Tuesday, January 11, 2011

DMZ #29

Blood in the Game: Chapter 1
By Brian Wood (writer) and Riccardo Burchielli (artist)

Starts in the middle or near the end of the story with Parco Delgado, one of the pivotal characters in this arc, getting shot. Matty, as usual, is smack in the middle of the situation. As in at least one of the previous arcs, he does not seem to be a neutral observer but to have chosen a side. Is it possible or does it make sense for a journalist to try and remain neutral in the DMZ? Probably not.

By no means decisive but it is the first chapter of a longer story that will probably run the length of this collection.

Having been away from DMZ for quite some time it was refreshing, even if it was also a bit jarring, to be thrown into the story so quickly. The dual narration, which has probably been used before in this series, helps to emphasize the fractured nature of life in the DMZ. It also should resonate with anyone who lives in a country, such as the US of A, where the media is politicized, a tool of the larger political factions; where it is no longer the neutral observer it once was.

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