DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist

DMZ Vol Body of a Journalist America s worst nightmare has come true Having neglected the threat of anti establishment militias the U S government is in danger of losing control Middle America has violently risen up coming to a

  • Title: DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist
  • Author: Brian Wood Riccardo Burchielli Kristian Donaldson
  • ISBN: 9781401212476
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • America s worst nightmare has come true Having neglected the threat of anti establishment militias, the U.S government is in danger of losing control Middle America has violently risen up, coming to a standstill at Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ Matty Roth, a naive, aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into thAmerica s worst nightmare has come true Having neglected the threat of anti establishment militias, the U.S government is in danger of losing control Middle America has violently risen up, coming to a standstill at Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ Matty Roth, a naive, 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 In this volume, Roth s star power as a wartime reporter rises both within and outside the DMZ and the embedded journalist lands the break of a lifetime an interview with the infamous leaders of the Free Armies.

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    1. Brian Wood Riccardo Burchielli Kristian Donaldson

      Brian Wood s history of published work includes nearly thirty volumes of genre spanning original material From the 1500 page future war epic DMZ, the ecological disaster series The Massive, the American crime drama Briggs Land, the blistering youth culture action trilogy The Couriers, and the groundbreaking lo fi dystopia Channel Zero, Wood has a proven track record of marrying socially conscious world building and political commentary with compelling and diverse characters.His indie YA novels Demo, Local, The New York Four, and Mara have made YALSA and New York Public Library best of lists His historical fiction, the Viking series Northlanders and the American Revolution centered Rebels, are benchmarks in the comic book industry.He co wrote the award winning video game 1979 Revolution Black Friday, and is currently adapting his Briggs Land graphic novel series for television at AMC.

    278 thoughts on “DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist”

    1. "I Never Paid Attention to Politics"Economic inequality in the United States has grown rapidly since the 1980's. By the year 2007, the country's richest 1% owned no less than 34.6% of the country's overall wealth, while the poorest 40% had to make do with only 0.3% of their country's overall wealth. More and more people are falling into poverty, and the consequences are devastating. Since the year 2010, for example, U.S. American women have the lowest life expectancy among the women of all forty [...]


    2. Volume one was good, but this volume (2) makes a huge jump in quality and world building. Some loose ends from the first volume are tied up in an excellent story arc involving Matty’s father* and the two opposing elements here: the US government and the Free States of America. Events that led up to NYC becoming the DMZ are explored through the character of Zee. Life and the culture that has sprung up in wartime Manhattan since the American Civil War started is explored in the excellent final i [...]


    3. First of all, no matter how high I suspend my disbelief, I still can't get with Brian Wood's notion that apocalyptic war zone NYC could also serve as some hippie vegan organic utopia. Second, the protagonist here -- one Matty Ross -- has to be the dullest major character I've seen in recent comics. All he does is scowl, vomit, and explode with diarrhea. And finally, there's DMZ issue #12, entitled "New York Times" (ha ha), which is supposed to be a homemade Lonely Planet guide to post-NYC's rubb [...]


    4. Given away (to Craig?)See also my review of the first volume.Most of the book deals with the abduction of a journalist and the ways in which the government tries to use his experience as a propaganda tool, but this kind of forced drama just seems to squander the potential of the book's central idea.I guess it's "urban," or "street," or "gritty and realistic" to have the government be willing to kill innocent people as an excuse to fight a war, but it's not particularly fresh or exciting. Maybe i [...]


    5. America is in the midst of a civil war, and New York City is a battle ground popularly called the DMZ. Matty, who grew up a privileged annoying richwhitestraightable guy, is still pretty privileged and annoying in the DMZ. The plot is weak and certainly not novel. The art is typical Vertigo--lots of harsh lines, cross-hatching, gratuitous female nakedness (without matching sexy male nakedness). An obese woman in a bikini is blown apart in the opening scene. There's a whole page of a guy getting [...]



    6. Enjoyed the personal story and many of the politics, but the back story of the history leading up to this point is spotty at best and ludicrous at worst. One must believe that everyone in the mountain states is a gun toting libertarian to swallow the premise that no one stood up to the free armies as they started their campaign. As someone who has lived much of their life in Wyoming (and a big chunk in New York as well), I just don't see it going down the way it is portrayed here. There are enou [...]


