DMZ is published by DC Comics under the Vertigo imprint. current price per issue is $ 2.99 .

last issue

DMZ #71: 23 Nov 2011

current publish

DMZ #72: 28 Dec 2011

next issue



monthly series. First published in 2005. final issue is # 72 .


independent Characters

  • Matthew ‘Matty’ Roth – Photojournalist intern who becomes trapped in war-torn Manhattan and decides to stay to document the conflict and those affected by it.



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minor Characters

other Characters/Places/Things

late Storylines

DMZ # 72

DMZ # 71

Past Storylines


Trade Paperbacks

  • DMZ, vol. 1: On the Ground – Collects #1-5. “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. 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 in a war zone long enough to report the truth?” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401210627 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 2: Body of a Journalist – Collects #6-12. “Roth’s star power lands the break of a lifetime: an interview with the infamous leaders of the Free Armies.” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401212476 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 3: Public Works – Collects #13-17. “Matty severs his ties to The Liberty News and becomes a free agent. He soon finds himself in over his head as he goes undercover and infiltrates a terrorist cell determined to disrupt any and all construction sites trying to rebuild the city.” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401214762 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 4: Friendly Fire – Collects #18-22. “Matty Roth reluctantly lands an interview for Liberty News with an enlisted U.S. solider who’s found guilty of a massacre within the DMZ. What follows is a look at how the DMZ came to be, from the perspective of a kid who came from the Midwest and walked right into a nightmare.” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401216625 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 5: The Hidden War – Collects #23-28. “The world and characters of the DMZ are expanded and enriched in this volume as Matty Roth turns his attention to several locals – a guerilla artist, a former ally who’s now worse off than a homeless person, the powerful head of an organization within the DMZ and more.” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401218334 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 6: Blood in the Game – Collects #29-34. “The rise of a possible new leader in the DMZ and what it could mean for Matty Roth, a journalist calling the zone home.” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401221300 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 7: War Powers – Collects #35-41. “The status quo is tossed out the window as embedded war journalist Matty Roth returns from his misadventure in Staten Island to find Parco Delgado in office as provisional governor of New York and details his first 100 days at breakneck speed. Matty’s first task under the Delgado regime? Tracking down the source of one of the DMZ’s greatest urban legends.” – WorldCat – ISBN 140122430X – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 8: Hearts and Minds – Collects #42-49. “Matty Roth redefines his role in the DMZ, rolling with a private security force and self-defined mandate to heal the city. But is this the start of a brand-new day – or will this ‘Rise of Matty’ end with the fall of just another petty warlord?” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401227260 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 9: M.I.A. – Collects #50-54. “M.I.A. takes Matty to a remote and desolate section of the city. Self-exile forces him to take a good, hard look at himself and his conduct since he entered the DMZ, and he doesn’t like what he’s seeing. His discovery presents him with an opportunity that he’s tempted to take, but is the price too high?” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401229964 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 10: Collective Punishment – Collects #55-59. “Citizens and soldiers – new characters and old – weather the storm of a brutal ‘shock and awe’ bombing campaign on the DMZ.” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401231500 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 11: Free States Rising – Collects #60-66. “As Matty Roth covers the battles on the ground, old allies and enemies resurface and Matty must prove that after all he’s been through that he is a changed man. Will the choices he makes reflect this?” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401233899 – Kindle –
  • DMZ, vol. 12: The Five Nations of New York – Collects #67-72. “Matty’s seen to it that everyone’s voice is being heard, but will the social order in New York City devolve into anarchy, or is there a new New York to be discovered underneath the rubble of the old?” – WorldCat – ISBN 1401234798 – Kindle –

  • DMZ, Book One – Collects #1-12. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781401261351
  • DMZ, Book Two – Collects #13-28. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781401263577
  • DMZ, Book Three – Collects #29-44. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781401268435
  • DMZ, Book Four – Collects #45-59. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781401274634
  • DMZ, Book Five – Collects #60-72. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781401285838

  • DMZ Compendium One – Collects #1-36. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781779504357
  • DMZ Compendium Two – Collects #37-72. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781779514820


  • DMZ Deluxe Edition Book One – Collects #1-12. – WorldCat – ISBN 1401243002 – Kindle –
  • DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Two – Collects #13-28. – WorldCat – ISBN 1401247652 – Kindle –
  • DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Three – Collects #29-44. – WorldCat – ISBN 1401250009 –
  • DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Four – Collects #45-59. – WorldCat – ISBN 140125411X
  • DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Five – Collects #60-72. – WorldCat – ISBN 9781401258436


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creative team

Writer/Creator : Brian Wood. Artist/Creator : Riccardo Burchielli.

Publishing history

first published in 2005 .

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