Brian Wood (comics)

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Brian Wood
Wood at the Big Apple Convention in 2011
Born1972 (age 45–46)
Known forGraphic designer, illustrator, comic books
Notable work
DMZ, Demo, Northlanders
Awards7 Eisner Award nominations, NAVGTR Award Nominee for Drama Writing, Facebook 2017 Game Of The Year Award

Brian Wood (born 1972) is an American writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He is known primarily as a comic book creator, and has also written for television and video games.

Early in his comics career, Wood held a day job for several years as a staff designer for Rockstar Games, designing for video game franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Max Payne, Smuggler's Run, and Manhunt. He created covers for Warren Ellis's Global Frequency and his own DMZ, among others. Wood's illustrations have appeared in short films for Nike.[1]

Wood was born in Essex Junction, Vermont. He relocated to New York City in 1991 and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1997.[2]

Comics career[edit]

Early career (1997–2003)[edit]

Wood's first professional work in comics was the 5-issue miniseries Channel Zero, published by Image Comics from 1997–98, initially created as part of a final project for graduation from Parsons School of Design. Channel Zero is set in a dystopian near-future New York City where the tenets of Mayor Giuliani have grown into a freedom-restricting government initiative called 'The Clean Act'. The protagonist is Jennie 2.5, a DIY media personality. Channel Zero was orphaned shortly after Image Comics sold out of the first print run of the collection, opting not to return to press. AiT/Planet Lar acquired it soon afterwards.

Wood was absent from comics for two years, working at a series of Internet design jobs during the dot-com boom.[3] In early 2000, Warren Ellis offered Wood a co-writing job on Marvel Comics' Generation X, as part of Ellis's Counter-X run (in which Ellis served as "Plotmaster"). Wood co-wrote issues #63–70 with Ellis, and wrote #71–75 on his own.

Wood returned to creator-owned comics between 2000 and 2003, producing several graphic novels and miniseries, including Couscous Express, The Couriers, and Jennie One for AIT, Pounded for Oni Press, and Fight For Tomorrow for DC's imprint Vertigo. He was employed as AIT's art director for roughly six months, creating not only their logo and branding, but covers for many of the books they published during this time. He worked again with Ellis, creating 14 covers for the Wildstorm series Global Frequency.

Demo and Local (2003–2005)[edit]

In late 2003, Wood quit his staff job at Rockstar Games[4] and teamed with artist Becky Cloonan to create the monthly series Demo. Each of the 12 issues told its own complete story, and included eight pages of "backmatter", bonus material that was intentionally left out of the eventual collected edition. The Demo format proved so successful that Wood went on to replicate it, with minor changes, for his 12-issue series Local at Oni Press, begun in 2005 and drawn by artist Ryan Kelly. Local differs from Demo in that it includes a focal character, Megan McKeenan, whose character arc is gradually traced through the series, although she is not always the protagonist within each issue. This difference has led Local down its own path; Wood refers to it as "transcending its 'done in one' format to really be about Megan's story, her life, that progression over time".[5]


2006 saw the publication of the graphic novel The Tourist from Image Comics, and Supermarket, a 4-issue series from IDW co-created and drawn by Kristian Donaldson.

The DC / Vertigo exclusive years (2006–2011)[edit]

In August 2006, DC Comics announced that Wood was signed to an exclusive contract.[6]

Wood co-created DMZ, a critically acclaimed ongoing series from Vertigo for which he is best-known, Northlanders, a historical-fiction series set during the Viking Age, The New York Four and The New York Five, a young adult series, and a new Demo miniseries. For DC/Wildstorm, he wrote a DV8 miniseries with Rebekah Isaacs, and a Supernatural miniseries with Grant Bond. DMZ and Northlanders have both received Deluxe omnibus reprints in both hardcover and paperback.

