The critically-acclaimed 90's lo-fi dystopia that launched a career

A blistering look at a repressive future America that hits on themes of freedom of expression, hacking, cutting-edge media manipulation, and police surveillance. Channel Zero remains an influential, forward-thinking work that combines art, politics, activism, and graphic design in a unique way.

First published in 1997, Channel Zero has enjoyed an epic twenty years in print.

Art by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan. Currently published by Dark Horse Comics.


A blistering take on media control in a repressive future America! DMZ and The Massive creator Brian Wood launched an all-out assault on the comics medium in 1997 with Channel Zero, an influential, forward-thinking series that combined art, politics, and graphic design in a unique way. Touching on themes of freedom of expression, hacking, cutting-edge media manipulation, and police surveillance, it remains as relevant today as it did back then.

The Channel Zero collection contains the original series, the prequel graphic novel Jennie One (illustrated by Becky Cloonan), the best of the two Public Domain design books, and almost fifteen years of extras, rarities, short stories, and unused art. Also featuring the now-classic Warren Ellis introduction and an all-new cover by Wood, this is the must-have edition. See where it all began!

Channel Zero (1997 original edition)
Channel Zero (2000 edition)
Channel Zero: Jennie One (2001)
Channel Zero: Public Domain (2002)
Public Domain 2 (2009)
Unreleased rarities and short stories

What makes Channel Zero so significant is that it is unapologetically experimental; The result is a graphic novel whose form and content could not be more perfectly matched.
— Publishers Weekly
[Channel Zero] quickly came to occupy the same space that books like The Sandman had done for years — highly cherished, heavily defended, and if you hadn’t read it, you just weren’t that cool. It was original, blatantly prescient, and ahead of its time.

it met several very important criteria for comics activists: self-contained and intelligent, with a female protagonist who absolutely destroyed comics stereotypes.

It was unsurprising, then, that Wood went on to help define the aesthetic of comics activism. If it can be said to be an actual movement, then Wood is without a doubt its official propagandist.
— Comics Alliance
It’s about anger as a positive force of creation . . . Someone’s remembered what comics are for.
Meet Brian Wood.
— Warren Ellis