History ComicBook / DMZ

1st Jun '16 1:52:30 AM Doug86
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** The US Garrison on Staten Island has a permanent version of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce Christmas Truce]] with their Free States counterparts, and both sides cover it up to their superiors. [[spoiler:That is, until the US Commander's souvenir vial of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin Ricin]] goes missing. [[FromBadToWorse The Commander quickly turns to torture and murder in looking for it.]] Things don't improve even though the Free Staters, moved by a plea from one of the US soldiers, finally help the US Soldiers find it.]]

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** The US Garrison on Staten Island has a permanent version of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce Christmas Truce]] with their Free States counterparts, and both sides cover it up to their superiors. [[spoiler:That is, until the US Commander's souvenir vial of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin Ricin]] goes missing. [[FromBadToWorse The Commander quickly turns to torture and murder in looking for it.]] Things don't improve even though the Free Staters, moved by a plea from one of the US soldiers, finally help the US Soldiers find it.]]
9th Feb '16 5:39:43 PM Blackie62
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* GrayAndGrayMorality: The USA is a failing angry government of corruption and aggressive bureaucracy while the FSA is a vague but seemingly RightWingMilitiaFanatic group. Take your pick.
9th Feb '16 5:29:16 PM Blackie62
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* BalkanizeMe: Actually averted - although the US is caught in a civil war it has not actually split into separate countries per se. The FSA makes no claims to being an independent state, styling itself as a revolutionary movement instead, and even the DMZ itself is still technically United States territory. The operative word there, however, is 'technically' - once you're outside the relatively tiny USA zone of control in New England the rest of the country is all but explicitly stated to be in a permanent state of asymmetrical warfare.

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* BalkanizeMe: Actually averted - although the US is caught in a civil war it has not actually split into separate countries per se. The FSA makes no claims to being an independent state, styling itself as a revolutionary movement instead, and even the DMZ itself is still technically United States territory. The operative word there, however, is 'technically' - once you're outside the relatively tiny USA zone of control in New England the rest there's only a few hints of parts of the country is all but explicitly stated to be that aren't in a permanent state of asymmetrical warfare.
8th May '15 1:30:40 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* IdiotBall:
** [[spoiler:On a day in which American soldiers are rampaging through the DMZ, Matty gives an order to kill "bad guys" in a specified area. His security team, led by the veteran officer Angel, interpret that order as slaughtering a group of civilians at a wedding party. Angel, who knows Matty well, never thinks to question his understanding of the order]].
** Parco Delgado seriously thought [[spoiler: having a nuke would provide a deterrent against the government acting out any further against him, and further legitimize the DMZ as a nation.]] Boy, was he wrong.
** ''Free States Rising'' shows through flashbacks how the government's response to unheard of levels of civil unrest prompted their reaction of sticking their heads in the sand as deep as possible, not only as the United States declined into a third-world country but as the Free States started taking territory on their way east.
** The Free State Commander all but admits that he felt his side grabbed it after their victory against the US Army in Pennsylvania and the subsequent advance towards New York. Until then he was sure that his side would eventually be defeated, it was just a question of when. With that first victory against a real fighting force, however, he realized that they had a brief window of opportunity to capitalize on while the US Armed Forces were frantically regrouping, and that if they could just grab enough territory or at least prevent the US from finding a place to make a stand, the Free States could legitimately win the war. Here, however their nature as an amateur guerrilla movement worked against them, as they lacked the discipline or coordination to seize their chance and the US was able to make a stand, resulting in the current stalemate.

