This seems like the most crass, irritating thing in the world.
Beyond it just being fucking stupid and insipid, I’ll draw a line in the sand over comparing this to the Umbrella Academy. Yes, both are comics spawned by musicians, specifically in the rock/emo/whatever field. The similarities end there. First off, Gerard Way started off as a comic book/animation artist before he was even in MCR and has been very open about his love of comics and his influences, which are generally pretty respectable (he keeps dropping Morrison’s Doom Patrol).
Plus there’s the big one: Gerard Way WROTE the Umbrella Academy. Wrote it pretty well I’d say, but the point being that there was a degree of love and effort that went into it. Pete Wentz can “conceive” the “idea” until the cows come home, but all that means he has to do is scribbles out some basic plot/characterization on a cocktail napkin then farm it out to some other schmuck to do the heavy lifting. Gerard Way proved that, just because you’re an immensely successful rockstar, doesn’t mean you can’t take the time and sit your ass down to do a comic yourself (and one that was published almost always on schedule too! Dudes who write comics FOR A LIVING can’t even seem to do that! ::coughcoughMARK MILLERcough::)
Another difference is that the Umbrella Academy has, to my knowledge, nothing to do with the band MCR other than having Gerard Way as an author. This thing is, “loosely based on the Fall Out Boy song “Tiffany Blews” and will focus on “a mysterious toymaker, a cyborg gal named Tiffany and a kid in a bear suit that looks lifted from the cover of Fall Out Boy’s Folie á Deux,” their latest album released last year.”
Say it with me kids: this comic is entirely in service of drumming up and/or capitalizing on interest for their most recent album.
I couldn’t give two shits about whether or not the drummer in FOB is a big comic book fan or if Pete Wentz is a “geek.” There’s been nothing so far that I’ve seen that makes it seems like he has ever been qualified or even interested in doing a comic other than to cash in on FOB’s success. This is about as respectable as buying an FOB sweatband at one of their concerts.
If you must compare it to something, compare it to the pretty insufferable Coheed and Cambria comics that were produced (though, if I recall correctly, those were at least co-authored by the guy in the band) “in service” of telling the story from their albums. though i guess they’re a “concept” band and that the narrative has always been a big part of their music. so more accurate would be comparing it to all the KISS spin-off comics, “sanctioned” by the band and crassly marketed to idiots who think that just because the band is good, the comics will be too.
Sorry for the rant, but all the Umbrella Academy comparisons were driving me nuts. In spite of the buzz surrounding it, UA was always more respectable an endeavor than this “conceiving” bullshit.