Brian Wood’s DMZ Begins Ending – Issue #72 Last Issue

Currently one of the longest running Vertigo titles, DMZ, written by Brian Wood with art mainly by Ricardo Burchielli and other various artists, is beginning it's march towards the end of the series.  Today on Twitter, Brian Wood stated the following:


So DMZ ends at 72, but this week's issue, 65, I would call the first of two endings. Some major, long-running plotlines wrap up.

Now, I knew DMZ was on the road towards ending as Brian Wood and I discussed that during our last interview, but I wasn't aware that an exact issue number was set.  I'm sure this was probably reported elsewhere, but I seem to have missed the announcement.  But now, with DMZ #65, we begin the road of endings, with the series ultimately ending at issue #72.

With 9 trade paperbacks already available, and it looks like at least another one will be in the works, that establishes DMZ along with Y: The Last Man, Preacher, and Sandman as one of the perennial titles of Vertigo, showing what a team of creators can do with a self contained run.  Wood's near-present tale of a modern American Civil War and how its politics have played out in New York City has been one of the only Vertigo titles I collected in issue form and while its had its ups and downs during the run, it has always provided a great read with some amazing artists contributing to the run.

With this week's issue, issue #65 beginning to wrap up storylines, you can expect to see some DMZ retrospectives and other highlights over the next 6 months, I'm sure. If you never read an issue of DMZ, it's never too late to start.  You can find all the trades at Amazon and there's a great website (that I don't think enough people know about) over at with interviews, artwork and other DMZ related content.


  1. DMZ Omnibus?

  2. Hopefully they’ll start releasing digital issues past #25 soon

  3. I love this series. Brian Wood is a hugely underrated writer. It’s great to see him getting such good support from ifanboy. This is one of those series that shows how much we need Vertigo. DMZ simply couldn’t survive anywhere else.

  4. Always sad to see a series end but it’s not as bad when it ends on it’s own terms.

  5. Been reading it via trade for quite a few years now. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

  6. I could have sworn this ended after the second trade

  7. Now that Wood has some free time, I can’t wait to see what’s gonna take its place. . .

  8. i’ve been considering picking this series up as my next long term TPB adventure. The idea of a planned ending being there is reassuring that the story will really do its natural thing is very appealing. 

  9. @edward  That’s a ridiculous statement.

  10. Well, the book did go downhill after the first two trades. Though the last trade I read (#8) was at that level (and convinced me to finish out the series). Also, this has been known for a long time Ron.

  11. For the gunshy/frugal among you, this is also one of those series that’s like catnip to librarians. My library has at least the first five volumes, and I’ll bet yours does, too.

  12. Avatar photo Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Y’know, Jimski is corrent. And your library might buy the rest if you ask nicely.

  13. @JeffR  Actually, now that you mention it, this is the book they bought because I asked them to. I forgot all about that. (They had volumes 1, 2, 3, and 5. I mean, honestly.)

  14. @NawidA  Still ridiculous.

  15. My library has a fantastic GN collection 🙂

  16. @vadamowens  Come on. the best thing about this series are the covers. the story is pretty painful.

  17. It’s an excellent, angry, intelligent book well deserving of it’s longevity.  It seemed to meander a little at the half way point but issue 50 seemed to put it right back on track and the last year of so has been brilliant.

  18. @edward  Outside of one arc in the 20’s, I’ve loved the shit out of this series.  But you and I have never seen eye to eye on Woods work.

  19. Always pleased to see a Vertigo book get to run its course.  Great book all around.