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Jun 30, 2013

PHOTOS: Candids - Mikey Way & Gerard Way

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Jun 27, 2013

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Gerard Way doing last minute rewrites on The Aquabats! Super Show! He Co-Directed Anti-Bats! with me,…

PHOTOS: Preview: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #2 (Preview)

                                     Story by
Gerard Way, Shaun Simon
Art by
Becky Cloonan
Colors by
Dan Jackson
Cover by
Gabriel Ba, Becky Cloonan
Dark Horse Comics
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                                     Release Date Wed, July 10th, 2013
“Our home was sent to the heavens and there ain’t nowhere to go!” Delve into the life of Korse, one of Better Living Industries’ most productive and violent Scarecrows! See the trials and tribulations faced by Blue, an android down on her luck! Meanwhile, find out who—or what—survived the original Killjoys’ deadly confrontation in Battery City.
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ARTICLE: Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Gerard Way & More React To DOMA Ruling

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Defense Of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.

A number of musicians were quick to respond on Twitter with their support for the ruling in support of gay marriage. More to come, we imagine, as the West Coast wakes up and sees the big news.

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Jun 23, 2013

ARTICLE: Commentary Track: Way, Simon & Cloonan On "Killjoys" #1

The band My Chemical Romance may have went their separate ways this year, but the colorful characters inhabited by the cutting edge punk quartet are living on in the form of "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" comic from Dark Horse spearheaded by singer Gerard Way.

In the works since the band's 2010 album "Danger Days," the series co-written by Way and Shaun Simon and drawn by Becky Cloonan expands the world of the rebel Killjoys characters who protected the life of a young girl fated to save a dystopian society in My Chemical Romance's last set of videos. The comics story picks things up years later after the Killjoys have vanished and the evil Better Living Industries tracks the girl and her new Killjoys-inspired friends through a post-industrial desert wasteland.

Jun 21, 2013

ARTICLE: PODCAST: Pop Culture Hounding Gerard Way

Gerard Way joins me in conversation for a very special episode of the Pop Culture Hound podcast … But first Taylor & I give our in-depth review of his new comic, The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, from Dark Horse Comics. Co-written with Shaun Simon, and featuring art by Becky Cloonan, colors by Dan Jackson and letters by Nate Piekos, Killjoys continues the story of the post-apocalyptic world first shown in the film clips for My Chemical Romance’s Na Na Na & Sing.

Then Gerard & I delve into his approach to comics and music. Why did he feel it was time for My Chemical Romance to end? How did he rediscover his love of art? What effect did 9/11 have on the ultimate direction his life would take? We discuss all that and more as we look at his writing process, what it’s like collaborating with others, and what motivates him to keep creating. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the world where music & comics meet, presented by one of the people most qualified to lead us there.

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Jun 18, 2013


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PHOTOS: Gerard Way/Becky Cloonan "Killjoys #1" signing 06/15/13

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Jun 15, 2013

ARTICLE: Gerard Way's New Romance with FABULOUS KILLJOYS & Dark Horse 

You may lose the battle, but you don’t have to lose the war.

That’s the motivation behind the new Dark Horse comic series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and artist Becky Cloonan. It follows the sole survivor of an epic clash between a tyrannical corporation and a group of rebels known as the Killjoys. With the Killjoys dead and the rebellion shattered like a pane of glass, the young woman known solely as the Girl has to look for a way to fashion these broken shards into something to fight back with. And with the legacy of the Killjoys burning strong as not just fighters but now as martyrs, there’s a hotbed of followers looking to kickstart the cause once again.

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was originally announced by Way as a sequel to his band My Chemical Romance’s 2010 album Danger Days. But in the aftermath of the album’s recording sessions and tours, Killjoys has evolved to become a standalone story about teenage rebellion and living up to the legacy of those who came before. Newsarama talked with Way about this new series hitting comic shelves this week, and how the dissolution of My Chemical Romance earlier this year cast a shadow on this project.

