DC / Young Animal Crossover Event “Milk Wars” Sends Ongoing Series in New Directions

Following the events of the DC/Young Animal crossover event “Milk Wars” this winter, the main titles of the DC’s Young Animal line will get a mix-up of their own, with new series titles and story directions. The pop-up imprint, curated by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, continues to set the bar for innovation in comics, using the five-part event beginning January 31 to send each title back to #1, with strange and crazy new stories.

“Young Animal is back to bringing the weird, with all your favorite characters going in drastically new directions not even they could expect,” says Way. “Find out what these characters are up to now, and how they’ve hit their next level of evolution.”

Beginning March 7, Shade has shed her alien identity, stepping out of her original Earth body into a new one. SHADE, THE CHANGING WOMAN begins as 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. Writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone will continue to helm Loma’s adventures.

Then on March 21, after a year of multiverse-hopping, Cave Carson returns to a normal life of digging and cave-diving, but it just isn’t the same for the explorer. Time fast-forwards as Cave and his daughter Chloe are sucked into an all-new adventure—literally—when they go spelunking in a black hole! CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE continues with writer Jon Rivera and artist Michael Avon Oeming.

Then on March 28, follow Violet Paige as she finds herself in a Gotham City unlike anything she’s known before. MOTHER PANIC: GOTHAM A.D. begins ten years into the future, 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? The series is written by Jody Houser with art by Tommy Lee Edwards and Ibrahim Moustafa (SAVAGE THINGS).

Launching from the backup story in “Milk Wars” is ETERNITY GIRL, a new miniseries from GLAAD Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Eisner Award-winning artist Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye). 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.

The “Milk Wars” event kicks off in JLA/DOOM PATROL SPECIAL #1 on January 31. The epically weird crossover adventure featuring characters from the JLA and DC’s Young Animal will continue throughout February.

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Given the sales numbers, I figured some sort of change was coming. Anyone reading these care to comment?

I been reading Mother Panic and Doom Patrol.  Hopefully they won't muck them up too much.

I've been reading BUG!

Love BUG!

But it's a limited series, now complete.

I read BUG!, too. I didn't realize how it was punctuated. Now I like it more!

I read the solicitations for "Milk Wars." I may give that a try.

I've only been reading Doom Patrol and Bug, after dropping Cave Carson after its first storyline. I'm not sure I'll be continuing into any of the new series -- and even Milk Wars, weird as it sounds, hasn't really fired me up. I think I'd be more bullish on the line if Doom Patrol would come out at a reasonable clip.

I did really love BUG!, though!

I think it's been a really interesting experiment. The thing is, as "weird" as it gets, it's still nothing compared to the stuff I've been loving from other companies over the last couple of years.

Still, it's fun to see all of these characters reborn and playing around again, plus the addition of Mother Panic has been really great.

I just have so much stuff to get caught up on.

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