Thursday, June 25, 2009
Again With the Doom Patrol
I’m a total mark for the Doom Patrol, as well as being a Metal Men fan and a Keith Giffen fan, so the upcoming Doom Patrol comic, with its Metal Men co-feature, why its like they made a comic just for me. Scattered childhood Doom Patrol sightings via reprints sustained my interest in the squabbling band of freaks, and Grant Morrison’s work with Richard Case on the book in the early 1990’s is still counted among my all-time favorite comics runs. It got a bit too crazy for me after the book switched to Vertigo, and two subsequent series had their charms, but never quite caught on with a large enough audience to last for long. So DC is going back for yet another try with the original group, while maintaining that everything “happened", somehow:
But things don't look to good for the Byrne era holdovers, frankly. I don’t expect the new stories to be as weird as the old, but I hope that Giffen maintains the sick and wrong relationship between the Chief and his merry band of misfits, given the dysfunctional dynamic that was established previously. I also hope we eventually see some of the other, odder members show up. Dare I suggest a Crazy Jane cameo at least? And hey, if anybody else could write Mister Nobody...! I'm not familiar with Matthew Clark, but his art for this looks quite nice.
Co-featuring the Metal Men with art by Kevin Maguire is a stroke of genius, too, given the oddball nature of the two teams. Maguire can’t keep up with a monthly book, but a backup feature should be more his speed. I notice that they kinda quietly switched back to the softer, human faces for the robots. Good. Between the two, I'm all over this.