DMZ Vol. 4: Friendly Fire

May 5, 2008 | Trades


DMZ Vol. 4: Friendly Fire
Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli, Nathan Fox, Viktor Kalvachev, Kristian Donaldson
Vertigo/DC Comics
$15.99/$12.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

The United States of America lost a war on Day 204 and now someone is going to swing for it.
The young-but-increasingly bitter Matty Roth, the only journalist living and working in the DMZ that used to be New York City after the second American civil war, is about to get the story of a lifetime. He gets to interview the lone soldier charged after 198 peace protesters were gunned down on Day 204 of the conflict in what was either a provoked attack or a colossal mistake — depending on who you ask.
Digging deeper, Matty follows up with the families of the victims and others living in the DMZ to discover the lasting effects this massacre had — how it lost the war for America based solely on perception — and he learns that no matter whether the soldier is found guilty of innocent, that old wounds bleed deeply.
Writer Brian Wood, along with regular artist Riccardo Burchielli and guest artists Nathan Fox, Viktor Kalvachev and Kristian Donaldson, continues to deliver a series that always seems far too grounded in reality to be comfortable — one of the most gripping and relevant comics published today.

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