Brian Wood takes a leaf out of Y: The Last Man’s book and leaps forward in time for the final instalment of his Vertigo opus, showing us what New York City is like in 15 years time, rebuilt and shiny, but with the spectre of war just behind everything. It’s a bitter-sweet ending in a lot of ways, because Matty spends the rest of his life in prison with lots of regrets, but what he did ensures that the DMZ had a future. I’m not sure if the anonymous woman wandering around the city reading Matty’s book is supposed to be someone we know or the daughter of someone we know, but I suspect she’s meant to be an everyman (or everywoman) and representative of the reader. This issue was a great encapsulation of the events of the previous 71 issues, and some of the memorials and moments really stood out for me, the Day 204 memorial will live in my memory, and it’s a fictional tragedy! It feels strange to me that DMZ is ending, it was the first Vertigo series I ever picked up in single issues and has been a constant in my comic book life for 6 years now. I’m sad to see it go, but it told the story it wanted to, and I’ll want to revisit it again and again. Thanks Brian and Riccardo and everyone else, you rocked it.