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DMZ Vol. 1: On the Ground Paperback – June 7, 2006
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His work on company-owned and licensed work includes Star Wars, The X-Men, Conan The Barbarian, and Aliens. In his previous career as a graphic designer, his clients included Rockstar Games, Eidos Interactive, Nerve, and Nike.
He is most known for work dealing with near-future world building, but also for historical fiction, scifi, and female-friendly YA, all with strong socio-political topics and identity themes.
Brian lives in Brooklyn, NYC with his family.
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Photojournalist intern Matty Roth received his dream assignment when he was picked to accompany a veteran reporter into Manhattan. What is so special about Manhattan? Five years after the start of the war between the United States and the Free States (described only as "New Jersey and inwards"), Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone (DMZ), or a no-man's land. Very few people remain on the island. Some of them are sentries from either army while most of them are poor and/or stubborn people who cannot or will not leave their homes. The island is in ruins; most of the skyscrapers have been destroyed, Central Park is a barren wasteland, and the chances of being picked off by a sniper while walking on the streets are almost 100%. Despite all that, the chance to go there and report on what's happening is the dream of any reporter.
Of course, things don't go as planned, and an explosion takes out the chopper that brought Matty to the island as well as the entire crew he was with. Matty is forced to find a way to survive on his own without the ability to be picked up. His cell phone and laptop allow him to communicate with his producer, and he decides that he might as well carry on his assignment. The things that Matty encounters while in the DMZ are equal parts horrifying, saddening, and at times, enlightening.Read more ›
"On The Ground" quickly establishes the scenario, environment, and characters in a terse manner in order to get the story rolling. The quickness of this establishment is aided by the use of a backdrop that is familiar to us all (the events of 9/11), the glazing over of explicit details of exactly how the United States came to be in the current state that Wood has put it in (which will allow for future exposition on the subject), and is a great way to put the reader in the passenger seat and hit the gas. This initial volume is fantastic in setting us up just enough to make the ride fun, and trickling details to us to keep our interest.
"On The Ground" introduces DMZ's main character, young Matty Roth, who is sent to the now-dangerous island of Manhattan as a journalism intern for an investigative news team. He quickly finds himself alone (with equipment) and left to his own survival instincts. Facing a strange world of constantly impending peril, Matt decides that making the best of his situation includes pushing forward with his journalistic intentions. Given this setup, Mr. Wood has created a world with nearly endless possibilites, and the "what-if coolness" of it is very reminiscent of Brian K. Vaughn's "Y: The last Man". I truly cannot wait to see what happens next.
Kudos must also be given to the visual creators of this series.Read more ›
Sounds like a great concept. Exactly the sort of thing I'd like to read. So why did the first volume leave me wondering if I wanted to keep reading?
For all the praise Wood gets for this supposed love letter to New York City, I rarely got the sense of place I should have felt. One should be immersed in the city, yet that sense of being there was inconsistent.
Maybe it's the art. Riccardo Burchielli's style does not appeal to me, but that's something I can live with (even if all the characters are as ugly as sin). What I can't live with is rough storytelling. Burchielli draws a great cityscape, but his panel-to-panel work just isn't as clear and direct as it should be.
It doesn't help that the coloring is so muddy. Everything is washed out in a murky reddish hue, so few things really pop from the page. I understand the color choices, but this book really could have used more contrast in that regard. Maybe this is why the issue set in Central Park during the winter looked best.
There SHOULD be a lot to like here. Great premise, great world to explore, and in theory great things ahead. It falls just short of the mark, however. I'm hoping this improves, because there is a lot of potential in the premise.
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By now, there are more than enough reviews here that give a complete synopsis and rundown of DMZ, that I don't really need to do so myself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JD
An imaginative, well-planned premise, a glimpse into civilization that's sometimes a little too honest, and an explosion around every corner. Read morePublished 12 months ago by drqshadow
It was here on time and in really good condition I was happy and impressed wit the quality for the low price I paid!Published 23 months ago by Deja
Upon first hearing of this book I didn't know what to think. But I'm glad I finally read it. WOW! Great story and the art does so well. I can't find a flaw in this book yet. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Breijo
I was told in the shop when buying this that you either love it or hate it. I was told some people love this series and others hate it. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Fred
I find that it is very bloody and swearful but all in all a great book would recommend it to anyone.Published on July 12, 2013 by hwc
Have no idea how good or bad this book is because the copy I received was falling apart when delivered. A lot of missing pagesPublished on December 27, 2012 by Hiker007
So far DMZ has my interest. The concept itself is pretty cool (though not entirely novel). The US finds itself in another civil war - this time with New Jersey - with most of New... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Donuthead36