MATTY ROTH'S CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
The war in New York City might be over and the DMZ series may be ending, but Matty Roth is only now owning up for what has transpired in the war between the U.S. and the Free States. As Roth visits a strange man in a very well-kept building in the city (considering the damages), he soon realizes that he's going to have to atone for the sins he's committed.
Written by Brian Wood and drawn by Riccardo Burchielli, "The Five Nations of New York" only has one more chapter after this installment before it ends. I'm going to be sad to see this series go, because it's been one of my favorites this past year, but I'm glad that it will have a definitive ending. Wood has been able to convey so much in every issue without over-explaining or filling the pages with unnecessary captions.
Burchielli's artwork is just as striking as it always is. I love the fact that this comic is printed on newsprint, so that it has that gritty feeling that many slick and glossy comics don't have anymore. It adds to the atmosphere of Burchielli's grim New York City post-war, and I couldn't imagine it done in any other way and working as well as it does in this story.
I'm going to give this issue a 5/5 for continuing to show readers that great comics don't need tights and superpowers to be important. In fact I'd go as far as to say that this might be one of the most important pieces of sequential art in recent years. Even though it isn't word for word what's happening to the country right now, it still shows the horror of what could happen if it were to get out of hand.