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On Wednesday, Gerard Way released the first installment of You Look Like Death, a spinoff series based on Umbrella Academy misfit Klaus Hargreeves.

Now, Way has confirmed that he has plenty of ideas for future Umbrella Academy spinoffs. However, the Umbrella Academy Vol. 4 is next on his to-do list.

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Back in July, Way revealed that he was working on a spinoff comic series all about Klaus. For Way, Klaus’ backstory has also been particularly interesting to him and he decided it was time to expand on it.

Written by Way and Shaun Simon and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard, You Look Like Death is presented as a six-issue miniseries. The story follows an 18-year-old Klaus as he deals with his ongoing recklessness and drug use. Due to his behavior, he is eventually kicked of out the Academy by his father Sir Reginald Hargreeves. The comic follows his life as he deals with being excommunicated from his family and penniless without his allowance.

Following the announcement of You Look Like Death, Way revealed that more Umbrella Academy spinoffs could happen in the future.

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“There are other ideas for sure as far as Umbrella Academy siblings getting their own series, all of them very different from each other,” he said. “And there are other writers and creators I want to work with on those, but I wanted to bring the focus back to the main Umbrella Academy story arc.”

Now, Way is further elaborating on his writing plans. On Thursday, he shared a lengthy statement regarding You Look Like Death‘s release. He also confirmed that he has plenty of spinoff ideas for the future.

“This is the first limited series in what will hopefully be multiple series exploring some of the characters in the Umbrella Academy world,” he says.

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Way explains that he decided to make You Look Like Death the first spinoff due to Klaus’ complicated backstory.

“Of all the siblings, Klaus was the first one I felt I already knew a lot about his backstory and wanted to explore it,” he continues. “Something about those 10 years between getting kicked out of the house and the events of Apocalypse Suite really interested me. I felt like Klaus had gotten into a whole bunch of trouble. And his addictions really started to take hold of him.”

He also says that You Look Like Death is a lot different than the main Umbrella Academy series. Even though the first installment has just been released, Way and Simon already have ideas for more Klaus-centric comics.

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“I really enjoyed the whole process,” he says. “It’s a very different kind of book from the main UA book and Shaun and I already have an idea for Klaus’ next adventure.”

For now, however, Way is dedicating his time to the next Umbrella Academy installment. Way first revealed he was working on Vol. 4 back in May.

“But first, we’ll get Umbrella Academy Volume 4, which I have been writing for a little while now,” he reveals. “Take care and enjoy your read.”

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This is the first limited series in what will hopefully be multiple series exploring some of the characters in the Umbrella Academy world. Of all the siblings, Klaus was the first one I felt I already knew a lot about his backstory and wanted to explore it. Something about those 10 years between getting kicked out of the house and the events of Apocalypse Suite really interested me, and I felt like Klaus had gotten into a whole bunch of trouble and his addictions really started to take hold of him. I had always been inspired by Less Than Zero, the book by Bret Easton Ellis, and the film version of it that got made as well, in how I wanted to portray Klaus’ story. Something about that depiction of Los Angeles, people at their lowest lows, surrounded by all this dark glamour, spoke to me, and I envisioned Klaus in a world like that. Other things inspired it as well, Trainspotting, Snatch to name a couple. We hope you enjoy it. I had amazing collaborators on this book— my longtime friend and sometimes co-writer Shaun Simon co-wrote it with me, and he’s probably one of the few people I know that can write in the voice of UA— he just loves that world, and it shows, and I have always loved his writing. @injculbard handled all of the art, and did an amazing job with it. I had seen a book he had done a while ago, Celeste, I fell in love with his art, and I thought he would do an amazing job with the kind of story we wanted to tell. And my longtime collaborator and letterer, @natepiekos, who is the letterer of Umbrella Academy, put wonderful words into this thing. I.N.J. did a great variant cover, as did @leo_romero11 (who is the artist on TLFK: National Anthem, due out in October, and also co-written with Shaun), and my dear Umbrella Academy partner and collaborator, Gabriel Ba handled the main cover, and it is glorious. ⠀ ⠀ I really enjoyed the whole process, it’s a very different kind of book from the main UA book, and Shaun and I already have an idea for Klaus’ next adventure. But first, we’ll get Umbrella Academy Volume 4, which I have been writing for a little while now. Take care and enjoy your read.⠀ ⠀⠀ #youlooklikedeath #theumbrellaacademy

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Volume 4 of Umbrella Academy will follow up Hotel Oblivion which debuted last year. The third volume faced lengthy delays as its creation was around the time Way was working on getting back into music and My Chemical Romance. It took about a decade from being announced at San Diego Comic Con in 2009 to be fully released.

More recently, the Netflix adaptation of the comic series premiered its second season back in July. Following its release, the show was in Netflix’s 10 ten list for a staggering 14 days.

Head here to purchase your copy of You Look Like Death.

Which Hargreeves sibling should get the next spinoff series? Let us know in the comments below.