Brian Wood (comics)

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Brian Wood
Wood at the Big Apple Convention in 2011
Known forGraphic design, illustration, comic books
Notable work
Demo, DMZ, Northlanders

Brian Wood (born 1972) is an American writer, illustrator, and graphic designer, known for his work in comic books, television and video games. His noted comic book work includes the series DMZ, Demo, Northlanders, his web series work includes adaptations of short stories from the comics series The Massive for Geek & Sundry, and his video game work includes co-writing 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.

Early life[edit]

Brian Wood grew up in the village of Essex Junction, Vermont, describing his upbringing as "outdoorsy and active, with regular incidents involving neighborhood bullies and trauma at home." He describes a period of heavy drinking before moving to New York City to attend college, stating "I was ejected into the adult world too early, orphaned and lacking a plan, support, or sound judgement.".[1] Wood graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1997.[2]


Wood's first professional work in comics was the 5-issue limited series Channel Zero, published by Image Comics in 1998, which began as part of his graduation project for 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 collected edition, opting not to return to press, and AiT/Planet Lar acquired it soon afterwards. Following Channel Zero, Wood took a two-year break from comics, 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. Wood co-wrote issues #63–70 with Ellis and 71–75 on his own, before the series was canceled as part of incoming Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada's attempts to simplify the X-Men franchise.

After finishing Generation X, Wood produced a number creator-owned comics, including Couscous Express, The Couriers and Channel Zero: Jennie One for AiT/Planet Lar, Pounded for Oni Press and Fight for Tomorrow for DC Comics's imprint Vertigo. During this period, Wood also held a day job 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.[4] In 2001, Wood and artist David Choe were commissioned by Marvel to develop the concept of an X-Men series for Marvel's then-upcoming MAX imprint.[5][6] Although the project was shelved at the time, it was later released with a different creative team, while Wood used his ideas to develop a 12-issue creator-owned series Demo with artist Becky Cloonan.[7] Each of the 12 issues told its own complete story, and included eight pages of bonus material that was intentionally left out of the eventual collected edition. The Demo format proved successful so Wood went on to replicate it, with minor changes, for his 12-issue series Local at Oni Press, launched in 2005 and drawn by artist Ryan Kelly.[8]

In August 2006, DC Comics announced that Wood was signed to an exclusive contract.[9] During this period, he launched the Vertigo series DMZ and Northlanders, a new Demo miniseries, the graphic novel The New York Four for the Minx imprint and its sequel The New York Five at Vertigo. For Wildstorm, he wrote a DV8 miniseries drawn by Rebekah Isaacs and a Supernatural miniseries drawn by Grant Bond. In 2011, Wood was rumored to write the relaunched Supergirl series as part of DC's New 52 initiative,[10] but shortly after the end of his exclusive DC contract, he returned to Marvel's X-Men, starting with the Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega miniseries. He then took over the monthly X-Men series as the ongoing writer through issues #30–37 of the third volume and the first 17 issues of the volume relaunched after that one.[11][12] Other work for Marvel includes a run on Ultimate Comics: X-Men and a 6-issue stint on Moon Knight, then-recently revamped by Warren Ellis.[13]

In January 2007, Intrepid Pictures acquired the feature film rights to Wood and Rob G.'sThe Couriers with Javier Grillo-Marxuach set to pen the screenplay.[14] Following his time at DC Comics, Wood returned to Image with three new series (Mara with Ming Doyle, Starve with Danijel Žeželj and Black Road with Garry Brown)[15] and made his Dark Horse debut with creator-owned series The Massive and a 25-issue run on Conan the Barbarian, followed by a 20-issue run on Star Wars and a miniseries leading into the release of the Eve: Valkyrie virtual reality video game. In 2012, Wood wrote two web series for Geek & Sundry, adapting three The Massive short stories[16][17] and the first story arc of his and Becky Cloonan's Conan the Barbarian.[18][19] Wood brought the Channel Zero, Demo and The New York Four properties to Dark Horse, collecting and printing them in comprehensive omnibus editions.[20][21]

Later creator-owned work for Dark Horse includes Rebels, a historical series set during the American Revolution,[22] co-created with artist Andrea Mutti, and its sequel These Free and Independent States,[23] as well Briggs Land, described as a crime series set within an American secessionist movement. In May 2016, Briggs Land was reported to be in development for AMC, with A24 as producing partners and Wood acting as executive producer and the writer of the pilot episode.[24] That same year, Wood co-wrote the video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, created by Navid Khonsari. In June 2018, Wood and his Briggs Land collaborator Mack Chater launched a new monthly series, Sword Daughter.[25]

