Not Only a Musician: 3 Comic Books by Gerard Way
People can be successful in several fields at once. For example, Ben Affleck is not only a great actor, but also a man who would definitely try slots online for real money.
A similar example is Gerard Way. You may remember him from My Chemical Romance. But he also creates comic books.
During the pandemic, Gerard continued to create, and in September 2020, Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death, a new spin-off based on his comic book The Umbrella Academy, was launched. Here are some of his other comics that are worth reading.
The Fabulous Killjoys
In November 2010, the fourth My Chemical Romance album was released, called Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Like the band’s other albums, it had its own theme – the plot was centered on the four Caipholoms, teenagers living in a not-too-distant post-apocalyptic future in California.
Each member of the band was given an alter ego, and the team’s enemy was the hypertrophied evil corporation, the Better Natural Living Syndicate. There are two videos where My Chemical Romance explores this theme. Then the band decided to go further and created the comic book The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The story was written by Gerard Way and screenwriter Sean Simon, and artist Becky Cloonan was responsible for the artwork.
Killjoys came out in 2013 and continued the story clips. This book told the events 10 years later. Killjoys became an urban legend, “S.L.E.P.” continued the fight against everything good in this world, and only an unknown girl is able to change everything.
The Umbrella Academy was mostly bought out of love for My Chemical Romance. It was the same with Killjoys. The comic became a bestseller, and few people asked about the story. What mattered was the name on the cover. But if in the case of “Academy,” buying a comic book blind was an unconventional collection of superhero concepts where Way turned everything into a bright mix, offering readers something they wouldn’t find from Marvel and DC, that wasn’t the case with “Killjoys.” The comic feels as commercialized as possible.
In 2014, Marvel Publishing decided to have the largest crossover of Spider-Men from different universes, Spider-Verse. Together, they went up against a common enemy moving between universes. And in anticipation of the main series, the Edge of Spider-Verse mini anthology was released, which featured many short stories from various author teams. One of the stories was written by Gerard Way.
He dedicated his story to Penny Parker, a Japanese-American woman who piloted a biomechanical Sp//dr suit that she inherited from her father with an intelligent spider that helped pilot the suit. You may remember her from the cartoon Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
At Emerald City Comicon in 2016, DC Publishing announced the creation of a new author imprint, Young Animal, which is entirely overseen by Gerard Way. The released series were not isolated from the main DC universe but existed in the same world as the other lines of comics.
Despite a brisk, high-profile start and stellar names, Young Animal had problems. New issues were delayed, series went on hiatus, and sales were low. So the comics gradually began to make more connections to the main universe and the characters known to the general reader.