Brian Wood (comics)
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Wood at the Big Apple Convention in 2011
|Born||1972 (age 46–47)|
Essex Junction, Vermont, U.S.
|Known for||Graphic designer, illustrator, comic books|
|DMZ, Demo, Northlanders|
|Awards||7 Eisner Award nominations, NAVGTR Award Nominee for Drama Writing, Facebook 2017 Game Of The Year Award|
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.
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. 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 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".
The DC / Vertigo exclusive years (2006–2011)Edit
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.
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 for the first 17 issues of that series. In 2014 he wrote Moon Knight #6–12
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.
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,, 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.
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.
In 2016, Wood and artist Tristan Jones launched Aliens: Defiance, a new monthly series in the mold of the original 1979 film. 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.
In September 2018, Dark Horse announced Aliens: Resistance, written by Wood with art by Robert Carey, Dan Jackson, and Tristan Jones. Followed soon after by Aliens: Rescue,  with Kieran McKeown, colorist JL Straw, letterer Nate Piekos, and Mack Chater and Robert de la Torre on covers.
Video game careerEdit
Film and television careerEdit
Wood is credited as writing two web series in 2012 for Geek & Sundry made up of an adaptation of three The Massive short stories and an adaptation of the first story arc of his and Becky Cloonan's Conan the Barbarian.
He also produced the short film Future Imperfect.
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.
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:
- Sven the Returned (collects #1–8, tpb, 200 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1918-7)
- The Cross + The Hammer (collects #11–16, tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2296-X)
- Blood in the Snow (collects #9–10 and 17–20, tpb, 144 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2620-5)
- The Plague Widow (collects #21–28, tpb, 192 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2850-X)
- Metal and Other Stories (collects #29–36, tpb, 192 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3160-8)
- Thor's Daughter (collects #37–41, tpb, 128 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3366-X)
- The Icelandic Trilogy (collects #42–50, tpb, 200 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-3691-X)
- Northlanders Book One: The Anglo-Saxon Saga (2016, ISBN 1-40126-3313)
- Northlanders Book Two: The Icelandic Saga (2016, ISBN 1-4012-6508-1)
- Northlanders Book Three: The European Saga (2017, ISBN 1-4012-7379-3)
- Dark Horse Presents #8, short story "The Massive - North Sea 1995", art by Kristian Donaldson
- Dark Horse Presents #9, short story "The Massive - Bay of Bengal 1984", art by Kristian Donaldson
- Dark Horse Presents #10, short story "The Massive - Barents Sea", art by Kristian Donaldson
- Black Pacific (collects #1–6 + Dark Horse Presents short stories, 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 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)
- The Massive Omnibus Volume One (collects #0–15, 400 pages, 2019, ISBN 1-5067-1332-7)
- The Massive Omnibus Volume Two (collects #16–30, 400 pages, 2019, ISBN 1-5067-1333-5)
- Channel Zero original 14-page short story, Self-published, 1997
- 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
- Aliens: Defiance #1–12 (with Tristan Jones, others, 2016–)
- Aliens: Defiance Library Edition (320 pages, 2019 ISBN 1-5067-1458-7)
- Aliens: Resistance #1–4 (with Robert Carey, others, 2019)
- Aliens: Rescue #1–4 (with Kieran McKeown, others, 2019)
- Aliens: Rescue (96 pages, 2019)
Other Dark Horse ComicsEdit
- Conan the Barbarian #1–25 (with Becky Cloonan, James Harren, Vasilis Lolos, and others, 2012–2014) collected as:
- Volume 13: Queen Of The Black Coast (collects #1–6, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5043-0)
- Volume 14: The Death (collects #7–12, tpb, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5123-2)
- Volume 15: Nightmare Of The Shallows (collects #13–18, tpb, 152 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5385-5)
- Volume 16: The Song Of Belit (collects #19–25, tpb, 176 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-6165-5524-6)
- Conan Omnibus Volume 5 (432 pages, 2018, ISBN 1-5067-0810-2)
- Conan Omnibus Volume 6 (432 pages, 2018, ISBN 1-5067-1049-2)
- Dark Horse Presents #8–10: "The Massive" (with Kristian Donaldson, 2012)
- Star Wars #1–20 (with Carlos D'Anda, and others, 2013–2014) collected as:
- In The Shadow Of Yavin (collects #1–6, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5170-4)
- From The Ruins Of Alderaan (collects #7–12, tpb, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5311-1)
- Rebel Girl (collects #15–18, tpb, 96 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5483-5)
- A Shattered Hope (collects #13–14, #19–20, plus the FCBD story, tpb, 112 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5483-5)
- The New York Four Collected Omnibus Graphic Novel (with Ryan Kelly, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5605-6)
- Demo Collected Omnibus Graphic Novel (with Becky Cloonan, 2015 ISBN 1-6165-5682-X)
- Eve: Valkyrie (Hardcover, 96 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-6165-5767-2)
- Rebels #1–10 (with Andrea Mutti and others, 2015–)
