According to Bleeding Cool, Gerard Way revealed today at NC Comicon that his pitch for a Doom Patrol comic has been approved by DC. Way, the lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance and a comic book writer, said he will collaborate with artist Becky Cloonan (American Virgin, East Coast Rising) on the series, but has not yet had time to fit the project into his busy schedule.
The Doom Patrol first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 back in 1963, and was created by writer Arnold Drake, artist Bruno Premiani, and editor Murray Boltinoff. The series featured a bizarre collection of bitter outcasts, victims of accidents which had altered their bodies in radical ways, accidents which gave them extraordinary powers but alienated them from a fearful public.
The cornerstones of the team include four members: Robotman, a cyborg with a human brain and a super-strong metallic body; Negative Man, whose ability to transform into an energy being leaves his flesh and blood defenseless; Elasti-Girl, who can change her shape and size, but not always at will; and the Chief, a wheelchair-bound scientific genius and the mysterious founder of the team. The most famous run of Doom Patrol was that of Grant Morrison’s, who wrote the series from 1989 to 1993, providing readers with wildly imaginative, psychedelic stories which stayed true to Drake’s original vision. Way, who has collaborated with Morrison numerous times in the past, is sure to draw on his run for inspiration.