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First Impression: DOOM PATROL #1

by Glenn Snow | July 14th, 2016

Doom Patrol #1 Comic CoverIf you hadn’t noticed, DC took a weird spin on the line of Hanna-Barbera cartoon properties that they recently introduced. Now, DC is introducing a line of books tagged DC’s Young Animal (DCYA), and it’s equally difficult to describe. There’s not a whole lot of information, but it appears they’re extracting some of the oddballs from the DC Universe and “zapping them with invigorating life.” These comics are a “place for wild ideas” and “an alternative to what is largely happening in mainstream comics and the media.” First up is DOOM PATROL #1. Here’s the full description of this comic book. Tell us you think?

The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, ‘Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.’ Generation-arsonists unite-this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor. A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman. ‘It gets weirder from here,’ writer Gerard Way had to say about the book, with artist Nick Derington gripping tightly on the wheel of the ambulance. The pair’s only communication? Shouting out of the open windows while at high velocity. Who needs a new roommate? Who names a cat ‘Lotion’? And when do we get to see all those muscles? Find your answers inside the pages of this comic book, as we set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane. The debut title of DC’s Young Animal line kicks off with a removable sticker on its cover: Pull back the gyro to reveal its secrets, but be warned-there is no turning back.