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Mike Carey (writer)

Mike Carey
Carey at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, 10 October 2010.
Born Michael James Carey
1959 (age 57–58)
Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Crossing Midnight
The Unwritten
X-Men: Legacy

Mike Carey (born 1959) is a British writer of comic books, novels, and films.

Early life and career

Carey was born in Liverpool, England, in 1959 – describing his young self as "one of those ominously quiet kids... [who] lived so much inside my own head I only had vestigial limbs". As a child, he maintained an interest in comics, writing and drawing primitive stories to entertain his younger brother.[1] He studied English at St Peter's College, Oxford,[2] before becoming a teacher. He continued to teach for 15 years before moving on to writing comics.

Writing career

After a series of one-off jobs for independent comics companies, including a biographical comic of Ozzy Osbourne and a fantasy about the band Pantera, Carey gained regular employment at 2000 AD, where he created the original series Th1rt3en and Carver Hale.

For the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics Carey went on to write the entire run of the Eisner Award-nominated comic book Lucifer,[3] and issues 175 to 215 of Hellblazer, a run on that title only exceeded in length by Garth Ennis and Peter Milligan.[4] He also wrote the original graphic novels The Sandman Presents: The Furies with John Bolton and Hellblazer: All His Engines with Leonardo Manco.[5]

He is the ongoing writer of X-Men: Legacy working with artist Scot Eaton,[6] plus Ultimate Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics.

He also had three recent Vertigo series that have wrapped up: Faker a six-part mini-series with art by Jock;[7][8] a second graphic novel, God Save the Queen, with John Bolton, featuring Queen Titania, Oberon, Puck, Nuala and Cluracan from the Sandman and Books of Magic comics; and Crossing Midnight with Jim Fern.[9][10] September 2006 saw the long-delayed debut of Wetworks: Worldstorm with Whilce Portacio for Wildstorm Comics.[11] He is also one of the first authors on DC's Minx imprint for teenaged girls, his second Minx title being co-written with his daughter, Louise.[12] The Unwritten[13] premiered in May 2009, with art by Peter Gross and covers by Yuko Shimizu.

Carey at the DC Comics booth at the New York Comic Con, 10 October 2010.

In 2008 Carey worked on a number of different titles, including tie-ins to the "Secret Invasion" crossover storyline, that included an eight-page story in the one-shot anthology Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?, which features Abigail Brand of S.W.O.R.D., and a four-issue mini-series, Secret Invasion: X-Men.[14][15] That same year he began writing Queen's Rook, the first of Virgin Comics' Coalition Comix on MySpace, where users could suggest ideas for a comic which would then get made.[16][17] He also wrote "Dark Deception", a crossover story arc that appeared across X-Men: Legacy and Wolverine: Origins,[18] and tied into X-Men: Original Sin,[19] he retold the Beast's origin story in X-Men: Origins,[20] wrote an Iceman story in X-Men: Manifest Destiny,[19][21] a comic book adaptation of Ender's Shadow,[22] and the Vertigo Comics series The Unwritten.[23]

Carey's first prose novel, The Devil You Know, was released in the UK by Orbit books in April 2006, and as a hardcover in the US in July 2007. Its sequel, Vicious Circle, was published in October 2006, and the following three novels in the series, Dead Men's Boots, Thicker Than Water, and The Naming of the Beasts, followed in September 2007, March 2009 and September 2009, respectively.

Carey's first feature film, the erotic ghost story Frost Flowers, was reported in June 2006 to be in pre-production, with filming to begin that September under the direction of Andrea Vecchiato, but the project collapsed before production began and the script is in limbo.[24] Carey is also working on the TV series The Stranded, the first co-production between Virgin Comics and the Syfy network.[25]

In 2011 he wrote a crossover between X-Men Legacy and New Mutants titled Age of X.[26] In August 2011, Marvel announced Mike Carey's final X-Men-Legacy arc.[27]

In January 2014, he had another prose novel published which was titled The Girl With All The Gifts. It was released to critical acclaim and was later that year announced to be made into a film. Filming began in May 2015, with newcomer Sennia Nanua in the lead role of Melanie, Gemma Arterton as Helen Justineau, Glenn Close as Caroline Caldwell, and Paddy Considine as Sergeant Parks. TV veteran Colm McCarthy directed the movie.


