Pleasant Surprises

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Doom Patrol (Volume 5) #1
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matthew Clark
Co-Feature by Giffen and J.M. Dematteis
Art by Kevin Maguire

 

This is the debut issue of the new Doom Patrol series, a book I haven’t exactly been overly-excited to read. I mean I like the Doom Patrol, but I am not a big fan of Matthew Clark’s art and I wasn’t impressed with the preview I saw of this series. But forget all that, cause I absolutely loved this! Sure the art could be better and there was absolutely no reason to give Elasti-Girl (Woman?) a new costume but this was a lot of fun. I love how deranged the Doom Patrol is that they could really care less that one of their teammates was blown to smithereens in this issue. I liked that we got to see Niles Caulder’s files on each member and I like that Bumblebee has not been written out of the team. This was a great introduction to the team and having them based on Oolong Island is really a great idea. They are the perfect fit to take on the mad scientists of Oolong Island since they are led by a mad scientist themselves. The Metal Men back up was another pleasant surprise. I never really liked them in any other comics I read but I thought they were quite enjoyable and amusing here. I like how they all ignored Copper.

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