A little over a year ago, DC Comics’ Young Animal imprint launched with four core titles. Curated and helmed by Umbrella Academy writer and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, these titles aimed to put out books that took a quirky and offbeat look at pockets of the DC Universe. Those four books will culminate in January’s Milk Wars crossover event, which sees Young Animal characters meeting the DC Universe properly for the first time. And then, after that, things are going to change for the Young Animal crew.
According to a DC Comics press release, the core Young Animal comics are going to relaunch with new #1s and new titles following the conclusion of Milk Wars. Way says that “Young Animal is back to bringing the weird, with all your favorite characters going in drastically new directions not even they could expect. Find out what these characters are up to now, and how they’ve hit their next level of evolution.”
On March 7th, Shade the Changing Girl becomes Shade the Changing Woman. Current writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone will remain on the title, which sees the lead character Loma Shade fully shedding her alien form in favor of a human one.
Loma, now free of the burdens of her past life, sets out to see more of her new home. But how will she cope when the madness she was forced to confront in the Milk Wars is now a mass of memory and confusion? To make things even more challenging, she’ll come face to face with the original Changing Man.
On March 21st, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye gets an enhancement, becoming Cave Carson has an Interstellar Eye. Current creatives Jon River and Michael Avon Oeming will remain on the title, which sees Cave Carson and his daughter Chloe pulled into the future after they go “spelunking in a black hole.”
Then, on March 28th, Mother Panic earns itself some subtitle bling. Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. will feature current creative team Jody Houser with art by Tommy Lee Edwards and Ibrahim Moustafa. The series takes place ten years into the future of Gotham in “a world without a Batman, with Gotham City now in the hands of a Collective. In a high-tech town with zero tolerance toward caped crusaders, what’s a woman who has vowed vengeance to do?”
Finally, a new miniseries will launch out of Milk Wars. Eternity Girl will begin on March 7th, featuring writer Magdalene Visaggio of Kim & Kim fame and Eisner-winning artist Sonny Liew.
The series follows the tragedy of Caroline Sharp, a former superhero and super-spy whose cursed powers have left her hideously deformed and unable to die! Her only solution? Destroy the universe. This new series begins March 7.
While the fate of Gerard Way’s and Nick Derington’s Doom Patrol is not discussed in today’s press release, the Beat has confirmed with DC that the series will return alongside the other titles. No release date is known at this time.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.