Early work

Titles published by various British and American publishers include:

DC Comics/Vertigo

Titles published by DC Comics and its Vertigo imprint include:

2000 AD

Works published in the British science fiction-oriented comic 2000 AD include:

Marvel Comics

Titles published by Marvel include:

Other publishers

Titles published by various British and American publishers include:

Other works


Short fiction and poetry


Carey's screenplay for “She Who Brings Gifts” appeared on the Brit List in 2014[32] The film is a British post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller film directed by Colm McCarthy. [33] The screenplay was written by Carey adapted from his own novel The Girl with All the Gifts. The film stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine. The plot depicts a dystopian future following a breakdown of society after most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection and focuses upon the struggle of a scientist, a teacher and two soldiers who embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.[34]


  1. ^ Carey, Mike (July 2000), On The Ledge, DC Comics / Vertigo 
  2. ^ Carey, Mike (Autumn 2005). "Comic Stripped" (pdf). Oxford Forum: 54–55. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Lucifer", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 118–124, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  4. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "John Constantine Hellblazer", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 102–111, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  5. ^ CCI, Day 2: Keanu Sold Separately: Carey talks "Hellblazer: All His Engines" OGN, Comic Book Resources, 23 July 2004
  6. ^ Mike Carey: Carrying on the X-Men Legacy, Comics Bulletin, 24 January 2008
  7. ^ Mike Carey'a A Faker For Vertigo, Comicon
  8. ^ Carey's Faker: A Thriller Rooted in Paranoia, With Some Existentialism Thrown In, Comics Bulletin, 28 October 2007
  9. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Crossing Midnight", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 49–51, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  10. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (21 July 2006). "Comic-Book 2006: Mike Carey's Vertigo Trio". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Take A Dive With Mike Carey Into "Wetworks: Worldstorm", Comic Book Resources, 23 June 2006
  12. ^ Confessions Of a Carey: Louise Carey talks "Blabbermouth" & Minx, Comic Book Resources, 23 May 2007
  13. ^ Vertigo's 'The Unwritten': Mike Carey & Peter Gross, Newsarama, Mon, 30 March 2009
  14. ^ Mike Carey on Secret Invasion: X-Men, FCBD X-Men, Legacy and More, Newsarama, 2 April 2008
  15. ^ Richards, Dave. "Mike Carey's 'Secret Invasion' Plans", Comic Book Resources, 7 May 2008
  16. ^ Manning, Shaun. "Mike Carey talks Virgin & MySpace's Coalition Comix", Comic Book Resources, 8 May 2008
  17. ^ "Virgin Comics Brings Director's Cut Comics to Life With Animated Trailers" PR Newswire; Accessed 13 October 2010
  18. ^ Richards, Dave. "Mike Carey & Daniel Way's "Dark Deception", Comic Book Resources, 6 June 2008
  19. ^ a b Ekstrom, Steve. "Sins, Destines & Legacies: Mike Carey Talks X-Men", Newsarama, 8 September 2008
  20. ^ Dallas, Keith. "Mike Carey: Re-Telling the Origin of The X-Men's Beast", Comics Bulletin, 2 September 2008
  21. ^ Richards, Dave. Carey on "Manifest Destiny" and "X-Men Origins: Beast", Comic Book Resources, 28 August 2008
  22. ^ Ekstrom, Steve. "Enrolling in School: Carey on Ender's Shadow: Battle School", Newsarama, 2 December 2008
  23. ^ Ekstrom, Steve. "Life as Fiction? Mike Carey on Vertigo's 'The Unwritten'", Newsarama, 26 March 2009
  24. ^ Singh, Andrew. "Take A Dive With Mike Carey Into 'Wetworks: Worldstorm'" Comic Book Resources; 23 June 2006
  25. ^ Brady, Matt. "The Virgin Days Of Mike Carey – Talking The Stranded And Voodoo Child", Newsarama, 9 October 2007
  26. ^ "Mike Carey reveals the "Age of X"". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Marvel Announces Mike Carey's Final "X-Men Legacy" Arc". 16 August 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "The Steel Seraglio". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  29. ^ "The Girl With All The Gifts". Hachette UK. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  30. ^ "M. R. Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey - The House of War and Witness". Orion Publishing Group. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  31. ^ "Fellside". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  32. ^ Jaafar, Ali (20 November 2014). "'Matinee Idol' & 'Gateway 6' Top Annual Brit List". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  33. ^ Barraclough, Leo (23 March 2015). "Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close to Star in 'She Who Brings Gifts'". Variety. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  34. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (23 March 2015). "Glenn Close Among Cast of UK Zombie Thriller 'She Who Brings Gifts'". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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Preceded by
Brian Azzarello
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Denise Mina
Preceded by
Warren Ellis
Ultimate Fantastic Four writer
Succeeded by
Joe Pokask
Preceded by
Denise Mina
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
Preceded by
Peter Milligan
X-Men: Legacy writer
Succeeded by
Christos Gage