Cooke was born in Toronto, Canada on November 16, 1962. In 1985 DC published his first comic book work, a short story in New Talent Showcase #19. Following that, though, he pursued a career in product design and as a magazine art director.
He worked as a storyboard artist in the 1990s on Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. In 1999 he animated the main title design for Batman Beyond then worked as a director for Men in Black: The Series for a year.
His other projects include a Spirit/Batman crossover in 2006, and from 2012 to 2013 he served as writer and artist on Before Watchmen: Minutemen and co-writer of Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre. In 2014 he released Batman Beyond, an animated short to commemorate Batman’s 75th anniversary. Most recently he worked on Vertigo’s The Twilight Children, as well as many covers.