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DMZ, Vol. 11: Free States Rising (DMZ #11)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
With all his allegiances wiped away by the mistakes he's made, embedded journalist Matty Roth watches as the Free States of America and the US wage civil war on the island of Manhattan - also known as the DMZ. As Matty covers the battles on the ground, old allies and enemies resurface and Matty must prove that after all he's been through that he is a changed man. Will the ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Vertigo (first published March 2012)
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another solid volume, if a little too succinct. There's very little fat in this one as Wood takes the series into the home stretch. We start off here with a glimpse at how the Free States first took the Holland Tunnel and thus pushed for Manhattan becoming a DMZ in the first place. While I found this intriguing, it also felt a little flat. Seems like quite a task to fully lay out in just two issues how the Free States rose up and became a major force in the war. Also felt pretty unbelievable, as ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Collecting Issues #60-66 of the series, DMZ Volume 11: Free State Rising starts off with a 2 part prequel story set before the war broke about. The remaining stories are set in the present day storyline with Matty Roth back on the journalistic path as he is given special status to be a completely neutral reporter once again.

This leads him to being on the forefront of all the action as the war to win back New York City kicks into high gear. Stripped of his alliances due to his recent actions, Rot
Bosco Farr
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Remains amazing from start. Never faltering.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As witht he whole series, this is SO relevant to current times that it is almost painful to read.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This is where it all comes together. The first 2 issues are backstory on the FSA Commander from the Tunnel, the one Matty always finds himself tangled up with and trying to figure out. The story does a very good job of fleshing out a character who's essential to the whole series in many ways, but has been absent for quite a while (2 years in the story, ever since Parco Delgado was elected). He's no redneck hillbilly, but he's also no patriot. Like many others, he ends up in over his head, but ju ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I used to be a big fan of comics and graphic novels over thirty years ago, but haven't read any until recently, after purchasing a Kindle Fire and trying a few DC Comics in Kindle format. I received this book as part of a Good Reads giveaway. This not your typical comic book by any means. There are no super heroes here. Instead, this book posits a near-future civil war in the United States, waged between the military establishment and the "Free States of America" movement. Most of the action tak ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The penultimate volume of the excellent DMZ-series "Free States Rising" offers a major climax for the saga. The series has depicted a decade in the life of free reporter Matty Roth who has been reporting from Manhattan which has turned into a demitilarized zone in a future American civil war. In this volume the end of that war is in sight one way or the other; violent times threaten to tear up the DMZ unless the political checkmate it has become will be resolved in a not-so-obvious way.

Matty nee
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I raced through this way too fast to really appreciate it. Knowing this is the climax or downfall of the story, and wanting so badly to see some serious payoff for all the shit our characters have been through, I couldn't stop myself. I spent maybe 30 seconds on some gorgeous splash pages and covers, but otherwise just threw myself into the maw of the hell that grinds through the city in this book.

I felt sick afterwards - like everything I know was coming all started crawling up my esophagus all
Andrea Meijomil
En este tomo por fin descubrimos los orígenes de los Estados Libres de América. La primera parte está dedicada a cubrir todos los huecos de la historia sobre lo que ocurrió antes de que Manhattan se convirtiera en la DMZ. Sin embargo, la versión que nos dan sobre como un grupo de desarrapados consiguieron poner en jaque al gobierno de EEUU no termina de convencerme. Pese a todo es interesante conocer por fin al otro miembro de la guerra que tan ausente ha estado en las últimas entregas.

También n
Shannon Appelcline
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Free States Rising (60-61). A slow start to the volume. It's sort of nice to see how things got to where they are, but this is far enough off the beaten path of the storyline that I didn't care very much [5/10].

