I had some time to burn these past two days (not really, but revision's been a breeze so far and I have poor impulse control). I went through Brian Wood's DMZ in its entirety during that time, and just wanted to get some thoughts off my chest about the series. I think the biggest strength about Brian Wood isn't how good he is at writing, but how consistent his stuff usually turns out to be. I saw this first in Northlanders, but it's a lot more apparent in DMZ. A hyper-realistic series about the Second American Civil War, especially since it's so depressing, might seem like a chore to read in a first glance, but it's actually pretty great how the series just grabs the reader's attention and doesn't let go until the end. I loved his world-building here, and how all the characters got their spotlight sooner or later down the line. No one is right and no one is completely wrong in this book. Except maybe Trustwell, I guess.
I also like how balanced the series is, in hindsight- no one element overshadowed all the others throughout the run. This series also sports a pretty somber take at the 'road to hell is paved with good intentions' dilemma. Matty Roth is humanised pretty well throughout the series, and you as a reader feel gutted when he ends up doing what he did with his hit squad. In fact, there is no happy ending for anyone or anything in this book, but you feel pretty satisfied by the time you are reading the epilogue issue. Speaking of which, the ending is also something to note, in the sense that it brings about a sense of closure that's complete in a level that's rarely seen, at least IMO. You truly feel that it's the end of an era by the time the end has come.
So everyone, how did those of you who read this book feel about it? What did you take away from it in the end? Also, any favorite moments? Feel free to discuss anything!