Gerard Way launches “wild and psychedelic” new horror comic, Paranoid Gardens

My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way is once again teaming up with co-writer Shaun Simon for new six-episode Dark Horse comic series Paranoid Gardens.

Gerard Way launches “wild and psychedelic” new horror comic, Paranoid Gardens
Emily Carter
Paul Harries

With My Chemical Romance having a hefty ol’ gap in their calendar until this October’s When We Were Young, Gerard Way has been busy creating another comic book series.

The vocalist is teaming up once again with co-writer Shaun Simon (who helped create The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys comic) for upcoming six-episode run Paranoid Gardens, due out in July via Dark Horse.

“I’m excited to be back with my incredibly handsome and talented brother-from-another-basement Shaun Simon penning a story that’s really special to us, and honoured the masterful Chris Weston joined us to create a visually powerful and emotionally tangible physical object that is this comic,” Gerard tells Deadline. “I’m now more complete getting to share something we’ve wanted to for a very long time, and working with this fantastic group of individuals in the process.”

Dark Horse themselves describe this series as “Derek meets Doctor Who in six psychotic episodes”, while artist Chris Weston proudly reveals that “we’ve created a wild and psychedelic tale that combines Kafkaesque nightmares with sweet Silver Age reveries”.

An official synopsis reads: “Loo is a nurse at the most bizarre care centre around. The staff are not entirely human, and the cases are downright unearthly. Aliens, ghosts, superheroes and more creatures plague its hallways as doctors and patients and the hospital itself seem to be somewhat self-aware. Loo believes that despite a recent failure at her job she’s been given some sort of higher calling in this mysterious place and decides to rise to the challenge. Along the way, she must fight her way through corrupt staff members, powerful theme park cults and her own personal demons and trauma to meet this challenge and discover what secrets the gardens hold.”

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