The story follows survivors dealing with a plague that causes its victims to carry out their most evil thoughts and wishes. Carriers of the virus are known as the Crossed due to a cross-like rash that appears on their faces. This contagion is primarily spread through bodily fluids, which the Crossed have used to great effect by treating their weapons with their fluids.
The main story takes place ten months after the first outbreaks, with flashbacks to those events, as a small group makes their way to Alaska. In the belief that the low population before the outbreak will mean there fewer Crossed to be avoided, also the Crossed's blood lust hampers their ability to look after themselves e.g. dressing for cold weather, not fighting each other when no victims are available e.t.c.. However they encounter a small group who have a degree of self control and subsequently begin a long range hunt for the survivors.
Hanging out for the final 4 issues of DMZ, this series has really resonated with me.
In the near future, America's worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand — Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.
Matty Roth, a naïve young man and aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he's only seen on television. There, he is faced with a choice: try to find a way off the island, or make his career with an assignment most journalists would kill for. But can he survive in a war zone long enough to report the truth?