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Last month, Brian Wood made note that he would be designing a variant cover for the final issue of DMZ, #72 (out next month), in addition to the regular cover by J.P. Leon. He urged fans that wanted the variant to ask their retailers early to order it, which we of course did, sight unseen.
Now we’ve seen it. Over the weekend, Wood posted the final variant cover on his tumblr, and it is gorgeous. Showing off the graphic design skills that made Wood famous in comics at the beginning of his career, it shows the final state of the DMZ after all of the events that have taken place over the past 71 issues of the book. It also features a nod/callback to a previous Wood cover for the book — that of issue #3, which is easily one of the most iconic covers of the series (in our opinion, anyway).
Last issue saw the wrap-up for the longest running arc of the series, and the upcoming issue hops ten years into the future to find out the final fate of the city that homed the epic drama encompassed throughout the book. The solicit for the final issue is as follows:
Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art by RICCARDO BURCHIELLI
Cover by J.P. LEON
1:10 Variant cover by BRIAN WOOD
On sale DECEMBER 21 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
MATURE READERS – FINAL ISSUE
In a city that once seemed to be in a permanent state of war and despair, peace has reigned for a decade. What has become of the city that Matty Roth, Zee and so many others fought to preserve?
If you haven’t asked your retailer to order a copy of the variant, you might want to call them right away. Either way, December 21st both can’t come soon enough and will hopefully take a long time to get here, if only so we don’t have to admit to ourselves that the series won’t be coming out anymore.