DC’s Young Animal imprint, founded by Umbrella Academy co-creator (and former My Chemical Romance frontman) Gerard Way in 2016, was a shining beacon of weirdness and wonder throughout its initial run. Titles like Way and Nick Derington’s flagship Doom Patrol, Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone’s Shade, the Changing Girl (and later Woman) and Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew’s Eternity Girl modernized the experimental, boundary-breaking spirit of early Vertigo, re-contextualizing familiar DC faces and introducing entirely new characters to the publisher’s pantheon. When DC and Way announced an indefinite hiatus for the imprint in August 2018, we were despondent. Thankfully, that hiatus is less indefinite than originally reported—and we’ve got the full scoop on Young Animal’s impending return.
Starting this July, Doom Patrol returns as Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds, and it’ll be joined by two brand-new series: Collapser, also out in July, and Far Sector, coming in late 2019.
“We are thrilled to revitalize Doom Patrol, and to present both Collapser and Far Sector, two books that push the medium of comics and their respective genres through uncharted territory,” Gerard Way said in a statement. “Readers can expect everything from high doses of cosmic weirdness and positivity, to deep examinations of anxiety and emotions while wielding immense power, to sci-fi explorations of authority and control and what it means to be a guardian while a world hangs in delicate balance. More fantastic comics outside the norm, as only DC’s Young Animal can do.”
The next phase of Doom Patrol maintains Way in the writer’s seat, with Jeremy Lambert co-scripting, original artist Nick Derington on covers and a murderer’s row of interior artists trading spots, starting with James Harvey and followed by Evan “Doc” Shaner, Nick Pitarra, Becky Cloonan and more.
Collapser, an entirely new concept separate from the shared DC Universe, finds Gerard Way’s brother and former MCR bandmate Mikey Way co-writing alongside The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys scribe Shaun Simon, with G.I. Joe: First Strike artist Ilias Kyriazis on interiors.
Far Sector, meanwhile, marks the comics debut of award-winning author N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth trilogy), with breakout Naomi artist Jamal Campbell joining her for a new and original Green Lantern story.
Paste readers can check out official synopses of Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds, Collapser and Far Sector below, along with first looks at the initial covers. Check back later today for an exclusive interview with Mikey Way and Shaun Simon to learn more about Collapser, and stay tuned to Paste for all things Young Animal as the imprint’s relaunch gets closer.
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds Cover Art by Nick Derington
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds
Writers: Gerard Way & Jeremy Lambert
Artists: James Harvey, Doc Shaner, Nick Pitarra, Becky Cloonan & More
Release Date: July 3, 2019
Gerard Way and the World’s Strangest Super Heroes return in an all-new series that takes them beyond the borders of time and space! The Doom Patrol will go on an epic road trip around the solar system, facing off against the unusual and bizarre including the fanatical fitness fiends of planet Orbius and the Marathon Eternal. Big changes are coming for these unusual heroes, including Robotman coming to terms with his new life as a human.
Collapser Cover Art by Ilias Kyriazis
Writers: Mikey Way & Shaun Simon
Artist: Ilias Kyriazis
Release Date: July 17, 2019
Liam James is a wannabe DJ whose life goals are almost completely dashed by his crippling anxiety—until a package arrives in the mail containing a black hole that gives him amazing powers and draws him into a cosmic conflict far beyond anything he’d ever imagined. But Liam will discover that when it comes to life, love, mental health and superhero responsibilities, there’s no such thing as a quick fix, and that power comes with a cost.
Far Sector Cover Art by Jamal Campbell
Writer: N.K. Jemisin
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Release Date: Late 2019
Newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people, for the past six months. The City has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent.
But that’s all about to change.
This new series introduces a dizzying game of politics and philosophies as Jo discovers a brewing revolution in the City, aided and abetted by some of its most powerful citizens.