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