Brian Wood's original graphic novels are some of the most influential in comics. Starting with Channel Zero, his street activist call-to-arms, he has unapologetically made politics and socially conscious thrillers the center of his career. His DMZ defined comics' response to the war on terror. The Massive took on climate change and next-gen environmentalism. Briggs Land, the crime saga set on a secessionist compound, tackled the scourge of the alt right. Starve is about food sustainability and class divide.
His historical fiction has similarly blazed a singular trail. Northlanders, his Viking anthology, set a benchmark in the comics industry. Rebels, his populist American Revolution anthology, is on the curriculum of schools across the country. Sword Daughter is a pulpy Samurai/Norse mashup, and Magnus Black, the brutal fixer in Black Road, is a Jack Reacher for the dark ages.
His YA books Demo, Local, Mara, and The New York Four have made YASLA and New York Public Library best-of lists. He's also written for some of the biggest franchises in pop culture, including Star Wars, Aliens, Terminator, RoboCop, and the X-Men.