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* IdiotBall:
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IdiotBall: [[spoiler:On a day in which American soldiers are rampaging through the DMZ, Matty gives an order to kill "bad guys" in a specified area. His security team, led by the veteran officer Angel, interpret that order as slaughtering a group of civilians at a wedding party. Angel, who knows Matty well, never thinks to question his understanding of the order]].
** Parco Delgado seriously thought [[spoiler: having a nuke would provide a deterrent against the government acting out any further against him, and further legitimize the DMZ as a nation.]] Boy, was he wrong.
** ''Free States Rising'' shows through flashbacks how the government's response to unheard of levels of civil unrest prompted their reaction of sticking their heads in the sand as deep as possible, not only as the United States declined into a third-world country but as the Free States started taking territory on their way east.
** The Free State Commander all but admits that he felt his side grabbed it after their victory against the US Army in Pennsylvania and the subsequent advance towards New York. Until then he was sure that his side would eventually be defeated, it was just a question of when. With that first victory against a real fighting force, however, he realized that they had a brief window of opportunity to capitalize on while the US Armed Forces were frantically regrouping, and that if they could just grab enough territory or at least prevent the US from finding a place to make a stand, the Free States could legitimately win the war. Here, however their nature as an amateur guerrilla movement worked against them, as they lacked the discipline or coordination to seize their chance and the US was able to make a stand, resulting in the current stalemate.
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8th May '15 1:26:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Kristian Donaldson does not draw Matty with his trademark nose bandage. After she filled in for Burchielli on issue 20, Burchielli apparently did homage to her choice by not drawing it on Matty's face for issue 21. In issue 22, however, it inexplicably returns.

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** Kristian Donaldson does not draw Matty with his trademark [[PointlessBandAid nose bandage.bandage]]. After she filled in for Burchielli on issue 20, Burchielli apparently did homage to her choice by not drawing it on Matty's face for issue 21. In issue 22, however, it inexplicably returns.



* HollywoodHealing: A notable inversion. Matty spends most of his six years in the DMZ with a bandage over the bridge of his nose, for some reason.

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* HollywoodHealing: A notable inversion. Matty spends most of his six years in the DMZ with a bandage PointlessBandAid over the bridge of his nose, for some reason.


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* PointlessBandAid: Matty sports a bandage over the bridge of his nose for almost the entire story, which spans several years. He gets a minor injury in an early issue and the artist apparently got stuck on how it looks.
25th Apr '15 2:18:31 PM RookEncounte
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The comic takes place in Manhattan in the midst of a [[DividedStatesOfAmerica civl war]] between the United States government and the Free States of America, a grassroots insurrection. Manhattan is now a demilitarized zone (or DMZ) between the two factions vying for control of the country. Isolated from the rest of America and caught between rival armies, the 400,000 remaining residents of the DMZ are struggling to stay alive in what writer Creator/BrianWood describes as "equal parts ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Fallujah, and New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina."

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The comic takes place in Manhattan in the midst of a [[DividedStatesOfAmerica civl civil war]] between the United States government and the Free States of America, a grassroots insurrection. Manhattan is now a demilitarized zone (or DMZ) between the two factions vying for control of the country. Isolated from the rest of America and caught between rival armies, the 400,000 remaining residents of the DMZ are struggling to stay alive in what writer Creator/BrianWood describes as "equal parts ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Fallujah, and New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina."
19th Feb '15 9:39:23 AM TheWanderer
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* FamedInStory: Viktor Ferguson, the war correspondent leading the trip into the DMZ that got Matty into this mess in the first place. Although Viktor is more or less presented as a sellout who's become a company man for Liberty News.
5th Nov '14 10:32:19 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* HopelessWar: For everyone. The USA doesn't have the manpower to retake their old territory, the FSA's numerical superiority is countered by the superior US firepower and defensive position, and the Manhattan militias are too busy killing each other to fight back against either side in any meaningful way. It's a bloody stalemate with absolutely no end in sight.
** Actually discussed in-story. When it's brought up to the FSA commander that there's no chance of his forces ever winning, he comments that he's leading an insurgent movement, not an invading army. As such, it doesn't matter that they can't win - all they have to do to achieve victory is ''not lose''.
** In the end, [[spoiler: everyone has to compromise, and the country is better for it.]]
* HumanInterestStory: The initial reason Matty, Victor & crew go to the DMZ is to find these.

