Late last month, fans were alarmed with the news that retailer orders for issues #7, #8 and #9 of “Doom Patrol” — the flagship title of DC Comics’ experimental, mature readers line, Young Animal — had been cancelled. Series writer and Young Animal curator Gerard Way quickly responded on Instagram that “Doom Patrol” is “alive and well,” and in an interview with CBR, further clarified the status of the series, which will take a hiatus after this month’s issue #6.
“Basically, the orders for #7, #8 and #9 got canceled, but that’s only because we’re going to resolicit very soon,” Way told CBR last week at WonderCon in Anaheim. “We just want to catch up. We want to get ahead. We were getting frustrated with always being a little bit late. A little more late. A little more late. It escalates.”
The Young Animal version of “Doom Patrol,” the latest take on the DC team that debuted in 1963’s “My Greatest Adventure” #80, debuted this past September from the team of Way and artist Nick Derington. Issues #2 and #3 followed on a monthly basis, with #4 released in January and #5 in March.
“You’re trying to make the best book we can,” Way continued. “We just didn’t want to rush. We realized, as a team, we needed more time. So we’re just taking that time.”
“Doom Patrol” #7 had been solicited with interior art by Mike Allred, and Way assured CBR that the resolicitation won’t affect the “Madman” creator’s contribution.
“Absolutely,” Way asked by CBR about Allred’s continued involvement in issue #7. “In fact, the issue I’m writing for him is literally tailor-made for him. It’s a very different issue than the first [six].”
As DC Comics has already solicited its releases through June 2017, the earliest “Doom Patrol” #7 is likely to be seen on stands is July. DC Comics’ July 2017 solicitations are scheduled to be released online at 5 p.m. eastern on Monday, April 17.
Way — best known as the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, and the writer of creator-owned comics “The Umbrella Academy” and “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” — was announced as the curator of DC’s Young Animal line a year ago, at Emerald City Comicon 2016. The line has since launched four series, each playing off of existing DC concepts in their own way — “Doom Patrol,” “Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye,” “Mother Panic” and “Shade, The Changing Girl” — with the “Bug: The Adventures of Forager” miniseries from Lee Allred, Mike Allred and Laura Allred scheduled to debut in May.
“Doom Patrol” #6, from Gerard Way, Nick Derington and Shawn Crystal, is scheduled for release on April 26. Check back with CBR for the rest of our interview with Way.