1:43pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Gerard Way's 'Umbrella Academy' to Return in 2014
The Umbrella Academy, the superhero series that brought musician Gerard Way into comic books, has been absent since the conclusion of its second storyline five years ago. But that absence will come to an end next year, according to a series of social media posts over the weekend.
Way's Umbrella Academy, co-created with artist Gabriel Ba, first appeared in an online short in 2006 before graduating to two miniseries released from 2007 through 2009. A third series, titled Hotel Oblivion, was announced during San Diego Comic-Con, but has yet to appear -- something that Way hinted was going to change soon.
So I got a really nice email from Gabriel Ba the other day, he's an amazing comic artist who was the artist on Umbrella Academy..— Gerard Way (@gerardway) December 21, 2013
He was checking in to see how I was and that he was going to be finished with a project sometime next year, and we both agreed to-— Gerard Way (@gerardway) December 21, 2013
Do part 3 and 4 of Umbrella Academy, starting next year..I am almost finished with my music project and so it's time to get back into comics— Gerard Way (@gerardway) December 21, 2013
Since I announced The Umbrella Academy part 3, a lot happened and my life changed a lot, so I never got to start it, but-— Gerard Way (@gerardway) December 21, 2013
Starting next year there's going to be a steady output of things I make. So I just wanna thank everyone who stayed a fan the past few yrs— Gerard Way (@gerardway) December 21, 2013
Way also shared concept art from the next series, saying that he creates "a ton of sketches before I start to write each series, to visualize what we will see."
Some of the new UA3 design art pic.twitter.com/o3TZvcTKnl— Gerard Way (@gerardway) December 21, 2013
The final issue of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Way's current comic book series with artist Becky Cloonan, will be released tomorrow.