Brian Wood, born January 29, 1972, is most well known as a writer for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. He has written comics and graphic novels for many different publishers and also does illustration. He has done covers for many different series throughout his career, and has had illustrations appear in magazines and newspapers, such as the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He was also a staff designer at Rockstar Game Studios working on titles such as Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Max Payne.
By 1991 Wood had moved from his birthplace of Essex County to New York City where he graduated from the Parson’s School of Design in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in illustration. It was at Parson’s that Wood created his first professional work in comics as part of a final project. The title was Channel Zero, and it was a 5 issue miniseries published by Image set in a dystopian New York City based on the ideals and policies of Rudy Giuliani (mayor of NYC at the time).
Brian Wood spent the time between 1997 and 2002 mostly away from comics. He did web-design work for several dot-com start-ups, and worked at Rockstar Games during this time and until 2003. But he did do the occasional cover during this period of time most notably for multiple series published by AIT/Planet Lar who also publish the collected edition of Wood’s Channel Zero series. In addition to this he worked as a co-writer with Warren Ellis* on Generation X for issues 63-70. Wood then wrote the final five issues of that series by himself. His working relationship with Ellis would continue for years as Wood did several of the covers for Ellis’s Wildstorm** series Global Frequency.
In 2002 Oni Press released the graphic novel Pounded from Wood and Steve Rolston. Between 2001 and 2003 Wood released the graphic novels Couscous Express and Jennie One as well as the 3 issue mini-series The Couriers all set in the same universe as Channel Zero. Also, in 2002 he wrote Fight for Tomorrow a mini-series for Vertigo.
Towards the end of 2003 the Wood left his job at Rockstar to create a the 12-issue limited series Demo with Becky Cloonan, who was the artist for Jennie One. Each of the series’ monthly issues told its own complete story and was a complete success earning two Eisner Award nominations. Wood revisited the format with his 2005 Oni Press series Local which again had 12 issues, each with a complete story, except Local’s stories all centered around the character of Megan McKeenan. In 2006, Wood also released his 4-issue mini-series Supermarket at IDW and The Tourist at Image.
2006 also featured Brian Wood sign a 2-year exclusive contract DC Comics. His time working exclusively with DC would actually last until 2012. His time at DC would see him create his two most well-known series DMZ and Northlanders which ran under the Vertigo imprint for 72 and 50 issues, respectively. He would also writte The New York Four graphic novel under the Minx imprint and a follow-up mini-series The New York Five under Vertigo. As his exclusive time at DC started to come to a close he wrote a second 6-issue volume of Demo, DV8: Gods and Monsters, a Supernatural mini-series based on the CW TV show, and the Americana story in Tales of the Unexpected, while wrapping up his ongoing DMZ and Northlanders books.
2012 was a year of major changes for Wood. DMZ finished its six year run in January and Northlanders completed its four year run in April. January saw Wood’s first return to Marvel and X-Men since Generation X was cancelled in 2001, when Wood wrote the five issue series Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega, Wood also took over two ongoing X-Men series in June. He wrote X-Men for eight issues in 2012 and he is the new ongoing writer for Ultimate Comics X-Men. Wood later made headlines with his relaunched adjectiveless X-Men, book, featuring the first all-female team in X-Men history. But Wood didn’t simply jump sides from DC to Marvel, in February he started a new on-going Conan series for Dark Horse. Also in February and March Wood contributed two short stories called The Massive in Dark Horse Presents, in June he began writing The Massive series. Wood will also be writing a new Star Wars ongoing comic for Dark Horse that takes place right after the events of the first film. The last current project from Wood is a series titled Mara that will be released by Image in December of 2012.