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DMZ Vol. 1: On the Ground Paperback – June 7, 2006
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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 ›
It's very obvious that the author, Brian Wood, is very far to the left when it comes to political ideology. That in itself isn't a problem at all, of course, even in a book like this, especially if it's a thoughtful and well-crafted story, and if it isn't filled with stupid straw people as stand-ins for the opposing view to the author's. But for my taste, this series pretty quickly devolved into elitist left wing propaganda. It's clear that Mr. Wood has the opinion that too many New Yorkers seem to have; namely that if you're from the middle of the country, you're pretty much an uneducated racist redneck. Likewise, anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, and a lot of pretty blatant anti-American sentiment just starts to permeate through the entire series, especially as it goes into the final stretch. If you think the Democratic Party is way too conservative, you probably won't even notice any of this.Read more ›
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I'm new to graphic novels and pretty late to the party with this series...I just got it and read it in about an hour!! I loved it! That being said...this is NOT for kids! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie Johnson
I bought a box of comics for a very low price 2 years prior. come were worth WAY more than the whole box on their own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Asher A. Humm
An imaginative, well-planned premise, a glimpse into civilization that's sometimes a little too honest, and an explosion around every corner. Read morePublished 19 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 on March 18, 2014 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 on March 3, 2014 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