Perhaps we should just hold a tournament to determine the geekiest rock band in the world.
One day after Fall Out Boy announced a line of vinyl action figures made in their likenesses (see “Fall Out Boy Toys: Dolls Of Bandmembers Coming To A Mall Near You” ), My Chemical Romance frontman, artist and longtime comic aficionado Gerard Way took steps to reclaim his uncool crown, announcing plans to pen his very own comic book series.
“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.”
Hey, just like the Way clan! (Mikey’s superpower would probably be Lasik-related.) According to Dark Horse, there is no firm release date for “Umbrella Academy” at the moment, though there’s a strong possibility the first issue won’t surface until mid-2007.
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). The first series features interior artwork from Gabriel Bá and covers by Eisner Award-winning artist James Jean.
In addition to writing comic books, Way and the rest of MCR are continuing work on the follow-up to their breakthrough Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, recording in California with Green Day producer Rob Cavallo (see “My Chemical Romance Enlist Green Day Producer For ’Dark,’ ’Wicked’ New LP” ).