Wood has written a number of comics for the Aliens franchise, starting with the 12-issue Aliens: Defiance,[26] which introduced the point-of-view character Zula Hendricks,[27][28][29] who was featured in the 2019 novelization of the video game Alien: Isolation[30] and the novel Alien: Prototype.[27] In September 2018, Dark Horse announced Aliens: Resistance,[31] written by Wood with art by Robert Carey. It was followed by Aliens: Rescue.[32]

In 2014, Warner Horizon were reported to be developing a DMZ television show with producers David Heyman and Andre and Maria Jacquemetton for the Syfy network.[33] In January 2020, a new DMZ deal was announced, this time for HBO Max, with Ava DuVernay directing, Roberto Patino showrunning, and Rosario Dawson in a lead role.[34] On November 19, 2020, Deadline reported that HBO Max has ordered DMZ to series with actors Hoon Lee, Freddie Miyares and Jordan Preston Carter joining the cast and Patino writing all four episodes.[35]

Accusations of sexual misconduct[edit]

In November 2013, cartoonist Tess Fowler accused Wood of sexual harassment in offering her his hotel room number at a bar encounter during San Diego Comic-Con in 2003.[36] Later that month, former DC Comics employee Anne Scherbina stated that, following a rejected pass sometime in 2002, Wood had relayed a rumor about her making out in a DC Comics stockroom to journalist Rich Johnston, and, while Scherbina admitted she was not named specifically, Noah Berlatsky, writing in The Atlantic, observed that a connection could have possibly been made nonetheless. Johnston published the rumor in his Lying in the Gutters column at Comic Book Resources (now and later expressed regret, offering an apology.[37]

On November 15, Wood responded to Fowler with an apology, stating in part, "when she declined, that was the conclusion of the matter for me. There was never an exertion of power, no threats, and no revenge..." He went on to state, "I think the larger issues of abuse in the comics industry are genuine and I share everyone's concerns. I don't want our difference of accounts to take attention away from that industry-wide discussion that needs to happen." Fowler acknowledged that she had forgiven Wood years earlier, and responded in part: "Brian Wood has every right to be a part of comics. To make books and make a living unhindered. I believe that. I also believe his behavior is a symptom of a much bigger disease."[38]

In August 2019, Laura Hudson stated that in 2007, before she founded ComicsAlliance, Wood had "grabbed" her and "forced" her into a kiss at a bar.[39][40] When approached by Comics Beat regarding the allegations, Dark Horse issued a statement saying, "Effective immediately, Dark Horse will not pursue any new projects with Brian Wood".[41] On August 21, 2020, The Comics Journal reported that following Hudson's employment on the Ava DuVernay-helmed adaptation of Wood's DMZ, her tweets about Wood were deleted.[42]

On June 19, 2020, Fowler posted screenshots of her exchange with Wood on Twitter and noted that she did "not take it as a genuine apology."[43]


Early work[edit]

  • Channel Zero: The Complete Collection (tpb, 296 pages, Dark Horse, 2012, ISBN 1-5958-2936-9) collects:
    • Titles originally published by Image:
      • Channel Zero #1–5 (script and art, 1998) also collected as Channel Zero (tpb, 120 pages, 1998, ISBN 1-5824-0082-2)
      • Channel Zero: Dupe (script and art, one-shot containing the 14-page Channel Zero story previously self-published by Wood, a new 3-page comic story and a 6-page prose story, 1999)
      • Liberty Comics #2: "Urban Combat" (script and art, anthology, 2009) also collected in CBLDF Presents: Liberty (hc, 216 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6070-6937-7; tpb, 2016, ISBN 1-6070-6996-2)
    • Titles originally published by AiT/PlanetLar:
  • No Justice/No Piece #2: "Cold Transfer" (as artist, written by Michelle Lo, anthology, Head Press, 1998)
  • Lost Heroes #4 (as inker — with Jerry Vanderstelt; co-written by Diane Berger and Rob Prior, drawn by Prior, Davdez Arts, 1998)
  • Astronauts in Trouble: Live from the Moon #1: "Stone, Cold" (as artist, written by Larry Young, co-feature, Gun Dog Comics, 1999)
  • Just 1 Page: Heroes: "Buddy Bradley" (script and art, one-page strip in the anthology one-shot, Comic Festival, 2001)
  • AiT/PlanetLar:
  • Oni Press:
  • Vampirella (Harris):
  • Project: Superior: "The Watcher" (script and art, anthology graphic novel, 288 pages, AdHouse Books, 2005, ISBN 0-9721794-8-8)


Marvel Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Design credits[edit]


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