In an interview with Variety, Gerard Way discusses the inspiration behind The Umbrella Academy. While the series is sure to take viewers on a dark and twisted journey, Way offers a wholesome explanation behind the plot.

Additionally, Way shares the comic’s influences, including fellow Doom Patrol writer Grant Morrison.

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“I was reading a lot of things, like Grant Morrison comics and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and I wanted to make a postmodern superhero story,” Way says. “And then I wrote down all of these things I was interested in and tried to make characters based on them.”

“The message I think is that we’re all screwed up and that we’ll have an easier time if we do this together,” Way continues.

Additionally, Way says that he doesn't think about politics when he is writing the comics.

Listen to Way describe The Umbrella Academy’s initial vision below.

Recently, the series dropped a bunch of teasers for the show. Additionally, Netflix just released the official Umbrella Academy soundtrack, which features two new covers from Way and his My Chemical Romance bandmate, Ray Toro.

Just earlier this week, Way unleashed his cover of the Turtles’ “Happy Together.” Before that, he and Toro also covered Simon And Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter.” You can listen to both tracks below.

The Umbrella Academy will premiere on Netflix this Friday, Feb. 15. You can check out the trailer for the forthcoming series below.

Will you be watching Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy this Friday? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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