The second volume of DMZ, entitled “Body of a Journalist,” collects issues 6 through 12. Regular series artist Riccardo Burchielli pencils issues 6 through 10, with Kristian Donaldson featured on issue 11, and Brian Wood providing art for a guide to the city in issue 12. With the premise of the series firmly established in the first arc, this second sortie begins to highlight the flourishing social, artistic, and culinary cultures entrenched in the DMZ. We get a closer look at the FSA, witness the complex resolution of the Viktor Ferguson storyline, and are treated to the first of many one-shot special issues. Zee’s story in issue 11 illustrates how radically war changes an ordinary person. Matty’s guide to the city in issue 12 gives us the first glimpse into the mindset of the DMZ residents. They are neither USA nor FSA, but their own stand alone entity with a unique sense of identity. Wood offers startling tactical suggestions, such as the notion of having to pull combat troops home to secure Brooklyn because domestic forces are spread thin with regular Army and National Guard troops deployed overseas. Riccardo Burchielli continues to envelop us in a war torn cityscape, with haunting echoes of 9/11 that still reside in the collective consciousness. He vividly brings to life the idea of “war at home,” which is a foreign concept and simply a shock to our senses.
Brian, what was the title of this arc, Body of a Journalist, intended to convey?