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DMZ vol #1 [20060807|09:18]
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I recently bought DMZ vol #1: On the Ground by Brian Wood (brianwood), and I'm blown away by the quality of the artwork and the writing in this graphic novel. I've been a fan of Wood's since I first read The Couriers but DMZ has a depth of expression of political awareness that I think didn't manifest as well in some of the earlier works.



The story plunges into the middle of a future America engaged in the second Civil War. Green photojournalist Matty Roth gets dumped in Manhattan, now the DMZ (demilitarized zone), during a botched operation on his first day as an intern. He and his equipment manage to carve out an existence, and to broadcast stories, with a believable blend of adaptability and fallibility. The attention to geographic detail subtly enriches the story, grounding the settings for the reader who is less familiar with the locations than Wood obviously is. The combination of good will and self-interest that informs the responses of the DMZ denizens whom Matty encounters prevents the story from falling into the traps of doomsaying pessimism or saccharine optimism. If you like apocalyptic fiction (and you don't mind a bit of gore), buy this. I loved it.
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[User Picture]From: guyinahat
2006-08-07 12:25 (UTC)
Damn you!

I had to go and buy it.
(and buy enough other things to make up to free delivery)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-08-08 08:47 (UTC)
I have no regrets. What else did you choose?
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-08-07 13:41 (UTC)
Snagged. Cool.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-08-08 08:47 (UTC)
Excellent! I hope you enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: kreie
2006-08-07 15:17 (UTC)
I have to say, I read a teaser of the first few pages some time ago and wasn't impressed, but I'll probably pick it up and give it a go now.

PS: If you haven't already, Transmetropolitan.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-08-08 08:51 (UTC)
I think the story finds its footing when Matty enters the DMZ, which is after the first few pages, naturally.

I have. I wanted to be Spider Jerusalem for a while there.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2006-08-07 15:48 (UTC)
The first time I read this I thought "WOW! DMX does graphic novels? That's pretty progressive for a rapper."

I'm kind of retarded.
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2006-08-08 05:26 (UTC)
oooooooh but this comment made me laugh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-08-08 08:58 (UTC)
Well, there is a fair amount of the old ultraviolence in this graphic novel, which might make him happy, but I think he might object to the lack of booty.
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2006-08-08 05:51 (UTC)
i am such a bad fan. i still havent read it. dont tell.




ps, arent we supposed to dress up as our favorite wood created characters (you do special, i'll do jennie) at some point and take pictures and/or go to comicon as such? i think this should be a goal. dig. amen, fucking a.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-08-08 08:59 (UTC)
Shocking. My lips are sealed.

We are supposed to do that. Comic-con is over this year but maybe next. Must plan.
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