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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.

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Overview

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!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If it’s true that some stories become less relevant with age, the opposite applies to Channel Zero. The original 1997 series was the brainchild of Wood (DMZ, Demo) who began working on it while an art student. Set in New York in the not-so-distant-future, it tells the story of Jenny 2.5, a tattooed info-terrorist who becomes a media icon when she begins interrupting television broadcasts to spread her message. Fanatical special interest groups have forced the government to pass the Clean Act, in which free speech is suppressed. Jennie 2.5’s mission is to wake up a population that has grown tired of fighting and largely given in. Included is the prequel story, “Jenny 1.0” (drawn by Cloonan), as well as a host of additional material, including early drawings and insights on both process and story by Wood. What makes Channel Zero so significant is that it is unapologetically experimental; Wood is far more interested in trying out a variety of visual techniques than in creating something that is slick and polished. The result is a graphic novel whose form and content could not be more perfectly matched. And it’s a kick-ass story, too. (May)
Library Journal
In the United States, sometime near the present, the Christian Right has forced passage of the Clean Act, censoring all media. The government has begun violently exporting its ideology overseas while keeping its citizens placated by propaganda and mindless entertainment. But in New York City, audacious rebel artist Jennie 2.5 is mad as hell. Hacking into TV signals, she begins broadcasting guerrilla protest messages, urging viewers to think for themselves. She becomes an icon of underground resistance—but big brother's reach is long, and she soon finds that she's made herself part of the problem: this revolution will be advertised. VERDICT It may take some suspension of disbelief on the part of readers to accept the Cleaners, government agents who can kill people for littering, even in Wood's (Demo; DMZ) extreme police state. But this is powerful, provocative stuff, and Jennie 2.5, her body tattooed with symbols and slogans, proves a compelling, complex, and memorable figure. Wood's bold black-and-white art, heavily graphic-design oriented, sometimes achieves a visceral starkness akin to that of Frank Miller's Sin City. Strongly recommended.—S.R.
Warren Ellis
Someone`s remembered what comics are for Meet Brian Wood.
award-winning writer of Planetary
Maurice Martin
Wood's message is clear enough: apathy is the real enemy, and it is harder to fight than any totalitarian government.
Wired Magazine
Laura DePuy
Gritty storytelling, needle-sharp black and white line work, and an innate sense of typography One of the most visually exciting and politically daring books on the shelves today.
Sequential Tart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595829368
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 432,132
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Best dark horse comic

    The best non sin city comic to come out of dark horse

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