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on 5 June 2013
This is powerful stuff. Although fictional you feel that this is as real as it gets. Wood is deadly serious and his gloves are coming off. So far he has changed many of the names to protect the guilty but this time you know exactly who he is going after in this gut-wrenching tour-de-force.

Using a monologue approach and listening to characters tell their own stories to our protagonist while the pictures mime along is stunningly effective. DMZ has established its own style and shorthand. We know by the type of lettering who is speaking and can hear their voice clear as day in our heads. This is the finest example of "life writing" ever fictionalised.

Because it is fiction you keep hoping for a happy ending. You have been conditioned to believe the good guys win. With DMZ and its home-truth honesty you don't get that any more. Although reading a book to escape you are shown the world around you clearer than you have ever seen it before.

There is a frank introduction by a former soldier that sets the serious tone for the piece. There is also a short primer, cast of characters and faction rundown. These are unnecessary for those who have been reading along but provide a jumping on point for anyone new or who reads this volume in isolation.

The art is just off the scale with some incredible rainy scenes that use only grey for colouring. All the colour and lighting is superb with some almost psychedelic combinations. There is a different artist for one issue that you don't notice until you look back as you are so shocked and awed by the story.

This is most forceful DMZ to date and probably one of the finest graphic novels ever written. The best of the best and a Double Thumbs Up!
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on 23 April 2010
DMZ is well-written and drawn in such a way that you are griped by the grime of the city and then intrigued by the beautiful images that woods/burchielli show you. why the 3 stars then? after the brilliance of public works friendly fire is disappointing story-wise. not bad, just more of a slow burner without the surprising fiendish twists of the previous comics. the art in chapter 3 looks childish and lazy compared to the other artists work
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on 3 February 2015
Keeps up the high standard set by the earlier books in the series, whilst perhaps being even more relevant to the kind of warfare we see reported on the news almost every day.
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