Dark Horse September 2013 solicitationsNewsarama: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was originally intended to be a coda of sorts to My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days, but since that came out in 2010 I heard it’s evolved quite a bit. Can you tell us about that evolution and what it ended up as?

Dark Horse September 2013 solicitationsGerard Way: The book was originally going to be a very different book. Shaun Simon and I began working on this comic idea together before Conventional Weapons and Danger Days. During the recording process for Danger Days, I wanted to incorporate the comic into the album. So then ideas just started to feed into each other, with one thing informing the other. We ended up using the story as the basis for the music videos for Danger Days, and by the time we completed the second video we had spent our entire album budget for videos on just two videos. But by living in this world we’d created, I realized that we could mitigate the fact that there wasn’t a third video and instead pour it back into the original medium – comics. So this comic is the final chapter. I had never seen that done before, and that kind of stuff is exciting.

PHOTOS: Gerard Way/Becky Cloonan "Killjoys #1" signing 06/14/13

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Jun 13, 2013

NEWS: 'Fabulous Killjoy' signing at The Secret Headquarters in Silverlake on June 15!

To celebrate this week’s release of The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1, we are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a signing with writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance) and artist Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan The Barbarian.) Come by this Saturday, June 15th from 7 to 9pm to have a drink, snag a copy of the new book, and meet Gerard and Becky!

REVIEW: 'The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' might leave readers unfulfilled

In November 2011, My Chemical Romance released its fourth studio album, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.”

The album depicts a fictional post-apocalyptic California, particularly Battery City, in the year 2019 following a group of renegades called The Killjoys. The small out-lying group, which was comprised of the band’s four principle members: Party Poison (lead singer Gerard Way), Jet Star (guitarist Ray Toro), Fun Ghoul (guitarist Frank Iero) and Kobra Kid (bassist Mikey Way), fought against Better Living Industries (BL/ind.), who had stripped the citizens of Battery City of their individuality, and its team of Draculoids and Scarecrows.

My Chemical Romance released two music videos for the songs “Na Na Na” and “Sing,” both of which showed The Killjoys fighting BL/ind.’s henchmen while trying to protect and rescue the Girl who was deemed important, although the reason why wasn’t explained in the videos. During the “Sing” music video, The Killjoys rescue the Girl from BL/ind.’s headquarters, but the four members die during the video’s gunfight.

The music video left a few questions unanswered, with the biggest ones being who was the Girl, why was she important, and what happened to her?

For the answers, My Chemical Romance front-man Gerard Way, who has won an Eisner Award for his “The Umbrella Academy” comics, announced he would be making a comic book series with Dark Horse Comics titled “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” which was released Wednesday.

While the original Killjoys were killed, the comic book picks up 12 years later, presumably in 2031 if the timeline stayed true to the album’s description, with the Girl living alone in the desert outskirts of Battery City with her cat.

One morning, when trying to find food, she goes into a store and finds Party Poison’s mask and takes it, which grabs Val Velocity’s attention. Val and his group, known as the Ultra V’s, proclaim the Girl’s importance as being seen by The Killjoys as the messiah for that post-apocalyptic world.

The Girl then joins the Ultra V’s simply to get back her fallen protector’s mask, and the continual battle between BL/ind. and the out-skirted renegades, this time in the form of the Ultra V’s, picks right back up where The Killjoys left it.

The first issue ends to lead into the second issue, but the little action throughout the issue is only made up for the fact Way and co-writer Shaun Simon are just laying the foundations for the rest of the series.

“The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’” first installment to Way’s new series, whose art is done by Becky Cloonan, is a hard one to get into if the audience is not familiar with the “Danger Days” album and its themes, backstory and characters. My Chemical Romance fans who liked the polarizing album should be able to get into the comic book with relative ease, but those who are just picking up the series with no context may come away confused and unfulfilled.

