Weirdos Are The Best

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Doom Patrol (Volume 6) #5
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington

Casey Brinke, Flex Mentallo, and Danny the Street work together to defeat Terminox and the Ventra in this weird (in a good way) series that barely makes any sense but is fun and exciting in the weirdest way possible. I love everything about it and I hope it lasts for a long while. The Doom Patrol isn’t officially back together yet it is unclear to me who is going to be officially on the team or if it will ever be a team but it seems the break out star of this book is going to be Casey Brinke who has an incredible costume in my book. Casey Brinke should team up with Halo! Speaking of Halo…she would be an interesting character to join the Doom Patrol. She is a weirdo too.

 

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Doom Patrol (Volume 6) #1
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington

This is the first issue of the new Doom Patrol series under DC’s Young Animal imprint. Which I take it is a mature readers imprint not unlike Vertigo was but set in the DC Universe? I can’t say I was a big fan of the previous Doom Patrol series by Keith Giffen but I like the concept of the strange superhero team enough I guess. I was surprised that series is even referenced in this issue with Oolong Island on someone’s shirt…someone who might be Niles Caulder? I have to say I was pleasently surprised with this issue. We only really get to see Robotman and Niles…everyone else seems new and the team hasn’t been formed yet but this book sure was delightfully weird.

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Doom Patrol (Volume 6) #2
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington

The second issue sees the girl Casey Brinke meeting Danny the Street or well..Dannyland, and Flex Mentallo. Meanwhile, Negative Man is walking around without his Negative side and Robotman nearly destroys Casey’s apartment in a fight with Aliens. I have no idea where this is going but I am along for the ride.

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Doom Patrol (Volume 6) #3
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington

This series improves each issue as Casey Brinke finds out she is simply a creation of Danny the Street come to life from reading an old comic book about her. Meanwhile, Robotman tries to help Negative Man and they decide to rebuild the Doom Patrol. All of Doom Patrol’s history is seemingly acknowledged in this comic – meaning Flashpoint or whever caused the timeline issues did not effect them at all. Good. This is a lot of fun.

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Doom Patrol (Volume 6) #4
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington

How cute is Casey Brinke’s sidekick Fugg? He better to stick around. We need more funny sidekicks. Remember Topo the humanoid Squid during that Aquaman run? I miss his funny squid ass. In this issue, Danny and Casey ride an ambulance through space and time while she dresses like Rainbow Brite-ish. Who couldn’t love this off-the-wall series?!

 

Doom Patrol 19 – 22

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Doom Patrol (Volume 5) #19
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matthew Clark and Ron Randall

This issue ends the crossover with Secret Six. I hadn’t read the previous parts in years and it was basically incomprehensible for this reason. DC needs to be consistent on doing short recaps in every issue. Why can’t they do that and then just cut them from the eventual trade paperback. The only part of this I understood was that Veronica Cale plans on booting the Doom Patrol from Oolong Island.
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Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matthew Clark and Ron Randall

The Doom Patrol have been kicked off Oolong Island and are looking for some place to lay-low. In a hilarious scene Robotman goes to the Hall of Justice and quickly offends the crap out of Congorilla. Elasti-Woman heads to Titans Tower and gets told by Beast Boy the Doom Patrol are not considered a probable terrorist group. Negative Man goes to Gotham City and gets told by Dick Grayson the same thing and Negative Man makes a good point that bad things follow Batman around too. In the end, they are convinced they have to take back Oolong Island from the M.S.E. It was a good issue but the art bothered me…a lot.

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Doom Patrol (Volume 5) #21
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matthew Clark and Ron Randall

This issue serves mostly to recap the history of the Doom Patrol and they don’t do a great job of not making it confusing. I don’t know, it just didn’t jive for me and I usually like these kind of issues.

 

 

 

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Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Ron Randall

This is the final issue of this series before the New 52 awful crap reboot of the DCU. It actually ends up on a cliffhanger where it seems Niles Caulder has gotten away. Otherwise the art and the writing in this book never made it easy to understand or enjoy. I am not too sad to see it go.

 

 

 

 

Secret Six Versus Doom Patrol

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Secret Six (Volume 3) #30
Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Caliafore

This is the first part of a crossover with Doom Patrol that has some great moments including Bane on a date and King Shark biting off a piece of Elasti-Woman. Gail Simone creates a great new villain in the form of a dead beat young man who spends his days playing video games until one day he finds out  that he has inherited a criminal empire from his grandfather. Once again Simone hits it out of the park with this issue but I mean how many crossovers can this book have?

Just Bring On The Eclipso

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Justice League of America #53
Written by James Robinson
Art by Mark Bagley

 

I was disappointed with the conclusion to this arc. I mean it was better then anything pre-Robinson but man was it not that great of an ending and Bagley…he must have known he was leaving when he drew this cause this was a weak issue on his part. That last splash page could have used some serious editing. Elasti-Woman is wearing the wrong costume and Damage is there – Damage is dead! Come on DC! I am looking forward to next month’s Rise of Eclipso story though!

North Korea Chainsaw Massacre

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Doom Patrol (Volume 5) #18
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matthew Clark

 

There is something very “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” about the Aristocrats aka the Boswicks in that they are like a rich immortal british version of the twisted family from that film series and they also have a house of horrors to go along with it. Luckily, the Doom Patrol manages to escape that house and get the hell out of Dodge er well North Korea. It was a good issue, not as great as last but still I am loving this book more and more with each issue.

Introducing The Aristocrats

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Doom Patrol (Volume 5) #17
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Matthew Clark and Ron Randall

 

Giffen has created some of the creepiest yet fascinating villains in this issue called the Aristocrats. Immortal Aristocrats who murder people – not sure if that is what keeps them alive or not or why they have captured Veronic Cale but they are some awesome villains for the Doom Patrol and this was one of if not the best issue of this series yet. Cale being the new Chief is also a great idea and definitely creates an exciting new dynamic for the Doom Patrol. I also like that Giffen is finally utilizing Bumblebee more.