DMZ Public Works: New collection of moving, thrilling graphic novel

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9 Responses to “DMZ Public Works: New collection of moving, thrilling graphic novel”

  1. JTPednaud says:

    Canadian artist Rob Sacchetto, who has been featured on Boing Boing before for his custom Zombie Portraits, recently completed a throwback Tales from the Crypt / EC Comics style tale of zombie terror set in the jungles of Viet Nam.

    The comic is completely free and viewable online or as a PDF download.

    It’s a short, but nostalgic read.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree that dmz isn’t that great, but perhaps it improves I only read the first issue. I guess my problem with it is that science fiction is effective when its telling stories you couldn’t ordinarily tell. It just seems to be that you could write a completely realistic story about what’s happening in Iraq and in all probability Iran and you would get a better story about factions and civil war. It doesn’t touch Watchmen. It’s not even as entaining as Promethea or Tom Strong.

    I really think the feel good hit of the summer is Black Summer by Warren Ellis…just my opinion. Take it or leave it.

    Philip Shropshire
    http://www.threeriversonline.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    Comics are a medium, not a genre.

  4. Anonymous says:

    DMZ is really one of my favorite comics currently coming out. It’s anti-war, and it’s eye-opening, showing Americans who only see war in movies or in TV reports about stuff happening on the other side of the world what it would be like to have that sort of thing happening in our back yard, to people that we know, in familiar locations. It’s harrowing, an angry story that inspires us to get up off our asses and stop people from killing other people. A great read, and I can’t recommend it enough.

    By the way, other commenters mentioned that they didn’t like the first volume, and while I did like it, it got better after that point. The second, third, and fourth volumes (the fourth hasn’t come out yet, but the issues contained within have) are amazingly gripping, and I can’t get enough of them.

    Matt Brady
    Warren Peace Sings the Blues

  5. Carlton Hibbert says:

    Another comic (even though from yesteryear) that’s worth a look is Pat Mills’ “Third World War”. Full of anti-corporate, anti-war sentiment. The story line first appeared in Crisis in the UK. If you dig around you can find the 6 graphic novel books of the series.

  6. Dave Hecht says:

    I am also somewhat leary of the main character, but to me, he isn’t the driving force behind my interest in DMZ. The world Wood and Burchielli have created is absolutely stunning – I’ve lived in New York my whole life, and it is something of a lateral mindfuck to see the bombed-out shell of Manhattan compartmentalized into warring tribal territories, not to mention my home of Brooklyn turned into the last stand of the United States!

    Even more than this alone, it is Wood’s ability to create depth and color in the supporting characters, who tend to be the downtrodden, counterculture sort, that keeps it moving. Somtetimes, I feel that his characters can stretch into caricatures, but even then, they are fairly effective for progressing the narrative, which I think generally works.

    For more quality Wood, I highly reccomend Demo, an indie monthly done with Becky Cloonan that focuses on people with superpowers who do not fit the “underwear-pervert” mold, and are more likely to be young, immature, uncomfortable with their powers, and frequently shunned for them. Smashing art and solid, gritty stories.

    Rocketship is also a very neat little shop keeping it real on the rapidly hippifying Smith Street.

  7. kaosdevice says:

    *sigh*

    I hate it when people who’s opinions register to me reccomend things. It always costs me money. I just ordered vol 1 and 2 of DMZ.

    Stop making me spend money boingboing!

    (In other comics yotz, I am really, really enjoying boom studio’s Fall of Cthulhu, fun reading for the Lovecraft fans out there)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I picked up a copy of the first DMZ book at my local comics shop on Cory’s recommendation. It was, in my opinion, only so-so. I didn’t care about the main character at all, the artwork was just comic book typical (nothing unique or intriguing). The story was amateurish and, well, boring. I gave the book to my friend, an avid comic book reader, and he felt the same way. Well, that’s my opinion, take it or leave it. If you’re interested in the series, go to your local shop and check it out. If you think it’s as bleh as I do, pick up something else and support local business! Cheers!

  9. Kevitivity says:

    Really tired of the moonbat cliche of Halliburton as a, “a profiteering, ruthless government contractor”. It’s clear Cory doesn’t have a clue what Halliburton does (it’s history dates back the early 1900s – long before the Bush admin). Is it possible to write a review without being so blindly partisan and conspiratorial?

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