While the art is good, the story itself is underwhelming, which can be credited simply to the fact this first issue provided some context and background, although to understand more, I would suggest at least watching the two music videos and finding the free, short comic introducing BL/ind.

For My Chemical Romance fans, especially those still going through some hard times since the band’s breakup earlier this year, I would suggest reading “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” If you’re just interested in Way’s latest comic series, I would suggest waiting a bit until more issues are released to better understand the full story at once.

Issue No. 2 will be available July 10.


REVIEW: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1

 The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1
Written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
Illustrated by Becky Cloonan
Colored by Dan Jackson
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Covers by Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Dark Horse has just released The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1. This bizarrely fashioned post-apocalyptic superhero story is written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon with art from Becky Cloonan. Check out my thoughts below:

Here’s what we know: The superhero team known as The Killjoys fought against Better Living Industries — an evil mega-corporation shedding individuality from the citizens of Battery City. The Killjoys also protected a young girl whom they believed to be a messiah of sorts; however, The Killjoys were all killed and only the girl survived. Now, twelve years later, the Killjoys’ followers, The Ultra V’s — a group of reckless, careless punk teenagers — are in the midst of continuing the fight against the B.L.I. and anyone else who might get in their way. The nameless girl wanders the streets with her cat and a radio, avoiding danger at all costs. When she meets up with The Ultra V’s, she quickly learns that the term “superhero” does not have quite the same meaning as it used to and that the B.L.I. are on her trail.

I was intrigued just from reading the premise of the story before actually digging into the first issue of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Upon actually opening up the comic and trudging my way through, I quickly began to realize how disjointed Way and Simon’s tale proved to be. There wasn’t nearly enough information throughout the comic for me to even understand who half of the characters were. Truthfully, the only reasons I was able to follow along at all were due to the introduction paragraph presented before the main story and the “narration” offered over the protagonist’s radio by a rhyming, radio personality (which was hard enough to follow in itself).

Cloonan’s cartoon style of drawing was really entertaining. It reminded me of a cross between Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim and Lars Brown’s Northworld. The problem, however, was that the style didn’t seem to mesh well with the ominous tone of the writing.

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 did not live up to what I had hoped for. I understand that the first issue of any series can be a difficult sell and sometimes a comic will warrant a second try; but there were just not enough positives for me to continue on with this comic, which was less fabulous and more killjoy.


ARTICLE: Gerard Way Illustrates 'The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys' #1 Ghost Variant Cover

Not content to illustrate just one alternate cover for he and Shaun Simon, Becky Cloonan and Dan Jackson's The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1, Umbrella Academy scribe and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has lent his talents to a special Ghost Variant cover. Emblazoned with the mask of Way's own Killjoys alter ego Party Poison, the cover is available today at participating Ghost Variant retailers. You can get up close with Way's latest art after the cut.

From Dark Horse's official solicitation info: 
 Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one-the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it's left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI or else join the mindless ranks of Bat City!
The final chapter of the Danger Days saga by My Chemical Romance!
  The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 is out now in comic shops and Dark Horse Digital.

VIDEO: My Chemical Romance Frontman Gerard Way Previews New Comic

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'The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' shares a storyline with MCR's 'Danger Days' album

 Recognize that music? It's My Chemical Romance, soundtracking a preview video for MCR frontman Gerard Way's second foray into comic book writing, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The singer's first comic, The Umbrella Academy, debuted in 2007 and won a prestigious Eisner Award. While Way's debut was a completely separate venture from his now-defunct rock band, Killjoys is a tie-in of sorts — its title did serve as the subtitle of MCR's final album, 2010's Danger Days.

Way and co. wrote the album as a follow-up to 2006's platinum-selling smash The Black Parade. And like Parade, Danger Days was exceptionally narrative, making a comic spinoff a logical next step. "I think just from now on, I'm going to make what I make — if it just happens to overlap, it just does — and I think I'll just put less emphasis on what it's doing and just do it," Way tells MTV Geek. Way says he took pains not to "exploit the band," striking an agreement with Dark Horse Comics for the words "My Chemical Romance" to only appear a couple times in early promotional materials. The frontman hopes his newest creation will live on its own merits.

