In the world of tomorrow, terrorists have taken over and undesirables have taken over — whether they be artificial gangsters and prostitutes or rebel insurgents. Enter DMZ and City of Tomorrow, two very different comic interpretations on how a story of the future might play out.
Aspiring photojournalist Matty Roth has scored the internship of a lifetime: accompanying an award-winning correspondent into the heart of a city devastated by civil war! But when the crew and their military escort are slaughtered, Matty is forced to choose between his government and the “rebels” he’s been taught to hate.
The catch? The country in question is the USA, the so-called “demilitarized zone” is the once-majestic island of Manhattan, and the rebel insurgents are former Americans doing their best to stay alive in impossible conditions. Matty soon realizes that as the ultimate embedded journalist he has the opportunity to report a story in a way that has never been done before.
Although partly inspired by the terrorist events of 9/11, as well as the ongoing wars in the Mid East, DMZ’s focus is the people affected by an urban war, rather than the motivating politics.
City of Tomorrow
Following a devastating terrorist attack, scientific genius Eli Foyle used advanced nano-technology to construct Columbia, a Utopian city where lucky citizens enjoyed an idyllic existence while lifelike bio-cybernetic robots handled every menial task.
With poverty, disease, and war globally rampant, Columbia was a safe haven from harsh reality. Unfortunately, every Eden has its serpent. In this case, a techno-virus turned the city into a dangerously oppressive police-state, complete with nano-tech versions of gangsters, prostitutes, and other “undesirables.”
It falls to Eli’s estranged son Tucker, former troubled teen runaway turned Black Ops agent, to clean up the mess. Unfortunately, their reunion is marred by several unexpected revelations.
Loaded with random flashbacks and abrupt scene changes, this series is often confusing, though it pulls together by the final issue. Of course, Howard Chaykin provides plenty of visual appeal with his standard iron-jawed men and voluptuous women.
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