- Rebels: These Free and Independent States #1–8 (with Andrea Mutti and others, 2017–)
- Briggs Land #1– (with Mack Chater, 2016–)
- Dark Horse Number Ones (208 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-5067-0296-1)
- Rome West (with Justin Giampaoli and Andrea Mutti, 2018, ISBN 1-5067-0499-9)
- Terminator: Sector War #1-4 (with Jeff Stokely, 2018–)
- Sword Daughter #1- (with Mack Chater, 2018–)
- The Tourist (with Toby Cypress, graphic novel, tpb, 104 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-58240-597-2)
- CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics #2: "Channel Zero: Urban Combat" (script and art, 2009)
- The Couriers (with Rob G and Brett Weldele) as "The Couriers: Complete Collection" (script, 2012, ISBN 1-6070-6641-6)
- collects the original graphic novels: The Couriers (2003), The Couriers: Dirtbike Manifesto (2004), The Couriers: The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker (2005), and Couscous Express (2001)
- Mara #1–6 (with Ming Doyle, 2012)
- Starve #1–10 (with Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart, 2015–)
- Black Road #1–10 (with Garry Brown, 2015–)
- Black Road: The Holy North HC (with Garry Brown, 2018, ISBN 1-5343-0670-6)
- Generation X:
- Counter-X Volume 2 (tpb, 192 pages, 2008, ISBN 0-7851-3305-4) collects:
- "Four Days" (with Steve Pugh and Ron Lim, in #71–74, 2001)
- "Brand New Day" (with Ron Lim, in #75, 2001)
- Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1–5 (with Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi, 2012) collected as TPB, 120 pages, 2012, ISBN 0-7851-6400-6
- X-Men, volume 3 #30–37 (with David Lopez, 2012)
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men #13–33 (with Paco Medina, 2012–2013)
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men by Brian Wood Vol. 1 (136 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-7851-6136-8)
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men by Brian Wood Vol. 2 (136 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-7851-6720-X)
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men by Brian Wood Vol. 3 (136 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-6721-8)
- Ultimate Comics: Divided We Fall, United We Stand (408 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-785-18416-3)
- X-Men, volume 4 #1–17 (with Olivier Coipel, Terry Dodson, Kris Anka, Clay Mann 2013–2014) collected as
- Moon Knight #7–12 (with Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire), 2014–2015), collected as:
- Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol. 1 (with others, collects Star Wars #1–12 originally published by Dark Horse, 504 pages, 2016, ISBN 0-7851-9546-7)
- Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol. 2 (with others, collects Star Wars #13–20 originally published by Dark Horse, 504 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-3029-0696-8)
Other DC Comics/Vertigo/WildstormEdit
- Fight for Tomorrow #1–6 (with Denys Cowan and Kent Williams, 2002–2003) collected as Fight for Tomorrow (tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1562-9)
- Tales of the Unexpected: "Americana" (with Emily Carroll, one-shot, 2011)
- Supernatural #1–6 (with Grant Bond, 2011–2012) collected as Supernatural: The Dogs of Edinburgh (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3506-9)
- Global Frequency (covers only, 2002–2004, 2012)
- DV8: Gods & Monsters (with Rebekah Ann Isaacs, 2010–2011) collected as DV8: Gods & Monsters (tpb, 192 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2973-5)
- No Justice/No Piece #2: "Cold Transfer" (art, with Michelle Lo, Head Press, 1998)
- Astronauts in Trouble: Live from the Moon #1: "Stone, Cold" (art, with Larry Young, Gun Dog, 1999)
- Overtime #1 (cover only, Cyberosia, 2002)
- Oni Press:
- Vampirella (Harris):
- Project: Superior: "The Watcher" (script and art, anthology graphic novel, 288 pages, AdHouse Books, 2005, ISBN 0-9721794-8-8)
- Decoy: Menagerie Volume 2: "Magic Bullets" (with Martin Montiel, anthology graphic novel, 162 pages, Penny-Farthing Press, 2006, ISBN 0-9719012-7-9)
- Dynamite Entertainment:
- Titan Books
- Madefire and Titan Magazines
- Mono: Pacific (digital miniseries subsequently published in hardcover, 48 pages, 2015)
- Logos for Warren Ellis' comics forum The Engine
- Logos and art direction (2003–2004) for San Francisco-based publishing company AiT/Planet Lar
- Staff designer for Rockstar Games (1999–2003); package design for:
- Package design for Eidos' Backyard Wrestling 2
- Logo designs for Sandbox Strategies, The Comic Book Database, artbomb.net
- Book designs for 1000 Steps to World Domination, Bad Mojo, Blackheart Billy, Tales from Fish Camp
- Web designer for ivillage.com, nerve.com, neoplanet.com, agency.com
- Illustration, character and environment design for Nike.
- Future Imperfect, producer / production manager.
- "Nike Develops Animated Shorts for Shox Neo Line" Advertising Age. January 12, 2005.
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- "Updates, December 19, 2006". Brian Wood's LiveJournal. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2006.
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- Estrella, Ernie (February 20, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES ALIENS: RESCUE, THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE AMANDA RIPLEY SAGA". Syfy]]. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
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| Generation X writer
(with Warren Ellis in 2000)
| X-Men writer
| Ultimate_Comics:_X-Men writer
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