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Tuesday, March 26, 2024 

Horror themes keep getting attention in mainstream press

Deadline announced the writer Gerard Way is launching yet another horror comic on the market, this one titled Paranoid Gardens:
My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, creator of comic The Umbrella Academy, is teaming with Dark Horse Comics to launch horror comic Paranoid Gardens in July.

Way is back working with his co-writer Shaun Simon. Chris Weston, known for his work in comics at Vertigo and DC as well as his work in concept art, storyboards and costume concept art for movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is illustrating the series, with artist Motohiro Hayakawa providing cover art for the first issue.

Dark Horse Comics describes the new comic as “Derek meets Doctor Who in six psychotic episodes.” [...]

“Along with his equally radical writing partner, Shaun Simon, we’ve created a wild and psychedelic tale that combines Kafkaesque nightmares with sweet Silver Age reveries,” Weston continued. “Within the pages of Paranoid Gardens you’ll find a curious care-home peopled with aliens, ghosts and caped heroes recovering from psychotic episodes. The very ground it’s built on is febrile and fertile; and lusted after by the minions of Mammon. It’s the perfect remedy for all those stricken with super-hero fatigue and needing a fix of something a bit more mind-bending and unpredictable.”
Franz Kafka may have been a famous writer in his time, but that still doesn't make this story by Way such a big deal we practically have to hear the MSM putting such a huge emphasis upon it with the promotional statement, and supposedly drawing inspiration from a scribe of the early 20th century who lived in the Czech Republic, a country none of these writers in the USA really seems to care about as much as they do the horror theme itself. Regrettably, comedy comics don't seem to get much traction in the mainstream press by contrast, due to all the PC influence that's hurt the entertainment industry for over a decade now, and that's very sad.

And a story like this is not in any way a remedy for superhero fatigue. It's just a poor cliche that's run comicdom into the ground.

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