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DMZ, Vol. 2 by Brian Wood
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Mar 22, 09


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 us into the heart of the FSA. But this was not to be.

The good news: Wood and Burchelli throw a couple of curve-balls in the second inning of this critically acclaimed series. One character once thought dead turns up very much alive, a sexy US military liaison makes Matty an offer that he can’t refuse, and a Canadian reporter from a competing network finds Matty in the Manhattan subway to offer him a chance to tell the real story about life in the DMZ and the brutality and lies of the now much-diminished United States government. Ah, what webs Wood weaves. (Say that ten times fast.)

The last chapters in this volume – issues eleven and twelve in the series – shed light on Zee’s life in Manhattan in the first months of the war and the establishment of the DMZ (answering a few of the nagging questions from earlier), and provide an objective look at the places and players in the DMZ in magazine-style format. It’s reassuring to know that Wood has done his homework – so to speak – by creating a fully-realized near-future urban war-zone.

Without a doubt, this series just gets better and better with each story-arc. Ever and onward, Messieurs Wood and Burchelli.
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