One of the more interesting stories coming out of the Diamond Comics luncheon at San Diego Comic Con was from Dark Horse. Dark Horse and Brian Wood are set to launch a new comic book series this summer titled “Briggs Land.” Brian Wood also announced the book is being developed to become a television series at AMC.
Briggs Land is a crime drama set within a rural secessionist community. According to Wood, “It’s the culmination of everything I’ve done in my twenty years as a comics creator. Bringing socially conscious and politically charged themes to the page. Putting some of the more unsettling elements of American culture under scrutiny.”
The series tells the story of Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness that harbors the largest and most secretive anti-government secessionist movement in the United States. Matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband. This sparks a war within the community and her immediate family. The conflict threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.
A television series based on Briggs Land is also in development with Wood at AMC. “AMC and I have been looking for the right thing to work on together for years. It finally came in the form of Briggs Land. With AMC I have a much larger canvas to work on. The ability to design the overall story so the TV show and the comic add to each other.” AMC is no stranger to adapting comic books as one of their most popular shows is The Walking Dead.
The Briggs Land comic hits shelves on August 17 and will be written by Brian Wood, drawn by Mack Chater, colored by Lee Loughridge, with cover art by Tula Lotay.