Doom Patrol #1

9.1 Overall Score
Writing: 9/10
Art: 10/10
Coloring: 10/10

Great concepts|Amazing art|Vibrant coloring

Minor pacing issues|Lack of some story development


Doom Patrol
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
*Variant Cover by Jaime Hernandez
Doom Patrol created by Arnold Drake
Published by Young Animal, an imprint of DC Comics

Casey Brink is an EMT earning a hard-luck life in New York City. She passes the time playing videogames and talking with her work partner. Her life changes when she bears witness to a mysterious robotic man getting hit by a truck. Soon a strange girl appears at her door delivering a message through song and dance. Elsewhere, a conglomerate of strange, otherworldly beings holds a meeting of ominous intentions. And THEN things begin to get weird. Welcome to the world of the new Doom Patrol.

Anticipation has been running high ever since DC Comics announced their new imprint, Young Animal. Curated by comics writer/musician Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance fame), Young Animal was meant to be a throwback to the early days of the now well established Vertigo line. A lot was mentioned about getting back to that “British Invasion” vibe those early books were famous for. After all, many of today’s superstars got their start there. Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, Allan Moore; the roster reads like the call sheet for the greatest comic convention ever. So does this “new Vertigo” (as I like to call it) live up to it? Judging by the two releases I’ve read (you can check out my thoughts on Shade the Changing Girl also) the answer is a resounding yes. Doom Patrol, the first release, has the benefit of being the most well-known, as it is a classic title and is written by Way himself. It serves as a flagship title for the whole line. This first issue spends most of its time with Casey Brinke, the protagonist (it’s refreshing to see a lot of the Young Animal titles are either ABOUT women or created by them). Casey is an oddball, but she is a far cry from the weirdoes that have called Doom Patrol a home. But don’t let that fool you, as plenty of weird and Morrison like concepts are introduced, as well as classic characters like Danny the Street, mentioned. And, both Robotman and Dr. Niles Caulder make an appearance, with the latter’s being one of the issues funniest bits. Way clearly has a knack for comics writing and for the particular peculiarities that a book with this pedigree requires. It’s good, solid writing.

The art is fantastic and with the thick gutters surrounding all the panels helping make it all pop. Like a lot of modern comics, there is a slight anime influence (especially in the eyes) but Nick Derrington does a bang up job of capturing not only everyday locations but weird objects and people as well. He is also great at facial expressions.

The colors are great too, with a couple of scenes in what (I think) are other dimensions really standing out do to the wash and inking on them. Coloring gets overlooked sometimes, but when it’s good, you notice. And TamraBonvillain is great. I lingered over some panels after having finished reading them.

About the only thing that keeps this book from being perfect is slight issues in pacing and a little lacking in explanation. But then again this IS Doom Patrol, and it’s a ride that’s only beginning. I think I’ll stay on this one for a while. Fans of classic Vertigo and the old Doom Patrol should definitely pick this up.

*I picked up the cover by Jaime Hernandez, which alone is worth the cover price. 




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Manny Gomez is a freelance writer based out of Florida’s west coast. He obsessively reads interviews, binge watches TV shows, loves comics, movies, punk rock, hip-hop, stand-up comedy, detective novels and the mythology of baseball. His best friend is a dog. Follow him on Twitter @Manny1138

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