During the DC All Access panel at Emerald City Comicon, Eisner Award-winning writer and former vocalist of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way, made a surprise appearance to announce DC’s Young Animal imprint.
DC’s Young Animal imprint is a mature reader imprint that will bring back four classic characters and teams under Way’s creative direction.
The four new series include:
DOOM PATROL – This September, in the spirit of Grant Morrison’s legendary run on the series, along with other classic incarnations of the characters, writer Gerard Way and artist Nick Derington will put their unique 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. The new series hits shelves in October.
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE – Writers Gerard 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. Catch this new series 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 Gerard Way and Jody Houser with art by Tommy Lee Edwards.
I’m really surprised at how many of the books Way is writing, and hope that he can keep everything on track as the books move foward.
“I am thrilled to help bring DC’s Young Animal to life, having been raised on experimental 80s and 90s takes on superheroes. 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,” explains Way. “I see it as an imprint where we can explore fine art, bold concepts, mature themes, and strangeness- with lots of heart.”
To all the Doom Patrol fans out there- I promise to honor the legacy of this book- that is to say I’m going to put it in a fucking blender
— sleep lord (@gerardway) April 8, 2016
Doom Patrol has always been one of those series that skirts the edge of sanity, so I’m at least interested in checking out this series in the new releases. What about you? use the comment section to sound off on the latest announcement from DC Comics.