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Mr. Hyde
June 10th, 2006, 04:01 PM
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DMZ. (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=1401210627&itm=5)


WELCOME TO AMERICA'S SECOND CIVIL WAR


With overseas wars bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the United States. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, sparking a second American civil war, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand -- Manhattan. Or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.

Matty Roth, a naiive aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war correspondent 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 this savage war zone long enough to report the truth?

This an incredibly well drawn and even moreso better written story that evokes gritty realism in a way that leaves you with an awestruck expression and sense of anticipation as each page turns.

This is definitely a BUY.

10/10.

Dionysus
June 10th, 2006, 04:03 PM
http://www.starwars.ndo.co.uk/episodes4-6/yoda.jpg

Hmm...

Check this out, I will...

Mr. Hyde
June 10th, 2006, 04:04 PM
Forgot to add, there's a powerful image early on that sets the general tone for the rest of the graphic novel (GN). The image is Matty himself sitting against a wall with the phrase, "EVERY DAY IS 9/11" in a black circle nearby.

There's no heroes or villains in concrete terms. The US seems like a villain at first, but at the same time, the Free States aren't any better, and in the middle, the "insurgents" in Manhattan are just as bad as they attack anyone and everyone they don't know.

fatuitous
June 10th, 2006, 05:55 PM
I'm gonna check the library website. Looks good...

Edit: they don't have it, so sad

paintist
June 10th, 2006, 06:27 PM
At 128 pages it's a little too short for me to buy. But I'll definitely check that out. I certainly don't read enough fiction.

Mr. Hyde
June 10th, 2006, 07:18 PM
At 128 pages it's a little too short for me to buy. But I'll definitely check that out. I certainly don't read enough fiction.
It's an ongoing series. This is just the first issue.
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Here's some pics of DMZ.

Matthew "Matty" Roth.

http://www.newsarama.com/SDCC05/DC/Vertigo/DMZ/matty_charactermodel.jpg

Map of Area.

http://www.newsarama.com/SDCC05/DC/Vertigo/DMZ/DMZ_page1.jpg

Dionysus
July 7th, 2006, 12:27 PM
Bought it yesterday. Looks good so far.

Dionysus
July 14th, 2006, 11:35 PM
Addendum.

DMZ kicks ****ing ass. If you like comics at all, go buy this book.






NOW.

paintist
July 18th, 2006, 02:55 PM
Good on ya Dio. I checked it out myself and was able to read everything so far (the end of "Body of a Journalist" should be out on Aug 9th btw). It's pretty enjoyable but it lacks in a lot of places imho. It definitely falls into common comic-book archetypes, hope vs. despair and so on, and Wood could do a better job of how he represents the ideology of either side. Something better than your run-of-the-mill dichotomy of No-man's land versus Ignorant America.

It's a little too "television" and not enough Frank Miller-esque. But I'll definitely follow it.

Dionysus
July 19th, 2006, 12:07 AM
Good on ya Dio. I checked it out myself and was able to read everything so far (the end of "Body of a Journalist" should be out on Aug 9th btw). It's pretty enjoyable but it lacks in a lot of places imho. It definitely falls into common comic-book archetypes, hope vs. despair and so on, and Wood could do a better job of how he represents the ideology of either side. Something better than your run-of-the-mill dichotomy of No-man's land versus Ignorant America.True, but the trade was only 5 issues into it so I can forgive these shortcomings in the place of good character building, which is what's being done very well IMO (not to mention some very good environmental and social settings being built) It does have some pretty harsh political overtones as well, but that holds a certain appeal for me I suppose.


It's a little too "television" and not enough Frank Miller-esque. But I'll definitely follow it.As will I. Speaking of Miller, when did he stop writing good books and start producing soft porn?

Mr. Hyde
July 19th, 2006, 10:00 AM
Good on ya Dio. I checked it out myself and was able to read everything so far (the end of "Body of a Journalist" should be out on Aug 9th btw). It's pretty enjoyable but it lacks in a lot of places imho. It definitely falls into common comic-book archetypes, hope vs. despair and so on, and Wood could do a better job of how he represents the ideology of either side. Something better than your run-of-the-mill dichotomy of No-man's land versus Ignorant America.
I think right now, at least in the first issue, Wood just wanted to introduce everything and get us familiar with the characters and environment first. No one wants to be overloaded with everything in the first issue. But, the lack of real depth so far, from what I've read, into the politics of either side, goes well for leaving it ambiguous enough for either side to be the "Good guys" in the series.

It's a little too "television" and not enough Frank Miller-esque. But I'll definitely follow it.
I like that about it. I like Miller's work, but at the same time, I like that this isn't Miller-esque in nature.