DMZ #1
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DMZ #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Riccardo Burchielli, Brian Wood Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 9, 2005 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 4
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Welcome to America's Second Civil War...

Matty Roth, a naive young man and aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he's only seen on television. There, he is faced with a choice: try to find a way off the island, or make his career with an assignment most journalists would kill for. But can he survive in a war zone long enough to report the truth?

  • 10
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 1, 2007

    By accompanying him on a trip to this strange but all-too possible vision of Manhattan, Brian Wood also takes the reader around the world and through time. We visit My Lai in Vietnam, and we spy on soldiers in Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Wood offers no judgments about the past war crimes, the memories of which this story elicits. He does acknowledge the unjust horrors that have been carried out in the midst of war, but he also acknowledges that in many instances, they're committed with regular joes who have been immersed in Hell on earth. They are ordinary people in circumstances that would drive any ordinary person insane. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Dec 9, 2005

    The set-up of this first issue bodes very well for the future of the series, providing a very three-dimensional and sympathetic protagonist, a cast of interesting characters, and an opportunity for the story to go in all kinds of directions after that final page. It also opens our eyes to a different side of war which might not be as palatable as the black-and-white politics which are presented through the media, but which deserves just as much examination. Im keen to see this series proceed, and Im hoping to be equally as challenged and entertained by future issues as I was by this impressive debut. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Nov 18, 2005

    These aren't fatal flaws by any means, but they do make it very difficult to engage with the story; it tries to present itself as a gritty political satire, but undermines that with overly hip embellishments. There's still a great deal of interesting stuff going on, and I'll be interested to see how the story progresses, but the affected coolness is almost impenetrable. Read Full Review

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