Monday, March 21, 2011

Read: "DMZ: On the Ground" by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli

Read: DMZ: On the Ground by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, 2006, 9781401210625.

Not bad. An alternate view of Escape from New York.

A Civil War has occurred and there is a territorial split between New York and New Jersey. Manhattan is a demilitarized zone without any outside services like water, electric, etc. Manhattan is incredibly dangerous with no news coming out.

Matty Roth signs up as intern to a famous photojournalist going into Manhattan. Roth's helicopter is shot down and and everyone is killed but him. Roth's initial attempts at escaping Manhattan are foiled by chance and explosions. Roth stays in Manhattan and starts filing stories.

This compilation has Roth adjusting to life in the city and discovering that a lot of people are living there and that several neighborhoods are thriving. The island is still very dangerous and territorial lines are not to be crossed. Roth's press credentials are like an informal travel visa gaining him access around the city.

1. Much use of Manhattan scenery. This meant nothing to me.
2. Roth ends up being rescued by a medic/doctor named Zee. Zee is tattooed, dreadlocked and has multiple piercings.
3. Where did that awful motif begin? Post-apocalyptic and dystopian films and comics are big on characters having multiple piercings, crazy hair, and tattoos. These tales have societies evolve (devolve?) into tribal communities and, apparently, tribal means copying the real (and imagined) fashions of uncivilized cultures. These people have a lot of time on their hands while scrabbling for food and shelter.
4. Some of the artwork I liked and some I didn't. A lot dark colors were used. Shades of brown, tan, grey, and black give a depressing view of a depressing place.

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