Review: Doom Patrol #1

dpa_cv1_The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, “Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Generation-arsonists unite—this is Doom Patrol, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.

A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, Doom Patrol combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.

What the fuck did I read!? Ok, first thing’s first, I’ve never read Doom Patrol before. So, if folks have suggestions as to where I should start, sound off in the comments below.

Ok, back to the review.

This first issue is… interesting. I’ve liked writer Gerard Way‘s previous comics, and a lot have been big jumbles in the beginning and have become clearer once a few issues have come out. So, long run, I have hope, but for this single issue, seriously what was going on!?

There’s lots I get, and some of it is pretty straightforward, but the weird is piled on more and more and you get to a point where this feels like an experimental film done by a college student for some art festival competition. Reading it as a volume, things may be clearer, but as a single issue this feels like a comic folks claim is brilliant and you either agree because you don’t want to be left out or sit there wondering what you’re missing. I’m definitely in the latter.

Nick Derington‘s art is fantastic. For as odd as the issue is, the art is that good. That alone will have me back for more. The character design is great. The “action” is presented in a way that got me to actually laugh out loud. There’s some switching in style too that’s fantastic as well. Derington nails that part.

Way described the DC’s Young Animal line as experimental in many ways and it begins here with the cover with a peel away sticker of a burrito. The inside material doesn’t slow down at all when it comes to that. Hopefully, things are clearer as it goes on?

Story: Gerard Way Art: Nick Derington
Story: 6 Art: 9 Overall: 6.25 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review