Free States Rising: Manhattan (62-65). It's great to see Matty working as a journalist again, and it's interesting to things really come together in this arc. I was pretty shocked by the ending, which seemed like the antithesis of much of the series, but I have to guess there's going to b
andrew y
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Remember how I said volume 10 was the best yet? I wish there was a 5.5 star option or something, because this volume was even better. I loved fleshing out the background of the Free States movement via everyone's favorite "commander". Definitely managed to get me emotionally invested in both him and the "others" as I've continually framed the Free States. Nothing is as simple as it seems, really, and this volume proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Why does this series have to end? Taking it ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The flashback portion of this volume is pretty interesting. However, it feels as if the author has run out of compelling stories to flesh out the conflict between the free states and the USA. It would be nice to see Matty interact with more people in the DMZ and less political posturing. It would also have been nice to see more about the tribunal that was prosecuting Parco. That being said this arc was entertaining and I enjoyed it very much. Although I disagreed with Matty's choice in the end, ...more
Koen Claeys
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Man, man, man... Vertigo was often labeled as the HBO of comics and a series as this does the label justice. "This is it. The U.S. Army is a boot grinding down....and when it lifts itself up, what will be left intact ?"
Another fine installment in which Wood succeeds in surprising the reader several times but these surprises feel logical because it's so fucking realistic. What is the value of truth ? That's the question Brian Wood seems to be asking...
Nuno Gil Franco
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
So, the conflict ends and while the name of the TPB refers more to the "origin" of the FSA, I kinda wished that it had referred to a call-to-arms, last-rally kinda thing for the FSA. It seems like they just folded a couple of volumes ago, with Parco, before the nuke. But this volume does present some interesting conflicts for Roth.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Back with a bang! (or a lot of explosions at least). The main story and the war plot lines are nicely closed out. Matty has to make a choice about the truth or the greater good.

The opening 2-part story with guest artist Shawn Martinbrough is excellent, giving us some background on the elusive FSA Lincoln tunnel commander.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
These just stay totally solid, volume after volume. You can always count on Brian Wood to slap you in the face with your own hypocrisy and the massive hypocrisy of this great nation. Not wild about the art this time, but the story was rad. Happy to see Zee again!!
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again, cool background on one of the weirder supporting characters. Simultaneously, that feeling of an impending conclusion and the wrap-up that accompanies it are palpable. It's well done, and the background on the Free States is actually done really well, too. I'm glad for the wait.
Dana *
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant issue, focused on how Matty has matured and learned to play the game. He may end up being the man who ends the war and keeps Manhattan together.

A nice inset story on Zee.

This series is brilliant and continues to deliver up to its final issue.
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
We finally get to see some of the lead-up to the civil war, follow Roth as he navigates through the invasion of Manhattan, and learn some of what Zee has been up to.

Still enjoying this as it approaches the end of the line with book 12 still to come.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This series remains solid as we get the back story on the FSA commander. And the final showdown between the FSA and the USA. Really enjoy the characters and the tough choices they need to make. No easy answers and a lot of grey. I would recommend this series.
David Bales
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Another installment in this graphic novel series with some insight on how the war started in flashbacks, as well as how it "seems" to be ending, with the U.S. military invading Manhattan. Full of confusing intrigue, where pretty much everybody is the bad guy.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, even though it was about war and destruction. I would like to know what happens next to the character, Parco Delgado. I enjoyed reading it. I won this book through the GoodReads FirstReads giveaway! Thanks!
Matt Kruse
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Solid start for the volume. I liked the look back at the national situation at the rise of the free states, and enjoyed the snapshots of world events scattered through the volume, but the last half just kind of fell flat for me.
Mar 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you.
James Targett
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another excellent instalment in the DMZ series. Interesting to see the story moving into the next phase of the campaign: reconciliation perhaps?
Nelly Paulina
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
these get better with absolutely every book. can't wait to dive into 12.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series really is staying strong as it nears the finish. The writing is gripping and the art is powerful. Chillingly, its scenario even feels increasingly plausible.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
After 10 years, the war is over. I think. There's one final volume of the series and they have to fill it with something.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
See Matty getting back to journalism is great.
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  • DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground
  • DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist
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