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.




8 comments:

Mego Thor said...

Cool! I was at the Charlotte Heroes Con last weekend and didn't hear a peep about this. I've been a Keith Giffen fan forever, so I hope this doesn't turn out to be a DC release-and-forget title. I at first didn't realize the other girl in the last picture was Elasti-Girl, and was afraid it was an "all-new, all-female Doc Magnus!"

Brian Hughes said...

Well, I'm pretty sure DC IS just just gonna release-and-forget this, actually. That's pretty much their standard SOP, innit? Apparently, Giffen has been actively campaigning to get the DP for some time now, and the last time he did that, he got "Justice League".

Anonymous said...

"Giffen has been actively campaigning to get the DP for some time now" has got to be one of the unintentionally funniest lines I've read on a comic book blog in a while.

googum said...

Yeah...I was just finishing some Doom Patrol scans, and had to make sure I didn't abbreviate anything. I liked the Arcudi/Huat series, but I don't think it was an easy read. The Byrne stuff I have from the quarter bins.

Kandou Erik said...

I saw the first few pages of preview for Doom Patrol. I think I might pick it up. Mathew Clark's art seems very complimentry. And I'm actually really enjoying this half-comic deal. (Blue Beetle is very cool! I can only hope the same goes for the Metal Men.)

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Siskoid said...

I dunno. The preview didn't do much for me. And I *am* a DP fan.

It's a beef I have with these previews. The first few pages of a comic don't always sell it.

Doug said...

I posted a little look at the history of the DP over at my blog a few days ago...

http://dougsploitation.blogspot.com/2009/08/return-of-doom-patrol.html

diana green said...

After reading the new issue 1, I'll stick with it for a bit. More bleak than weird, and I like DP for weird. Still, you'd have a long way to go to top the Rachel Pollack run for out and out weird!