WAY WAY BACK

Ger­ard Way gets his claws into DC’s new cut­ting edge im­print, Young An­i­mal

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Ger­ard Way re­veals furr-tas­tic new DC im­print Young An­i­mal.

Hav­ing in­terned at DC when he was just 16, My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance front-man Ger­ard Way has come full cir­cle by re­turn­ing to cu­rate the pub­lisher’s new ma­ture read­ers im­print, Young An­i­mal. Tak­ing its lead from the al­ter­nate su­per­heroes of 1990s Vertigo comics, the quar­tet of ti­tles launched last month with Way’s re­vival of Doom Pa­trol, which takes its in­spi­ra­tion from Grant Mor­ri­son’s clas­sic run.

But for the Michael Avon Oem­ing-il­lus­trated Cave Car­son Has A Cy­ber­netic Eye, Way and co-writer Jon Rivera are delv­ing even fur­ther back into comic-book his­tory af­ter dis­cov­er­ing an en­try for the lit­tle-known Sil­ver Age char­ac­ter in the DC Comics En­cy­clo­pe­dia.

“I was like, ‘Who’s Cave Car­son?’ and the only in­for­ma­tion in there aside from him be­ing an ex­pert ge­ol­o­gist and pretty de­cent at hand-to-hand com­bat was the fact that he had a cy­ber­netic eye,” says Way, com­par­ing it to his cre­ator-owned Dark Horse se­ries, Um­brella Acad­emy. “I brought a lot of the en­ergy of Um­brella Acad­emy to Cave Car­son. It’s a bit of a slow burn and it’s re­ally about the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the char­ac­ters. It’s also about a char­ac­ter who has had a hey­day and a grey mid­dle pe­riod, and is now com­ing back to ad­ven­tur­ing, so it’s def­i­nitely sim­i­lar in that re­spect as well.”

Along with over­see­ing Ce­cil Castel­lucci and Mar­ley Zar­cone’s Shade, The Chang­ing Girl, Way has also co-cre­ated Mother Panic with writer Jody Houser and artist Tommy Lee Ed­wards. Cen­tring around heiress-turned-vig­i­lante Vi­o­let Paige, it plays on Bat­man’s se­cret iden­tity.

“I was think­ing about all the things that Bruce Wayne does to cover his tracks, so that he can be Bruce Wayne, such as drink­ing non-al­co­holic cham­pagne and hang­ing out with lots of women,” ex­plains Way. “I thought, what if your cover was way more hard­core than that? What if you re­ally were drink­ing al­co­hol and had a lot of anger is­sues? I wanted to have some fun with the Bruce Wayne mythol­ogy and find out what would hap­pen if some­body younger and more cur­rent had the same re­sources that Bruce Wayne does.”

Cave Car­son Has A Cy­ber­netic Eye is out now from DC Comics/Young An­i­mal. Mother Panic is out on 9 Novem­ber.

The im­print in­cludes a “reimag­in­ing” of clas­sic DC team Doom Pa­trol.

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