Dark Horse Comics has announced that the publishing company will be collecting the entirety of Brian Wood‘s critically acclaimed Channel Zero comic book series.
Released originally in 1997, Channel Zero was a vision of a future that was not precisely what we hope and dream of. Wood’s first real voyage in the comic book industry told a story that was forward thinking for its time, while still being relevant today. Themes such as freedom of expression, surveillance, media infiltration and computer manipulation are prevalent through the pages of this politically charged graphic work. And readers that may enjoy Brian Wood’s work on other stories may not realize that the majority of Channel Zero was both written and drawn by Wood.
For an entire look at the newly designed cover for the complete collected edition of Brian Wood’s Channel Zero, have a look here below.
The title has been out of print for years, so this Dark Horse collection is an absolute treat. The collection features the original series, the prequel graphic novel, Jennie One (with now longtime Wood collaborator and amazing artist Becky Cloonan), two Public Domain design books. The collection also boasts a load of extras including unused art, short stories and other rarities including an introduction from Warren Ellis. If you haven’t read Channel Zero, then now is your chance.
Personally, I love everything I’ve read from Brian Wood, but unfortunately I’ve never read Channel Zero. You could probably chalk that up to the fact that I wasn’t reading comics in 1997, but I’ve always heard from other readers that this is an absolute must read, and I must say, based on the description of the series, that I absolutely agree. This book seems right up my alley, and I will, without a shadow of a doubt, be purchasing this collection when it becomes available. Brian Wood is one of the most talented creators working in comics, and this is the way to see how it all began.