    7. This fantastic series continues here, with rookie photo-journalist Matty having now been in the DMZ for nearly a whole year. Suicide bombers, kidnappings, food and water rationingNYC just like Iraq/Afghanistan. Terrorism, resistance, government manipulation, competing media trying to get the scoop by any means necessary, and the real issue, the condition of the people living in the DMZ, just forgotten amidst the chaos of the powerplays.This is an angry book, written by someone who has watched wh [...]


    8. It was a cool graphic novel. I picked it up used cos Vertigo seems like a good comics company and I was not disappointed. Interesting idea pretty well executed. I liked the art, even though it was extra dark and girtty (I realize it's a book about war) but the main character's motivations were a little perplexing to me. I did really like how the political situation was explained throughout though.


    9. vien quasi da pensare che il primo numero fosse la preparazione a questo secondo volume, semplicemente perfetto: è qui che la trama prende una piega nuova, che viene chiarita la natura della guerra tra usa e stati liberi e che il personaggio di matty si sviluppa completamente. fumetto dell'anno, e uno dei migliori del decennio.da rileggere più volte la splendida "guida" che chiude l'albo, che contribuisce a far diventare la new york di "dmz" più reale di quanto si possa immaginare.


    10. Volume 2 of DMZ definitely builds on the first volume and moves it forward greatly. The main character no longer looks out of his depth and has matured a lot between the two volumes which makes the story more believable. The artwork is still fabulous and the back story for some of the characters brought a lot to this volume. Four stars from me


    11. I came to this book having just read volume 3 and volume 2, in that order. In this one the mayor has to get to the bottom of a blackout, and we see more of what he did on September 11 (and people think they stretch out the backstory in Lost!). I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books, but damn that sketchbook at the back for tricking me into thinking I still had lots of comics to go.


    12. Very well done what-if scenario about New York being the centre of a modern American civil war. I like the ghosts of Central Park.


    13. I really enjoyed this volume, felt it was solidly a 3.5-4-star book for me. And then the last 20 pages were just GREAT. A psuedo guide to this altered Manhattan, I loved the voice in that section so much. Reading this has made me miss NYC probably more than anything else in ages.


    14. It's a major improvement over the first issue, I'm officially onboard now and unless they really screw the pooch I should see it through to the end. The obvious star of DMZ is that illustration, the characters are starting to get more flushed out and the stakes are getting higher.


    15. The second chapter of Wood's DMZ ups the ante by digging into the news media's specific role in the conflict between the FSA and the USA. Wood, who I seem to remember having a background in design and in the media, uses this story to explore the blurry lines journalists often find themselves in war zones. And since this is New York, a war zone not commonly expected, the results are compelling and incredible to experience.I like how Wood teases out more and more backstory to how the FSA split fro [...]


    16. This book, which collects issues #6-12, deals a little more specifically with the second civil war that has turned Manhattan into a no-man's-land. The origins of the war are certainly implausible - and it's definitely odd that Matty Roth remembers 9/11 as a more poignant, disrupting event than anything that has happened since (in his country, where New Jersey and west has been taken over by militias). Wood has certainly still left the rest of the country as a blank slate. We know what life is li [...]


    17. The first volume was a pretty basic introduction to the world of DMZ Manhattan. The reader--and Matty--were literally dropped into the middle of a war zone and left to basically figure things out as we went along.This volume gets more interesting, with two real story arcs. Matty's story, of playing all sides and trying to stay sane and healthy and keep the DMZ from getting invaded, is a great place to pick up with. It's interesting to see how he's grown, both as a person, a reporter and a surviv [...]


    18. *** Review copied from my review of Vol 1 since I read them one right after the other ***Recommended by a friend when he saw that I was excited about Brian Wood taking on the new all lady XMen team. He lent me the first 2 trades and I devoured themZ follows an almost accidental journalist dropped into NYC when it has become a no man's land of the latest civil war. There's action, but there's also plenty of time spent wandering the streets and highlighting the humanity of a city that is effective [...]


    19. First off, the bad news: When volume one ended with photojournalist Matty Roth standing stupefied at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel – this being the border separating the DMZ and the USA from the Free States of America on the mainland – I was fully anticipating his journey in the heart of darkness. Much to my surprise, volume two picks up weeks (if not months) later with Matty back in his Manhattan digs, continuing to report from the front lines in the DMZ. Oh, how I wanted to Wood to ta [...]