Drawn by Brazil's Gabriel Bá, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is riddled with Way's self-proclaimed "dark" worldview. And apparently it gets pretty violent. "It's funny, because we're dealing with laser guns, but it feels so much more violent and final when somebody gets shot in this book, instead of getting shot in a movie with a handgun or something," Way says, likening the violence in Killjoys to Martin Scorsese films. "Even if it's not over-the-top violence, for me it's about what's under the surface of these violent acts that makes them more violent. Which is why I dig Scorsese films: it's not just about someone getting shot, it's what under it."

My Chemical Romance fans may recall not only the comic book flair of Danger Days but also the awesome appearance of legendary comic writer Grant Morrison in the videos for "SING" and "Na Na Na." (He's the bald dude.)


Jun 12, 2013


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Jun 11, 2013

AUDIO: Frank Iero - "Aerialists"

New solo track by Frank Iero “about a troop of Columbian trapeze artists my family & I saw last week at the circus”. Performed live and acoustic.

VIDEO: Frank Iero - Studio clip

Short clip of what appears to be Frank Iero working on a new song.

SCANS: Kerrang! #1457

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Jun 10, 2013

ARTICLE: Rock Star Gerard Way - A Real 'Killjoy'

Fans of the band My Chemical Romance are constantly surprised that Gerard Way, best known for belting out moody punk numbers under an emo haircut as the band’s lead singer, is actually an accomplished comic book artist.

They shouldn’t be -- not only was the writer and the creator of the Eisner-award-winning series “The Umbrella Academy,” but he’s been doing comics since he first got published at 15. The 36-year-old went on to major in cartoon illustration at the School of Visual Arts and even interned at DC Comics for a bit. Until, that is, his side project with the band took off.

“People were just surprised by it,” Way says. “They say: ‘You used to do this stuff?’ Yeah, I have a diploma.”

Now that the band split this past spring, Way is back to focusing on writing with the release of his new title, “The True Loves of the Fabulous Killjoys.” The first issue, published by Dark Horse, comes out Wednesday.

The book is in some ways a follow-up to the band’s 2010 album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” The band made a few videos exploring the world of the comic book, but the story predates the album even.

“It started as a comic, pretty different [than it is now] but shared the same sentiments and themes,” he says. “Those crept into the album, and visually took it over.”

The story, as Way describes it, is about a two warring factions, two differing points of view; in the middle of all that is a girl who’s been told her whole life that she’s very important, so much so that a suicide squad goes in to rescue her, dying in the process.
Eight years have passed since that escape and now she’s still
trying to figure herself out.

“The reason she’s confused is everyone else seems to have this purpose for her that she necessarily didn’t want to be a part of or understand at all,” he says. “What happens when everybody has groomed or made you into this thing and you just don’t want to do it?”

He worked with artist Becky Cloonan, who he praised for sticking with the book for the five years it’s been in development.
“The thing I’m most blown away with by her is she’s able to put in so much enthusiasm and dedication,” he says, adding that he thought this was the best work of her career.

Way says the art direction pulls on a composite of things he’s mentally collected since he was 5 years old: interpretations of Logan’s Run, exploitation films, ‘80s punk (coining the phrase “punksplotation” for its use of similar aesthetics).

“It has this almost Rocky Horror-ness to it, if it were hyper violent,” he says.


Jun 8, 2013

VIDEO: Watch: Ray Toro (formerly of My Chemical Romance) tracks guitar for new Voltaire album

Ray Toro, former lead guitarist of My Chemical Romance, has entered the studio with dark multi-platform artist Aurelio Voltaire to record guitars for select tracks from his upcoming album, Raised By Bats!. 

In the video below, Toro plays the album's title track.

