the next saga yet perhaps the author cut it short for the filler at the end. And this is good stuff. Background on the characters and the war, what started it and all. Yet there is a problem, and perhaps this may be because of my advanced age. The print o...more
Bryce Holt
Of the first three installments, this one got me the most. I felt that the world of the Manhattan DMZ really became alive around the second comic installment in "Body of a Journalist," and the relationships forged between Matty and his associates on both sides of the war as well as his co-inhabitants in the DMZ was really well composed...beautiful almost. You begin to see the man that Matty is becoming, and it's better than the kid he was when he started this journey just 1 book ago.

After search...more
Courtney
Matty Roth has made a home and a name for himself in the DMZ. He now has contacts, protection and a reputation for telling it like it is. But things start getting difficult when the rebel "Free States" reveal a surprising hostage and use Matty to air their demands. Matty becomes caught in a dangerous situation, but the threat isn't from the rebels or the inhabitants of the DMZ; it's the US government. Unwilling to be a pawn, Matty is determined to reveal the truth and prevent a possible catastro...more
Jared
This takes the set-up of the first volume and expands it to hook you in, having our main character being played by both sides of the Second Civil War.

If I can pick out a possible complaint, it's the last issue in the trade, which is interesting to a point, but I'd imagine would be off-puting for some people if they're reading it more for the characters then for just how exactly Manhatten would fall and sorta pick itself up after being blown up to hell, espicially if they were reading on an issue...more
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