Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Umbrella Academy fame is working with DC Comics to create a new imprint called “Young Animals,” which are “comics for dangerous humans.”
Way will be writing, co-writing, and be leading the creative development for this new imprint. He will be writing a new Doom Patrol book, co-writing two new books called Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye and Mother Panic. Young Animals will also be producing a new take Shade the Changing Man with Shade the Changing Girl written by Cecil Castellucci, art by Marley Zarcone, and covers by Becky Cloonan.
This is probably one of the better ideas that DC has in a while as we are big fans of Way’s on both his comics and his music. Under Way’s vision, we could easily see a resurgence of the spirit of the early days of the Veritgo Imprint. We are also very excited to see the return of Flex Mentallo.
Forget the notion that it’s Gerard Way curating DC Comics’ new pop-up imprint Young Animal. It’s the notion of such creative teams having the freedom to take these characters and really run with them, expand them and modify them, too. I expect great things from this endeavor.
Here’s the breakdown of the titles and teams:
_ DOOM PATROL – Writer Gerard Way and artist Nick Derington put their stamp on the world’s strangest heroes taking on the universe’s strangest villains. _ SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL – An alien takes over the body of a 16-year-old bully and must face the challenges of being a stranger in a foreign land, plus the consequences of a life she didn’t live. Star Wars’ Moving Target writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone explore themes of madness, alienation, and the bizarre in this sci-fi thriller, with covers by Becky Cloonan. It debuts in October.
_ CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE – Way and Jon Rivera, along with artist Michael Avon Oeming take readers on a strange adventure with DC Comics’ Silver Age character Cave Carson, his cybernetic eye and his college–age daughter as they travel to dark places deep in the earth and mind. It also drops in October.
_ MOTHER PANIC – Meet Violet Paige, a celebrity heiress by day and brutal vigilante by night as she takes on the underbelly of Gotham City’s high society. Hitting shelves in November, the series is written by Way and Jody Houser, with art by Tommy Lee Edwards.