“It is with a tremendous amount of joy and pride that I share with you that Ray Toro of My Chemical Romance was kind enough to record tracks for my upcoming album Raised by Bats!,” Voltaire wrote in the description for the below video of Toro playing his song “Oh My Goth!” “I am truly moved by this man's abilities, his humility and the fact that he chose to share both with me."


Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the second studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance, released on June 8, 2004. This was the band's first album to be released through Reprise Records. The previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records. The album has sold over one million copies in the United States.

Jun 7, 2013

ARTICLE: School of Rock's Young Rockers Set to Honor Their Elders

Area music school presents weekend concerts that pay tribute to rock legends past and present and help Sandy relief. 

Local youngsters will bring the rock while honoring their musical heroes in three School of Rock Montclair events being held this month.

On Saturday and Sunday, students will present "Jersey Underground," a tribute to songs by diverse Garden State artists, including the Misfits, Dillinger Escape Plan, Kool & the Gang, the Gaslight Anthem, My Chemical Romance, the Lumineers, Blues Traveler, Whitney Houston, Sugarhill Gang, Overkill, Blondie and more.

The performances take place Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Crossroads, 78 North Avenue, Garwood, and Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Just Jake’s, 30 Park St., Montclair.

Tickets are $10 and $5 for 17 and under.  All proceeds will benefit the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.

School of Rock Montclair will present another show at Just Jake's on Sunday at 3 p.m. "Jimi Wonder" is a musical mashup paying tribute to two very different rock legends, guitar hero Jimi Hendrix and soul-prodigy-turned-musical-visionary Stevie Wonder.

Tickets for "Jimi Wonder" are $5 and also go toward the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.

The concerts feature students in School of Rock Montclair’s rigorous performance programs. The school reports the kids have been preparing their repertoires since January.

“The diversity of our spring performance programs shows off the impressive range of our students’ tastes as well as their awesome musical skills,” said Shamera Sandoski, who owns School of Rock Montclair.  “Fans of all things Jersey will enjoy our tribute to a wide range of famous performers who got their start in the Garden  State.  And our two-fer of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder will be impressed by how our young rockers perform some of the biggest hits of both artists.”

For more information on the events, contact Sandoski at 973-337-5296 or visit  Tickets can be purchased in advance at School of Rock Montclair, 125 Valley Road, or at the venue on the day of the show.


Jun 6, 2013


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Jun 5, 2013

PHOTOS: Candids - Gerard Way - Mikey Way

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ARTICLE: Christian Jacobs Dishes on the Gerard Way-Directed 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'

Have you ever wanted to watch a show where a rock band plays a quintet of over-the-top superheroes? Of course you have! That's The Hub's The Aquabats! Super Show, which returns for a new season today, and BFTV sat down with co-creator and star Christian Jacobs (better known as MC Bat Commander) to get the dish on one of the highlights: an upcoming episode is directed by My Chemical Romance rocker Gerard Way.

How did Christian sign Gerard up to step behind the camera for the installment, which is called "Anti-Bats!" and airs on June 29? "We hit it off working together on Yo Gabba Gabba’s Super Christmas Special last year and kept in touch after that," Christian explained. "I wanted to figure out a way to work together again, and thought maybe Gerard would be into The Aquabats! Super Show! because it is so retro-tastic and silly. He was into it and it all worked out."

He described Gerard's directorial style as "Just really collaborative and fun! It was like making a silly movie with your pals in the backyard. It really feels like we’re 11-year-olds shooting a movie on VHS. Jason Devilliers, our director, and I are like big kids and Gerard fit in with us like a brother from another mother.

"Gerard is very objective and smart," he continued. "He knows how to work subtleties into over-the-top campy melodrama. He’s really great at details and very aware of story. [It was] super fun working with him."

