World Comic Book Review

26th February 2024

The Umbrella Academy: Oblivion Hotel #1 (Review)

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The Umbrella Academy: Oblivion Hotel #1 Dark Horse Comics, November 2018 Writer: Gerard Way It has been a ten year wait for readers of Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. The first series, The Umbrella Academy: The Apocalypse Suite, won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series. The second series, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas, … Read more

Doom Patrol #11 (Review)

Doom Patrol #11 DC Comics, June 2018 Writer: Gerard Way In his first, excellent title The Umbrella Academy, writer Gerard Way pays homage to Scottish writer Grant Morrison by naming a fictional park and site of a showdown after Mr Morrison. This title seems to be an extension of that adoration of Mr Morrison’s quirky … Read more

Super Powers Part One (review)

“Super Powers” Part One (the back-up feature to “Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye” #1)
DC Comics, December 2016
Writer: Tom Scioli

Gerard Way, musician and writer of the extraordinary comic book title”The Umbrella Academy”, as we have previously discussed in our review of “Mother Panic“, is in an enviable place. Mr Way has been given the reins of American publisher DC Comics’ new “alt-rock” imprint, Young Animal.

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Mother Panic #1 and the Rise of Young Animal

Mother Panic #1 and the Rise of Young Animal
Written by Jody Houser
Published 11/9/2016

When American publisher DC Comics announced the launch of a new imprint earlier this year, it promised to offer something different. The release of Young Animal, fronted by rocker (the lead singer of the band “My Chemical Romance”) and Umbrella Academy scribe Gerard Way, has so far kept to the weird and eclectic side of DC superheroic stock-in-trade. The uninhibitedly promising Doom Patrol, the bizarre Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, and the psychedelically charming Shade, The Changing Girl have debuted strongly with their creative direction and likably oddball characters.

It is impossible to look at Young Animal’s spark without thinking of another DC imprint, the prominent and groundbreaking Vertigo Comics. In interviews about his new line, Way frequently mentions the personal impact Vertigo had when it launched in the 1990’s to formally offer more mature takes on life in the DC Universe. Previous iterations of Doom Patrol and Shade found a home at Vertigo, along with The Sandman, Swamp Thing, and Hellblazer. A few decades earlier, The Young Animal books would have fit right in with this roster.

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