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DMZ, Vol. 1 by Brian Wood
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Jun 14, 09

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Read in June, 2009

A wonderful commentary on war. DMZ takes place during the second US Civil War. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), as is often the case, is a battleground between the two sides (the US Military and the Free States militia) in an attempt to control the middle ground. The DMZ, though, is Manhattan. And while most of the population has left (or been killed), many have not.

The story follows Matty. An young, apathetic photojournalist who finds himself stranded on the island after his assignment gets a little off-course. Along the way, Matty documents the stories of the Manhattan locals who are doing their best to survive in a war between two sides that don't care about their survival.

Both the writer and the artist do an amazing job with this book. The writer has created characters that seem to be cold from years of war and detachment, yet there is still a great deal of hope and static emotion in their actions and interactions. I usually prefer black and white graphic novels, but the artist has really done an amazing job at creating mood and a sense of place that is identifiable. Together, they really bring war home.

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