The Third Eye Guide to DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL Imprint

The Third Eye Guide to DC Comics’s YOUNG ANIMAL Imprint

The most cutting edge, exciting thing to hit DC Comics since the debut of VERTIGO many years ago!

Third Eye Faithful.. we love it when comics get us excited. I mean, heck, every week, there’s a TON of great new releases that call to our attention, but sometimes, something comes along that’s bigger than just that.

Sometimes it’s beyond just a comic book – sometimes it’s an idea, it’s a style, it’s a subversive space rocket from Krypton sent to shatter our preconceived notions of what comics can do, and in the process, deliver us a strange new idea from a strange new world that becomes a part of the very DNA of sequential art that we all love so freakin’ much at Third Eye.

YOUNG ANIMAL is that kind of thing, Third Eye Faithful.

It has it. Just like we were once swept away by ground-breaking takes on SWAMP THING by Alan Moore, ANIMAL MAN by Grant Morrison, and a dream king a few of you may know by a gentleman named Neil Gaiman.

YOUNG ANIMAL is THAT, and we are absolutely totally pumped to see it drop this Fall at Third Eye!

Gerard Way (the writer behind rad reads like UMBRELLA ACADEMY and TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, as well as the frontman of MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE) curates and oversees a stunning line-up of exciting new takes on forgotten DCU characters that are just as exciting as those books we mentioned above, and we want to tell you alllll about it!

What is YOUNG ANIMAL? 

Kicking off this September with the most exciting DOOM PATROL we’ve seen since the GRANT MORRISON era, and featuring creative duties by GERARD WAY and art by NICK DERINGTON, YOUNG ANIMAL is a home for the kind of cutting-edge and totally fresh comic books that celebrate just how far you can take the medium of comic books!

It’s about the art of making comics, the collaboration between the creative teams that gives birth to modern mythology. It’s a place where dangerous ideas come to life, and the best parts of the past are brought to life in an all new way.

In other words – if you just plain love comics – if your pull list goes from BATMAN to BITCH PLANET, and covers all types of genres, and types of comics that all have one thing in common: quality – then YOUNG ANIMAL is for you.

In other words, Third Eye Faithful: these are the kind of comics we live for here at the shop, and we want to get them into your hands!

ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS!

DOOM PATROL #1 – RELEASES 9/14/16

As the debut release of the YOUNG ANIMAL imprint, you better believe we have high expectations for how awesome DOOM PATROL is going to be, and trust us: they’re going to be totally met.

How do we know this? First off — it’s Gerard Way, and his amazing work on the UMBRELLA ACADEMY still holds up as some of the best comic storytelling of the modern age.

Secondly, the artwork of NICK DERINGTON is INCREDIBLE, and captures the raw weirdo energy of DOOM PATROL in such a perfect, amazing way — words do not do it justice!

The book as a whole is something special – heck, the main cover even has a sticker that reveals a whole other image when you lift up that yummy looking and very Warholian gyro.

What’s DOOM PATROL going to be like? Here’s the scoop…

The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, “Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Generation-arsonists unite—this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.

A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.

This series helps set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane.

It’s a perfect place to start reading DOOM PATROL!

SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #1 – Releases 10/5/16

We are so stoked to see the return of SHADE.. but in a whole new way, featuring an incredible line-up of talent with the super-talented artistry of MARLEY ZARCONE (Effigy), and the totally rad storytelling of CECIL CASTELLUCCI (PLAIN JANES, MOVING TARGET) and a totally killer new concept.

As huge fans of the totally classic PETER MILLIGAN SHADE THE CHANGING MAN stuff, we’re pretty darn stoked to see this new series launching!

In SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #1, we’re shown there’s no such thing as a little bit of madness.
Far away on the planet Meta, Loma’s going nowhere fast. She’s dropped out of school, dumped her boyfriend, and is bored out of her mind.

She longs to feel things. That’s where her idol, the lunatic poet Rac Shade, and his infamous madness coat come it. Loma steals the garment and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in a new body: Earth girl Megan Boyer.

Surely everything will be better on this passionate primitive planet with a dash of madness on her side and this human girl’s easy life.

Only now that she’s here, Loma discovers being a teenaged Earth girl comes with its own challenges and Earth may not be everything she thought it’d be.

Megan Boyer was a bully whom everyone was glad was almost dead, and now Loma has to survive High School and navigate the consequences of the life she didn’t live with the ever-growing and uncontrollable madness at her side.

Not to mention that there are people back on her homeworld who might just want Shade’s coat back.

CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #1 – Releases 10/19/16

Holy crap, CAVE CARSON looks so rad! Gerard Way co-writes this stellar new series alongside Jon Rivera (Heartbreak) with artwork by the totally amazing MICHAEL AVON OEMING (who you may know from the legendary capes and crime procedural POWERS).

In CAVE CARSON, Cave Carson has done it all: survived countless adventures below the Earth’s surface, met the love of his life, and gotten a cybernetic eye…somehow.

