Doom Patrol Vol. 1: one Piece at A Time | Review


Published on Dec 23, 2017


The Doom Patrol is one of the teams most strange of the DCU, if not the strangest ever. Created by Arnold Drake in the sixties, it was composed by the involved characters in quirky situations, at least when compared to those of the comic books of Superman and Batman. Many of them considered in the same way as the X-Men marvelliani, both because the members of the team were of the freak as the mutants (for now, they were guided by a man on a wheelchair, Niles Caulder), and because Arnold Drake, more or less in the same period, he wrote several episodes of the comic-book Marvel.

The team, however, did not have great success, and in course of time appeared occasionally in other series and in series from the alternating luck. After the Crisis, however, DC decided to launch a regular monthly, at the beginning made by a variety of authors and then sent to the insane and the visionary Grant Morrison. And it was then that things changed radically. Grant turned the formation of the group, while preserving the character most representative as Robotman, and Niles Caulder, and inserted the new entries of his own invention. It wasn't heroes any. There were, among others, Crazy Jane, a schizophrenic with sixty-seven personality (and as many superpowers); Dorothy Spinner, a young girl down; the farcical Flex Mentallo, and even a road-sentient, Danny The Street!
Morrison conceived of adventures over-the-top, inspired by the surrealism and psychedelia and doing Doom Patrol one of the cylinder heads, the more experimental of the DC, as well as one of the flagship products of the editorial line as well as Vertigo. Today, the publishing house offers a new comic-book, belonging to the recent division, Young Animal, dedicated to the series that depict heroes from the DC in a contemporary key (a bit on the spirit of the original Vertigo).

To narrarne the events there is Gerard Way, the leader of My Chemical Romance and appreciated the author of the comics, clearly influenced just by Morrison. So far his tests I will never be convinced, because I think of myself as an imitator of Grant, without a personality of his own. Even in the case of Doom Patrol is at the bottom of this but in this volume that includes the first six books of the series the original outlines a story-line interesting.

Introduces Casey Brinke, a nurse apparently normal that it tries to do its job in the best possible way in the company of a colleague. But one day his life is interrupted by several oddities. Way does not reveal everything immediately, playing with puzzles, mysteries and situations that are not easy to interpret-worthy of a David Lynch movie. As you can see, there are entities to be malicious, the Vectra, that you hide in a parallel dimension but interact with our. Their machinations involve the members of the Doom Patrol, and they are scattered in various dimensional planes.
What does Casey with them? What is his role? The answer lies in a comic strip, and with a similar gimmick Way likes to tell a story and twisted meta-narrative. At the same time, recalls Robotman, Crazy Jane, Danny The Street, and Flex Mentallo, and Negative Man who, in his version, shot as more of those of the period Morrison. Niles Caulder, instead, is relegated to the margins of the story, and for now, don't we know more.

Way tip on the plots absurd and paradoxical and writes the lyrics ironic, however, does not have the sarcasm of Grant Morrison. On the whole, however, plays a good job and it's curious, proposing a work anti-conventional, and certainly not for all. There is, however, one point to make: Way is linked implicitly to the run morrisoniana and if someone does not read and does not have any information about the characters might not understand anything.

The drawings are by Nick Derington is a penciler of the middle level. Is functional but his style at times is crude and woody, and, especially in the sequences, highly imaginative and dreamlike, opt for a setting pupazzesca of the characters is perhaps not very suited to a series like that. In any case, while not being a work that is a miracle, Doom Patrol is intriguing, and has the merit of reproducing the characters non-trivial and of great potential.

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