DMZ takes us to a city in the midst of a civil war between the Free States and the United States of America and depicts how the people living in New York City (the demilitarized zone) deal with the horrors of it. NYC happens to be right in the middle of the factions of this war in the same way that of strip of land that separates North Korea from South Korea. It’s not very clear what triggered the war but we do know it’s been going on for many years. Our main character, Matthew lands in Manhattan as a part of a Liberty News crew that gets ambushed. He’s not very enthusiastic about going back home and decides to stay. War takes its toll on him gradually. We see him horrified at first and then he grows more and more used to war and its atrocities. We see how the war has transformed other people as well to the degree they end up accepting things that are both horrendous and atrocious as a normal part of their daily lives. Not that they have other choices. This character Zee, for instance, helps people who have been injured as a result of battle. She visits them and takes medical care of them. She’s apparently immune to the horrors. It becomes really evident when we see Matt’s reaction. He immediately gets very nervous to the point he has to leave the room in order to calm himself down. Once he gets more acquainted with the city and its everyday life we see Matt also starts to change. People start to recognize him as the reporter who is working for Liberty News in Manhattan, like a sort of local celebrity.