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[Photo credit: Mikey Way/Jason Debiak]

The highly anticipated return of DC comics and Gerard Way‘s Young Animal is quickly approaching with the release of next month’s Collapser

Co-written by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon, the story centers around a young DJ receiving a black hole in the mail that fuses with his body.

You can check out a preview of the comic, below!



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In a recent interview with Behind The Panel, Mikey revealed how he felt he could relate to Collapser’s main character Liam. So much so, that the character’s peacoat reflects on Mikey’s own wardrobe choices.

“It’s a twenty-something-year-old kid named Liam James and he’s stuck between real-world responsibility and his dreams and aspirations of becoming a world-renowned DJ. He kinda wakes up one day and his mom leaves him something in her will. He finds out a lot about his mom through the course of a couple of issues, but yeah, he gets otherworldly powers [and] opens up his city to become a warscape for an intergalactic arms race that centers around him.”

Mikey goes on to discuss how important it was to discuss the aspects of mental health in the comic.

“I’ve dealt with mental health things my whole life and I felt like I had to put it in the story. I wanted to put a piece of myself in. I know Shaun battles with certain kinds of anxiety as well. It was important to show that in a comic book story.”

You can check out the full podcast interview below.

The A.V. Club also debuted an exclusive preview of Collapser, which Mikey shared via his Instagram story.

'Collapser' preview
[Photo via Instagram/Mikey Way]

For even more previews, check out the gallery here.

Collapser is slated to debut July 17 and you can get more information here.

Are you excited to get your hands on this comic? Sound off in the comments below!

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