Gerard Way. He’s the former lead singer of My Chemical Romance, but long before that he was working on another passion. Comic-book art. He’s actually garnered an Eisner Award for his original creation, The Umbrella Academy.
Now it was at sixteen years old that his work begun to be published, with the short-lived series On Raven’s Wings; later, he attended NYC’s School of Visual Arts and worked as an intern at DC Comics. So on Thursday night, at a panel during Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon, Way surprised attendees by announcing his reunion with the company via his very own mature-reader imprint, DC’s Young Animal.
The Young Animal line-up will initially consist of four titles, all modernising some of DC’s more obscure superhero titles. The flagship title will be Doom Patrol, written by Way and with art by Nick Derington. A team of misfit heroes whose powers are often a curse, various iterations have appeared over the years.
Way and Derington “will put their unique stamp on the world’s strangest heroes taking on the universe’s strangest villains”, but only appears to have one classic member of the team – Robotman, a disembodied brain in a powerful shell. Curiously, it also seems to include Flex Mentallo, a character who can alter reality by flexing his muscles and was trapped in real-world legal limbo for years due to his similarity to Charles Atlas.
“I see Young Animal as a place to try new ideas- following the spirit of those books from the past but bring them somewhere else.” Way explained at the panel, “I see it as an imprint where we can explore fine art, bold concepts, mature themes, and strangeness- with lots of heart.”
In October, Way will also co-write Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye with Jon Rivera, with artist Michael Avon Oeming. Loosely based on a non-powered adventurer first introduced in the 1960s, this will follow “Cave Carson, his cybernetic eye and his college-age daughter as they travel to dark places deep in the earth and mind.”
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