Wealhtheow's Reviews > DMZ, Vol. 4: Friendly Fire

DMZ, Vol. 4 by Brian Wood
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Jul 16, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: comics, pocmaincharacters, post-apocalyptic
Read in July, 2009

When American troops open fire on a peaceful protest, Matty Roth gets involved in the quest for the truth about what actually happened. Riccardo Burchielli's art is as bad as it usually is. There is a section drawn by Kristian Donaldson, who is not particularly good but at least doesn't sexualize every female in every scene, nor does zie rely upon gratuitous amounts of bodily fluids and harm.

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Wealhtheow I can't fault you for staying away from comics for that reason--it bothers me too. Some stories are good enough that I don't make a big deal about it. And some, like Sandman, Fables, Hellblazer, Books of Magic, Hopeless Savages, Scott Pilgrim, etc have both good writing AND drawings of bodies that are physically possible. (I'd recommend any of that list, btw, if you're ever looking to get back into sequential art.)

But none of DMZ has been all that good--not the writing NOR the art. I actually shook with rage at one point during the 3rd trade. The problem is, A)several friends whose taste I respect enjoy them (and lent them to me) and B)I really am fascinated by the idea of rebuilding/surviving within an urban wasteland. I keep getting drawn back into reading these because I want to see how they're growing food, what kind of social rules are springing up, that sort of thing. And periodically, Wood does give hints. But mostly it's just caricatures shooting at each other.

Hopefully I've managed to shake myself free of the chains, but I've heard the 5th book is Matty-free and focuses instead on the city itself, and I fear I might get lured in...

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