In August 2011, Wood discussed the conclusion of Northlanders, the ending of his exclusive and regular work for DC Comics, and the rumors he was working on a Supergirl series for the New 52.[7]

Marvel Comics (2012–2014)[edit]

Shortly after his DC Comics exclusive ended, Wood wrote a series of X-Men comics for Marvel, starting with the Wolverine & The X-Men: Alpha and Omega miniseries. He was then announced as the ongoing writer of the "adjectiveless" X-Men title and penned issues #30–37. He signed on to Ultimate Comics: X-Men and wrote issues #13–33. When X-Men was rebranded as an all-female title, he continued on as writer[8] for the first 17 issues of that series.[9] In 2014 he wrote Moon Knight #6–12[10]

Image Comics (2012–)[edit]

Wood returned to Image Comics with an omnibus edition of The Couriers, followed by three new monthly series: Mara with Ming Doyle, Starve with collaborators Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart, and Black Road with Garry Brown.[11]

Dark Horse Comics (2012–)[edit]

Wood shifted the bulk of his creator owned work to Dark Horse Comics following his time at DC Comics. He created and authored the five-volume The Massive, followed by the prequel series The Massive Ninth Wave, with art by Garry Brown, JP Leon, and Kristian Donaldson, among others.

Rebels, a historical series set during the American Revolution,[12], was co-created in 2014 with artist Andrea Mutti. In 2017, Wood and Andrea Mutti returned for a second Rebels series, entitled These Free and Independent States.[13]

Briggs Land, described as a crime series set within an American secessionist movement, is Wood's newest socio-political series, and secured a television deal with AMC prior to publication of the comic. Currently there are two volumes of Briggs Land in print.

Wood also brought the Channel Zero, Demo, and The New York Four properties to Dark Horse, who collected and printed them in comprehensive omnibus editions.[14][15]

For the company, he did a 25-issue stint on Conan the Barbarian, a 20-issue run on Star Wars, and a miniseries leading into the release of the Eve: Valkyrie virtual reality video game.

In 2016, Wood and artist Tristan Jones launched Aliens: Defiance, a new monthly series in the mold of the original 1979 film.[16] It ran for 12 issues and collected into two volumes. It introduced the character of Zula Hendricks.

In June 2018, Wood and Mack Chater launched the monthly series Sword Daughter.[17]

In September 2018, Dark Horse announced Aliens: Resistance,[18] written by Wood with art by Robert Carey, Dan Jackson, and Tristan Jones.

Video game career[edit]

Wood is credited with co-writing 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, created by Navid Khonsari.

Film and television career[edit]

Wood is credited as writing two web series in 2012 for Geek & Sundry made up of an adaptation of three The Massive short stories[19][20] and an adaptation of the first story arc of his and Becky Cloonan's Conan the Barbarian.[21][22]

He also produced the short film Future Imperfect.[23]

In 2016 Wood commenced work on Briggs Land, writing both a monthly comic book for Dark Horse Comics and a television show for AMC Networks. He is also serving as an executive producer on the series.[24]



DMZ (script and art, with Riccardo Burchielli, Kristian Donaldson, Nathan Fox, Danijel Žeželj, Nikki Cook, Ryan Kelly, Andrea Mutti, Cliff Chiang, David Lapham, Shawn Martinbrough and others, DC Comics/Vertigo, 2006–2012) collected as:

  • On the Ground (collects #1–5, tpb, 128 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1062-7)
  • Body of a Journalist (collects #6–12, tpb, 168 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1247-6)
  • Public Works (collects #13–17, tpb, 128 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1476-2)
  • Friendly Fire (collects #18–22, tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1662-5)
  • The Hidden War (collects #23–28, tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1833-4)
  • Blood in the Game (collects #29–34, tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2130-0)
  • War Powers (collects #35–41, tpb, 168 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2430-X)
  • Hearts and Minds (collects #42–49, tpb, 192 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2726-0)
  • M.I.A. (collects #50–54, tpb, 128 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2996-4)
  • Collective Punishment (collects #55–59, tpb, 128 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3150-0)
  • Free States Rising (collects #60–65, tpb, 168 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3389-9)
  • The Five Nations of New York (collects #66–72, tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3479-8)
  • DMZ Deluxe Vol 1 (collects #1–12, HC, 304 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4300-2)
  • DMZ Deluxe Vol 2 (collects #13–28, HC, 416 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4765-2)
  • DMZ Deluxe Vol 3 (collects #29–44, HC, 392 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5000-9)
  • DMZ Deluxe Vol 4 (collects #45–59, HC, 384 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5411-X)
  • DMZ Deluxe Vol 5 (collects #60–72, HC, 296 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5843-3)
  • DMZ Book One (collects #1–12, softcover, 296 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-4012-6135-3)
  • DMZ Book Two (collects #13–28, softcover, 416 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-4012-6357-7)
  • DMZ Book Three (collects #29–44, softcover, 392 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-4012-6548-0)
  • DMZ Book Four (collects #45–59, softcover, 384 pages, 2018, ISBN 1-4012-7463-3)
  • DMZ Book Five (collects #60–72, softcover, 304 pages, 2019, ISBN 1-4012-8583-X)