Directing The Aquabats! Super Show! isn't like helming any other show. It's what happens when you put action, comedy, camp and music into a blender and then let the contents out on TV. Should any My Chemical Romance fans tune into the program to watch Gerard's episode, Christian told us they're in for "Power Rangers meets Devo meets The Banana Splits meets Batman meets Johnny Sokko meets Ark 2 meets Flight of the Conchords? Ha! You’ll just have to watch it!"

Christian also let us in on what "Anti-Bats" is all about, and what fans can look forward to when it airs next month. "It follows two competing bands seeking revenge on The Aquabats, who unite with evil Silver Skull and become the Anti-bats," he said. "Ricky [Fitness, played by Richard Falomir] abandons The Aquabats for newfound love, and must choose between his new girlfriend and saving his friends as the mighty Anti-bats close in."

"To me, it’s the little goofy things in the episode that make me really laugh. Those subtle little human moments mixed into an episode that is so over the top," he continued. "There’s a death metal band that gets turned into super-villains by a mystical man with a sliver skull helmet doing a very purposefully bad Bane impression. There’s homages to Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Clash of the Titans, Heartbeeps, Batman, Superman 2, The Monkees, Repo basically, it’s just an average episode of the show!"

And the musician-television producer-voice actor, who cites Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh as an inspiration and loves everything from the 60's western adventure series The Wild Wild West to Sesame Street, added that "Anti-Bats" was just as fun to make as it will be for you to watch. "One of my favorite memories was after a very stressful contentious day shooting in the freezing cold mud all day long, on the west side of Utah Lake, driving back to downtown Salt Lake City in search for a place to eat," he told us. "It was already like 9 PM and we’d been up since 4 AM.

"Gerard, Mikey [Way] and I were so tired -and then we saw a Del Taco! We were all exhausted and I had my magic marker moustache on, et cetera. and we went in and had a very fine meal at a very fine classic Mexican-American eatery. People were staring at us like we had just stepped out of a flying saucer. It was so rad!"


ARTICLE: Gerard Way Shares Unused Art For Unproduced DC-Approved Batman Series

There are quite a few mainstream musicians who have worked or are currently working in comics, but none are as successful as former My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way. After the first limited series of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ was released in 2007, it won the Eisner for Best Finite Series/Limited Series. He followed that up with a second limited series titled ‘The Umbrella Academy: Dallas’ in 2008 and then plans for a third series were revealed, but no release date was announced. Currently, fans are anxiously awaiting his return to comic book writing after four years when ‘The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ #1 from Dark Horse finally hits shelves on June 12th, but the singer recently revealed that there was another comic project that was supposed to be in the works, but he never got around to writing it. And this project involved a certain Caped Crusader.

According to his Twitter over the past few days, Way had pitched a Batman limited series to DC Comics around the time that he had won his Eisner and they approved it. Titled ‘Batman: Kingdom of the Mad’, the series was meant to be released through the company’s more mature line of books, Vertigo, but it never came to fruition due to the lack of time on the writer’s hands. Along with the revelation of this dream project, he tweeted some concept art from the series featuring Batman, Robin, The Joker, The Riddler, and more. Not much detail accompanied the pictures, but judging by the tweet of the Mr. Freeze artwork, Way had some pretty twisted things in mind for this series:

The rest of the art has a very Tim Burton feel to it. In general, it all seems heavily influenced by ‘Edward Scissorhands’. Basically, this might be one of the darkest reimaginings of the Dark Knight I’ve ever seen. For all of the previously unreleased art of Way’s version of Batman, check out the gallery below:

While Way mentioned that he didn’t have time to work on ‘Kingdom of the Mad’ before, he didn’t say that the project is dead, so it’s possible that this story could still see the light of day some time in the future. If I were him, I definitely wouldn’t want to let this one go. After all, who wouldn’t love to write their own version of Batman? And for his to even get the green light from DC is a feat all in itself. Now that MCR has gone their separate ways and Way has reentered the comic book industry, maybe the ball can get rolling on this project once again because this definitely looks like an interesting story that deserves to be told.