ECCC: DC Launching "Young Animal" Imprint with Gerard Way; New "Doom Patrol," "Shade" Titles

Upon joining the DC Entertainment panel at Emerald City Comic Con, Gerard Way announced that he's getting his own imprint at the publisher, called "DC's Young Animal."

Way said at the panel, "DC is letting me have an imprint called Young Animal. The first book is 'Doom Patrol.'" Way is writing the book, which will be illustrated by Nick Derington.

He added, "It's really weird," The book will not only pay tribute to Grant Morrison's seminal run on the series, but the entire history of the team.

Also coming from Young Animal: "Shade, The Changing Girl" from writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone, which is getting covers by Becky Cloonan. Describing the book, Way said, "It's another alien, a woman alien, who's hiding in the body of a teenage girl that used to be a bully. She has the Madness Vest. The Madness is kind of taking over."

Next up: "Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye," written by Way and Jon Rivera, with art by Michael Avon Oeming. Way said the comic will (naturally) explain why Cave Carson -- a sci-fi spelunker introduced by DC back in 1960 -- has a cybernetic eye.

Last in the lineup: "Mother Panic," written by Jody Houser, with art by Tommy Lee Edwards -- who will provide covers -- and John Paul Leon on interiors. Way said, "This one is set in Gotham," but indicated that the book will introduce a new character. According to Jim Lee, it will be a mature readers title.

"We do realize that the marketplace is changing, we want to address that chance, we want books that cater to emerging audiences, new readers, people who haven't picked up a superhero comic before and want something a little different," Lee told the audience. "We really welcome Gerard coming back and becoming more involved with the world of comic books."

Here's some of the art showcased at the panel:

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Check out the preview text for each book below:





Meet Violet Paige, a celebrity heiress by day and brutal vigilante by night as she takes on the underbelly of Gotham City's high society. Hitting shelves in November, the series is written by Gerard Way and Jody Houser with art by Tommy Lee Edwards.

You can follow the panel over at CBR's live blog.

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