Stop what you are doing right now. Put down the coffee beverage and/or the juice cocktail you are working on. Put the kids to sleep. Tell your boss it's important and just get up from your desk. Walk outside and head to the nearest comic book store and buy DMZ.
Yes, this series is that good.
Developed by the one and only Brian Wood, DMZ is a graphic novel that I believe everyone should read. Given our current political climate both at home and abroad, this couldn't have come out at a better time. Here is the introduction straight from Wood's site:
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 militia 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 naive young and and aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong, and Marry finds himself lost and alone in a world he's only seen on television. There, he is faced with a choice: try to find a way off the island, or make his career with an assignment most journalists would kill for. But can he survive the war zone long enough to report the truth?
What I love about this series is how emotionally attached you become to Matty and the other main characters, but probably more importantly - just how plausible this story truly is. Think about it for a bit, we as a nation are so spread out bringing 'freedom' to the world that we often neglect our own internal issues. Even the addition of Trustwell plays right into the current scandals of Blackwater and what they truly are to the current administration.
Could this actually happen - well I sure as hell hope it doesn't, but what DMZ does brilliantly is craft a story about the other side of war. The people that survive and lead their lives amid the scandal and scars. This is one of those books that make you think about life, our place in it and just how much it could all change in a heartbeat.
Go buy all of the DMZ books now and thank me later!