A Story About a Second American Civil War

In the near future, America's worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand -- Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ. Matty Roth, a naïve young man and 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.


Why Read It?

DMZ is a hard title to categorize. It is not a war novel, though at times there's an element of it. It's often described as a political thriller, but that's really only part of the full picture. The setting is a little too mundane to make DMZ a full-on adventure story, but to some extent it becomes one. Oftentimes when a story attempts to be too many things it seldom accomplishes any of them well and its disjointedness can be felt by the reader. But in this case, writer Brian Wood has brilliantly crafted a fascinating  human story of struggle and resilience that fits into a category of its own.

DMZ was written for adults, though older teens can enjoy the series as well. The background events of "middle America" rising up after years of perceived detachment is especially relevant to today's reader, though the story has even broader appeal because it almost entirely focuses on the aftermath of the uprising rather than the war itself. If a mature and unique graphic novel like this appeals to you, simply click on the cover images below to place your requests.