Northlanders (with Davide Gianfelice, Dean Ormston, Ryan Kelly, Vasilis Lolos, Danijel Žeželj, Leandro Fernandez, Fiona Staples, Riccardo Burchielli, Becky Cloonan, Simon Gane, Matt Woodson, Marian Churchland, Paul Azaceta and Declan Shalvey, 2008–2012) collected as:

The Massive[edit]

The Massive #1–30 (#1–3 with Kristian Donaldson, #4–9, #13–30 with Garry Brown and others) collected as:

  • Black Pacific (collects #1–6 + three short stories first appearing in Dark Horse Presents #8–10, 176 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5132-1)
  • Subcontinental (collects #7–12, tpb, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5316-2)
  • Longship (collects #13–18, tpb, 152 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5446-0)
  • Sahara (collects #19–24, tpb, 152 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-6165-5508-4)
  • Ragnarok (collects #25–30, tpb, 152 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-6165-5652-8)
  • The Massive Library Edition Book One (collects #0–15, hardcover, 400 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-5067-0091-8)
  • The Massive Library Edition Book Two (collects #16–30, hardcover, 400 pages, 2016)
  • The Massive: Ninth Wave #1–6 (with Garry Brown 2015–2016)
  • The Massive: Ninth Wave Library Edition (collects #1–6, hardcover, 152 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-5067-0091-8)
  • The Massive: Ninth Wave (collects #1–6, softcover, 152 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-5067-0009-8)

Channel Zero[edit]

  • Channel Zero original 14-page short story, Self-published, 1997
    • #1-6, 1998-1999, Image Comics
    • first collected edition, 1999, Image Comics
    • second collected edition, 2000, AIT/PlaNetLar ISBN 0-9676-8474-9
    • Public Domain Designbook, 2001, AIT/PlaNetLar ISBN 0-9709-3605-2
    • Jennie One, art by Becky Cloonan, 2002, AIT/PlaNetLar ISBN 1-9320-5107-4
    • Public Domain 2, 2009, Self-published
    • Collected Omnibus Complete Edition, with Becky Cloonan, 2012, Dark Horse Comics ISBN 1-5958-2936-9

Other Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other DC Comics/Vertigo/Wildstorm[edit]

Boom! Studios[edit]

Other publishers[edit]




  • Eisner Award Nomination for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (2004)
  • Eisner Award Nomination for Best Cover Artist (for Global Frequency) (2004)
  • Eagle Awards Nomination for Favourite Comic Book Cover (Global Frequency #7) (2004)
  • Eisner Award Nomination for Best Single Issue (Demo #7) (2005)
  • Eisner Award Nomination for Best Limited Series (Demo) (2005)
  • Winner of Grand Jury Best Short Story (Demo's "Emmy"), Lucca Comics & Games, Italy (2007)
  • Eagle Awards Nomination for Favourite Black and White Comicbook – American (Local) (2007)
  • Eisner Award Nomination for Best Writer (for DMZ, Northlanders, Local) (2008)
  • Harvey Award Nomination for Best Presentation (for Local) (2009)
  • Eisner Award Nomination for Best Limited Series (The New York Five) (2011)
  • Eisner Award Nomination for Best Limited Series (Briggs Land) (2017)


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Preceded by
Jay Faerber
Generation X writer
(with Warren Ellis in 2000)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Victor Gischler
X-Men writer
Succeeded by
Marc Guggenheim
Preceded by
Ultimate_Comics:_X-Men writer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Warren Ellis
Moon Knight writer
Succeeded by
Cullen Bunn