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* HopelessWar: For everyone. The USA doesn't have the manpower to retake their old territory, the FSA's numerical superiority is countered by the superior US firepower and defensive position, and the Manhattan militias are too busy killing each other to fight back against either side in any meaningful way. It's a bloody stalemate with absolutely no end in sight.
** Actually discussed in-story. When it's brought up to the
sight. The FSA commander that there's no chance of his forces ever winning, he comments that he's leading an insurgent movement, his objective is not an invading army. As such, it doesn't matter that they can't win - all they have to do to achieve victory is but simply ''not lose''.
** In the end, [[spoiler: everyone has to compromise, and the country is better for it.]]
* HumanInterestStory: The initial reason Matty, Victor & and crew go to the DMZ is to find these.
5th Nov '14 10:28:24 AM CaptainCrawdad
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Into this quagmire arrives Matty Roth, a fresh college grad and aspiring photojournalist who is stunned when he gets picked by [[StrawmanNewsMedia Liberty News]] to accompany [[FamedInStory famed war correspondent Victor Ferguson]] for the very first field report into the DMZ. The trip immediately turns into a disaster, and Matty becomes stranded in the DMZ alone. With the help of a friendly local, Zee Hernandez, Matty soon manages to establish himself as the only journalist to begin reporting on life in the DMZ. Matty must navigate warring DMZ factions and protect his journalistic integrity as outside agents attempt to control his message. Along the way, he gains a new perspective on the civil war as well as an opportunity to shape its future.

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Into this quagmire arrives Matty Roth, a fresh college grad and aspiring photojournalist who is stunned when he gets picked by [[StrawmanNewsMedia Liberty News]] to accompany [[FamedInStory famed war correspondent Victor Ferguson]] for join the very first field report into the DMZ. The trip immediately turns into a disaster, and Matty becomes stranded in the DMZ alone. With the help of a friendly local, Zee Hernandez, Matty soon manages to establish himself as the only journalist to begin reporting on life in the DMZ. Matty must navigate warring DMZ factions and protect his journalistic integrity as outside agents attempt to control his message. Along the way, he gains a new perspective on the civil war as well as an opportunity to shape its future.
24th Oct '14 4:17:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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The comic takes place in Manhattan in the midst of a [[DividedStatesOfAmerica civl war]] between the United States government and the Free States of America, a grassroots insurrection. Manhattan is now a demilitarized zone (or DMZ) between the two factions vying for control of the country. Isolated from the rest of America and caught between rival armies, the 400,000 remaining residents of the DMZ are struggling to stay alive in what writer Creator/BrianWood describes as "equal parts ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Fallujah, and New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina.".

Into this quagmire arrives Matty Roth, a fresh college grad and aspiring photojournalist who is stunned when he gets picked by [[StrawmanNewsMedia Liberty News]] to accompany [[FamedInStory famed war correspondent Victor Ferguson]] for the very first field report into the DMZ. The trip immediately turns into a disaster, and Matty becomes stranded in the DMZ alone. With the help of a friendly local, Zee Hernandez, Matty soon manages to establish himself as the only journalist to begin reporting on life in the DMZ. Along the way, he gains a new perspective on the civil war as well as an opportunity to shape its future. He's also in quite a lot of danger, as both sides are ''very'' interested in manipulating and controlling what the only embedded journalist in the DMZ has to say...

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The comic takes place in Manhattan in the midst of a [[DividedStatesOfAmerica civl war]] between the United States government and the Free States of America, a grassroots insurrection. Manhattan is now a demilitarized zone (or DMZ) between the two factions vying for control of the country. Isolated from the rest of America and caught between rival armies, the 400,000 remaining residents of the DMZ are struggling to stay alive in what writer Creator/BrianWood describes as "equal parts ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Fallujah, and New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina.".

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Into this quagmire arrives Matty Roth, a fresh college grad and aspiring photojournalist who is stunned when he gets picked by [[StrawmanNewsMedia Liberty News]] to accompany [[FamedInStory famed war correspondent Victor Ferguson]] for the very first field report into the DMZ. The trip immediately turns into a disaster, and Matty becomes stranded in the DMZ alone. With the help of a friendly local, Zee Hernandez, Matty soon manages to establish himself as the only journalist to begin reporting on life in the DMZ. Matty must navigate warring DMZ factions and protect his journalistic integrity as outside agents attempt to control his message. Along the way, he gains a new perspective on the civil war as well as an opportunity to shape its future. He's also in quite a lot of danger, as both sides are ''very'' interested in manipulating and controlling what the only embedded journalist in the DMZ has to say...\n
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