My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way is launching a new creative imprint at DC Comics, and he debuted it at Emerald City Comicon.
The talented writer and singer is at the helm of the new Young Animal line, which is aiming for the mature reader market, and will launch with four titles. The titles include Doom Patrol, Shade: The Changing Girl, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, and Mother Panic. Way shed some light on the focus of the line.
"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."
"We're excited about Gerard's vision for DC's Young Animal," explain DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. "Giving DC Comics characters different story tones and distinct art styles will result in a different look and feel for the line."
Doom Patrol will pair Way with artist Nick Derington as they pick up the torch left by Grant Morrison on one of the DCU's strangest teams. Shad, The Changing Girl, written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Marley Zarcone, features a story about an alien that takes over the body of a 16-year-old bully and follows the aliens' attempt to live a life on earth.
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye (which is the running for best comic title ever), teams Way up with Jon Rivera and artist Michael Avon Oeming as they follow the adventures of Cave Carson, his cybernetic eye, and his daughter. Finally, Mother Panic, written by Way and Jody Houser and drawn by Tommy Lee Edwards, puts us in the shoes of Violet Paige, a vigilante who uses her considerable influence in the upper edges of society to fight crime in Gotham City.
The imprint will launch with Doom Patrol in November. You can see the other covers in the gallery.
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