After he and his wife, Eileen, sent their only daughter Chloe off to college, Cave was ready to become just another mundane member of the surface world.

That is, until Eileen got sick.

Newly widowed, Cave tries to piece his life back together when a knock on the door of his secret underground lab pulls him back into a past that he and Eileen thought they had left buried deep within the Earth.
Adding to his troubles, Cave must determine if his recent hallucinations and visions are the work of his mind or his mysterious cybernetic eye. (Spoiler: It’s the eye.)

M1smallmotherpanicOTHER PANIC #1 – Releases 11/9/16

Mother Panic features a super rad concept that takes us into the weirdness that is GOTHAM CITY, and we’re totally pumped about it!

Gerard Way co-writes with Jody Houser, and the artwork is by the very, very talented Tommy Lee Edwards!

In MOTHER PANIC, we’re introduced to Violet Paige, a celebrity heiress by day and a brutal vigilante by night as she takes on the underbelly of Gotham City’s high society!

Want to reserve YOUNG ANIMAL issues with a Third Eye Pullbox?

Click here, and in the input field type in YOUNG ANIMAL (ALL), and this will sign you up for ALL of the YOUNG ANIMAL series!

Click here, and in the input field type in the titles you’d like to subscribe to (i.e DOOM PATROL, CAVE CARSON, etc.), and this will sign you up for that title  on an ongoing basis.

When they were young.. Graphic Novels you may love if you dig YOUNG ANIMAL!

We love comics, Third Eye Faithful, it’s why we do what we do, and when something like YOUNG ANIMAL comes along, we love to delve back into some of the iconic works that may have had a little inspiration on the tone and ideas behind it.

First off, we’re talking Alan Moore’s iconic SWAMP THING run which pretty much paved the way for the DC Vertigo imprint, and books like THE SANDMAN and DOOM PATROL.

This iconic run ran several volumes, and took a character that began as a classic monster comics guy-turned-into-a-plant-man, and became an iconic look at what humanity means.

With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, SWAMP THING’s stories became commentaries on environmental, political and social issues, unflinching in their relevance.

Book One begins with the story “The Anatomy Lesson,” a haunting origin story that reshapes SWAMP THING mythology with terrifying revelations that begin a journey of discovery and adventure that will take him across the stars and beyond.

Highly recommended – this is one of the reasons we love comics so much to this day.

Next up, is one of the biggest inspirations for YOUNG ANIMAL, as well as a great primer for the upcoming DOOM PATROL series, Grant Morrison’s DOOM PATROL.

Folks – this book pretty much just plain defines GREAT COMICS, and stands the test of time as one of the most invigorating and fascinating works of sequential art we’ve ever seen.

Originally conceived in the 1960s by the visionary team of writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani, the Doom Patrol was reborn a generation later through Grant Morrison’s singular imagination.

Though they are super-powered beings, and though their foes are bent on world domination, convention ends there. Shunned as freaks and outcasts, and tempered by loss and insanity, this band of misfits faces threats so mystifying in nature and so corrupted in motive that reality itself threatens to fall apart around them—but it’s still all in a day’s work for the Doom Patrol.

Written by Grant Morrison and featuring art by Richard CaseJohn NybergDoug BraithwaiteScott Hanna and Carlos Garzón, we highly recommend giving DOOM PATROL a shot if you’ve never had a chance to read it.

And, while we’re on the topic of great GRANT MORRISON comics, we gotta share our thoughts on ANIMAL MAN, the ground-breaking reinvention of superhero arch-types and mythos, that still stands up as one of the best superhero comics we’ve ever read.

In the bizarre adventures of Animal Man, a second-rate super hero struggling with real-life issues and moral dilemmas.

Buddy Baker is a caring husband, devoted father, animal activist and super-powered being.

But as he attempts to live up to all of his roles, he soon finds that there are no black and white situations in life.

With a strong focus on storytelling, these thought-provoking and innovative tales make the reader question the actions of Animal Man as well as their own behavior in similar situations.

With SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL debuting in October, we had to give a shout-out to another classic of the ’90s Vertigo era: SHADE THE CHANGING MAN by the very talented PETER MILLIGAN (who many of you may know most recently from his IMAGE COMICS series DISCIPLINE).

In SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, we begin with Kathy George’s encounter with Shade’s arrival on Earth from his home dimension of Meta – in the body of her parents’ killer.

From there, Shade and Kathy journey into America’s collective unconscious to find the evil known only as The American Scream.

A psychedelic and subversive trip through ’90s America, SHADE THE CHANGING MAN was one of our favorite Vertigo series back in the day, and we’re stoked to see the concepts returning with the new SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL series!

A book that needs no introduction, Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN is definitely one of the most iconic, and legendary comic books of all-time, and while many of you may already be familiar with it, we still felt it warranted a mention here.

In the SANDMAN, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power.

On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.

From there, we’re taken through 10 volumes of the most iconic comic book storytelling of all-time, melding genres from sci-fi to horror to fantasy and beyond.