Holy frijoles, you guys. At Emerald City Comic-Con, DC and Gerard Way just announced a new imprint called “Young Animals,” which will feature a new Doom Patrol book written by Way and illustrated by Nick Derington among others.
This is good news. Not only has a Doom Patrol book by Gerard Way and Becky Cloonan been in developmental hell for years, despite the fact that the new DC Rebirth looks somewhat good, it also looked very, well, vanilla. There is nothing really new from Rebirth — even Superman is the old Superman — not like there was with DC You. As James Whitbrook said:
In ‘DC You’ DC said ‘This is fresh change to bring variety to our lineup and we’re going to tell new stories with classic characters.” ‘Rebirth’ is them going ‘OH GOD YOU DON’T LIKE CHANGE FINE HERE’S EVERYTHING TRADITIONAL LOOK WE EVEN BROUGHT BACK SUPERMAN.’
It looks like DC is instead making their “brand new takes on old characters” comics to Way’s Young Animals Imprint, with the tagline “Comics for Dangerous Humans.”
Comics in “Young Animals” include the following so far:
Doom Patrol by writer Gerard Way and artist Nick Derington
That looks like Cliff Steele’s head, Flex Mentallo, and two new characters (along with a sweet Doom Patrol-mobile).
Shade the Changing Girl by writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone
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.
According to Way, the girl will also have the M-Vest, which the original Shade the Changing Man had, and Becky Cloonan will also do the covers.
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye by writers Gerard Way and Jon Rivera and artist Michael Avon Oeming
It’s about “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.”
Mother Panic by writers Gerard Way and Jody Houser and artist Tommy Lee Edwards
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.
So, looking at all of these titles and writers and artists, there is just one thing I have to say:
[Source: Comic Book Resources.]