Sometime last month I learned that HBOMax was turning one of my favorite graphic novels into a series. Of course, I was excited, when I read DMZ the graphic novel a few years back I said to myself “this would be one dope ass TV series. This graphic novel had 12 volumes and each one had an amazing storyline. However, I do have one issue with this graphic novel, we don’t get any background on why the DMZ started or what caused DMZ to happen. Aside from that I pretty much enjoyed this series.
A little background on the graphic novel – DMZ takes place in Manhattan in the near future in which Middle America (a.k.a. “The Free States”) has declared war on the rest of the country (a.k.a. “The United States of America”) and pushed east all the way through to New Jersey. Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island remain part of the U.S., while Manhattan (a.k.a. “the DMZ”) is filled with American troops, “insurgents,” and civilians. We follow the journey of Matty Roth, a lone journalist stranded in the middle of New York City, now a brutal no-man’s-land.
Unfortunately, the TV series is a bit different than the graphic novel. The series follows Alma Ortega (Rosario Dawson) who travels into the eponymous zone based between the U.S.A and the Free States of America (the F.S.A), where she goes in search of her son Christian, who went missing eight years before during an evacuation of the city. Despite adding different characters and switching up the plot a bit, there are still some elements from the graphic novel present. I actually enjoyed the series, so of course, I was bummed out when I found out the show had to be reduced to just four episodes due to the pandemic.
Once I found out this graphic novel was coming to HBOMax, I dug into my collection and dug out my old volumes so I could re-read them and get a refresher before the series started. I re-read all 12 volumes last month and instantly remembered why I loved this classic so much. I’m extremely disappointed that we only got 4 episodes. This graphic novel has too good of a storyline to just leave us hanging with four episodes. Anyway, if you enjoyed the TV series or just looking for something different to read then I would highly suggest DMZ. And, let’s be real at the rate the world is going, we may end up in our very own DMZ soon.
Check out the mini-series on HBOMax and I highly recommend checking out the graphic novels as well. If you read or watch DMZ, share your thoughts below. Do you think we need another season? Maybe focusing on another character. Or do you think HBOMax should just pull the plug now and leave us with what we have? Let me know.