    20. If this volume is any indication of things to come, this series is going to be very good. While the first volume dealt with exploring and setting up life in the DMZ, this one spins fully into the conflict at hand and how the various forces are playing off of each other. I'm still not fully satisfied with the explanation for how the new US Civil War broke out. The brief description we get in this volume is better than the nothing we had in the previous volume, but it felt like Wood was scrambling [...]


    21. This is volume 2 of Wood's DMZ series, which I believe currently has three volumes. Or rather three trade paperbacks I should say, because I think it started as a comic. The premise of the series is that Manhattan is a de-militarized zone between the Free States Army (FSA), a sort of Michigan Militia on steroids, and what remains of the United States. In the first volume, fresh-faced journalist Matty Roth ends up stranded in the DMZ, only to find a vibrant culture and community manages to surviv [...]


    22. Well I picked up the first 3 volumes of this series on the recommendation of a fellow who works at the main library. And wow rock n roll. This second volume deals with corporate media outlets. How they a lot of times manipulate, distort facts, and espouse a certain agenda. Be it for their or another corporate entity's profit. Or as a propaganda arm for certain political means. Yes these books are a few years old. That said. With a certain news channel seemingly caught up in fact distortion and o [...]


    23. The second volume of DMZ finds Matty Roth back in the warzone that is Manhattan, reporting from the front lines of America's second civil war. In doing so, he has to try to avoid becoming the story - and, as both the military and the residents of the DMZ want to use him against each other, it's difficult to do. Matty has to balance surviving against staying true to his journalistic integrity and avoid becoming a weapon in the war.Much like the first volume, DMZ continues to be a gritty, edgy sto [...]


    24. Enjoyable story line that is completely plausible which is what makes the exploration of these ideas so interesting. The way the people on the island have broken into little factions or tribe like groups is how people are going to react when things go down. I firmly believe people with similar backgrounds and interests will group together for comfort and safety. I also appreciate the mention of little gardens tucked away here and there in order to maintain self sufficiency and supply food for th [...]


    25. Set about a year after Volume 1, this contains a multi-issue arc (#6-10) in which Matty gets stuck liaising between the FSA (Free States of America) and the U.S. government. Things get even more complicated, and dangerous, than expected, and Matt comes into his own more -- and becomes more a part of the DMZ.Wilson tells Matt, "You're the symbol now" [not Viktor Ferguson, the renowned journalist Matty was interning for when he first arrived in the DMZ] and argues, I remember when journalists actu [...]


    26. Another good volume. Burchielli's art matures, though Wood's writing is still stuck in this weird neo-hipster phase. He has decent plotting skills, and the characters (though almost uniformly unlikable) have depth, but he feels the need to pepper everything he writes with references to very hipster-ish tastes, something that dates the series far more than the political situation that defines the story.While we're on that topic least at the beginning, DMZ is a comic that is very much of its time. [...]


    27. The second volume of DMZ has Matty becoming less of an outsider to the DMZ and becoming and important part of the DMZZ is very much inspired by the way media covers War. Probably most influenced by the first Gulf War in the way that you could tune into it and see firsthand combat unlike any other War or conflict before it. The second volume of DMZ primarily deals with the politics of of being a journalist embedded in a War Zone. Matty discovers in this volume that he is a vital part of the DMZ a [...]


    28. Puede que aún hagamos un americano de tiEn esta nueva entrega nos enteramos de que un personaje que creíamos muerto sigue vivo y en manos del ejército de los Estados Libres lo que iniciará un proceso de negociación entre los dos ejércitos donde nuestro protagonista se verá envuelto.En esta segunda entrega, Wood nos vuelve a llevar al caótico e impredecible mundo de la DMZ donde no puedes fiarte de nadie y todo el mundo tiene sus propios intereses. Al mejor estilo de las películas de esp [...]


    29. In some ways I really like waiting until a comic book has finished its run, because it's easier to keep track of things. Some books, such as Saga for the most part are easy to pick back up on after waiting months for the next volume (I miss the freedom I once had to buy individual issues they came out). Others are very difficult, such as The Wicked + The Divine. I don't know what's true about DMZ, though the small number of "main characters" does keep things easier than many others. All I can sa [...]


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