The Way brothers continue to show off their wide range of talents outside of music, with Mikey Way now releasing his own comic series.
The news arrives following the resurgence of Young Animal, a DC Comics imprint that Gerard Way helped establish. Following a hiatus about a year ago, his brother’s comic titled Collapser will be one of the first to mark the return of the trade name.
DC tweeted an announcement of the return this morning, giving a sneak peek at the new series we can expect from the revitalized brand. In addition to Mikey’s Collapser, the imprint will also release Far Sector and Gerard’s Doom Patrol: Weight Of The Worlds.
— DC (@DCComics) April 10, 2019
Mikey’s collaboration with The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys author Shaun Simon follows protagonist Liam James’ adventures after the discovery of a black hole that sets up shop in his chest.
Simon tells Paste that the hero won’t be your average tights-clad protagonist and deals with problems that most people his age go through, with a spotlight on mental health.
“I feel like this generation is very open about their internal struggle, which is cool,” Mikey says. “I think a lot of our parents, growing up, were told to repress that kind of thing, or it wasn’t classified what some of it was. Medicine wasn’t there yet. Things weren’t diagnosed properly yet. I feel like this generation, they kind of wear it like a badge of honor, which is cool.”
Simon echoed the sentiment, saying the problems he and Mikey dealt with serve as clear inspirations for Collapser.
“Liam also suffers from anxiety, which is something that I know a lot of people, Mikey and I, friends and this generation has to deal with,” Simon explains. “That’s a driving force in his life, that he has to deal with this anxiety, this voice in his head nonstop.”
Collapser won’t be Mikey’s first venture into comics with the musician collabing on a Scarecrow story, “The Ballad Of Jonathan Crane,” for DC’s Halloween anthology in 2008, according to Comics Beat.
At the time, Mikey chatted with MTV about the venture, stating it wasn’t just because of Gerard.
“Nah, it’s not just my brother—all my buddies are really into comics, including [famed artist] Jim Lee, who I talk to all the time,” Mikey says. “I have this council of comic book geeks — kids I knew growing up, everyone—and we’re always having these conversations about books and stuff, these conversations where we go, ‘Man, if people could hear what we’re saying right now, what would they think?’”
Collapser drops July 17, and you can get more information here.
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