Brian Wood was born on January 29, 1972 in Essex Junction, Vermont. Wood is most well known as a writer for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics and Dark Horse 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 Vermont to Manhattan, New York 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. Channel Zero is 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 design work for Rockstar Games, which he continued until 2003. He did the occasional cover during this period of time, most notably for multiple series published by AIT/Planet Lar, who also published 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 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 of which 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 Wood left his job at Rockstar to create and write the 12-issue limited series Demo with Becky Cloonan, who was the artist for Jennie One. Each issue of the monthly series was self-contained, telling a complete story, and was a critical success, earning two Eisner Award nominations. Wood revisited this format with his 2005 Oni Press series Local. Although each issue told a complete story, the series centered around the main character of Megan McKeenan. In 2006 Wood also released his 4-issue mini-series Supermarket at IDW and The Tourist at Image.
Also in 2006 Brian Wood sign a 2-year exclusive contract with DC Comics, which lasted 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 write The New York Four OGN under the Minx imprint, and the 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, the mini-series DV8: Gods and Monsters, a mini-series based on the CW TV show Supernatural, and the Americana story Tales of the Unexpected, while wrapping up his ongoing DMZ and Northlanders books.
2012 was a year of major changes for Wood. DMZ finished a six-year run in January and Northlanders completed a four-year run in April. January also saw Wood’s first return to Marvel and the X-Men line since his work on Generation X was canceled in 2001. In addition to writing the five-issue series Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega, Wood also took over two ongoing X-Men titles in June. He wrote X-Men Vol. 4 for eight issues in 2012 and he became the ongoing writer for Ultimate Comics X-Men. Wood later made headlines with the relaunched adjectiveless X-Men Vol. 5, featuring the first all-female team in X-Men history.
In February 2012 Wood also started a new ongoing Conan the Barbarian series for Dark Horse, as well as contributed two stories called The Massive in Dark Horse Presents. In June he began writing The Massive as an ongoing series. Wood began an all-new Star Wars ongoing comic for Dark Horse, which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.