Of course like many movie stars, movie directors and rock gods, all of that fame and fortune has just been a path to a single goal for Way: getting to write a comic book! It’s called UMBRELLA ACADEMY and it’s due some time in 2007 from Dark Horse, sporting art by Gabriel Bá and covers James Jean. According to MTV:
“The Umbrella Academy,” a six-issue series from Dark Horse Comics, tells the story of Sir Reginald Hargreeves — a “world-renowned scientist and inventor, intrepid adventurer, successful entrepreneur, champion cricketer and closet space alien,” according to a statement from Dark Horse — and his family of superpowered, super-abnormal superheroes.
” ‘Umbrella Academy’ is the story of seven extraordinary, maladjusted individuals, their triumphs, tragedies, failures and disappointments,” the statement reads in part. “Most importantly, it’s about a family of superhumans who need to learn to get past their spectacularly dysfunctional childhoods to defeat the Conductor and his evil Black Orchestra and do what they were born to: save the world.”
But whenever it does hit shelves, the initial six-issue series — written entirely by Way — will serve as a launching point for an ongoing “Umbrella” miniseries (sort of like what the company does with its “Hellboy” title). .
Way is busy touring and promoting the new MCR album, so who knows how this series is progressing. But the Dark Horse website has a two-page preview up, and it looks very nice. Even though his #1 occupation may be as an idol to millions of disaffected teens, Way has certainly paid his comics dues, so he can be allowed into our ranks — plus who doesn’t love artist Bá?