This is where it all began; yes ladies and gentleman, this was my first taste of Vertigo, Great Morrison and the idea of reviewing comics. It all came from what you see beforehand. You see when life get difficult I run to Doom Patrol; my private opium den held between reality and fiction, between metaphysical and subliminal, a sort of alter-state were drift in and out, possibly what Grant Morrison intended.
I must have read this at least five times, and something new always bubbles up with me, new emotions didn’t realized before, layer of maturity I didn’t see, and hidden meanings. It’s no coincidence that when first read this story I was deep into the esoteric idea of ideas actually affecting our reality.
This particular volume collects Doom Patrol (19 -25)
Story: The story pick up right after the effect of Invasion, with the old Doom Patrol destroyed and mostly dead. We quickly reintroduce to Cliff Steel AKA Robotman, Larry Trance without his Negative Spirit and the Chief. Meanwhile a wave of weird happenings is transforming the world and slowly weaving the team into their present incarnation; Cliff suffering from emotional trauma from his lack of body, and phantom sensation, Larry fuse with his female doctor, and turn into a hermaphrodite entity known as Rabis and a woman know as Crazy Jane who was caught up in the gene bomb that has been granted powers for each personality she has. But that not all, mysterious forces are at hand, things that our mind can’t comprehend. Killer ideas, maniac with the power of god and much more.
Art: For the years that have passed sense this comic was publish, the Doom Patrol still remains quite solid. Perfectly balance of shades, edges and shadows. Fight are bit fast but that only because the Doom Patrol it fighting monstrously powerful figures that can easily obliterate normal heroes in on stroke.
Dialogue: While some of it can feel a bit extravagant with character making little to no sense in some lines, it add to the intensive of insanity. For example Morrison will give lengthy biography of something which we only encounter within two pages, or some throw away idea, but give the book charm in my opinion.
Continues in: Doom Patrol Vol 2: The Painting That Ate Paris
Conclusion: Morrison quickly retails the team and retools the entire group toward, his own personal universe. A universe were metafictional characters take upon themselves to fight the cults of words, beings that claim to be God and much darker and hunters of the weird.
I would go onto say that the starting arc of the Scissorman is excellent, I mean it pack with emotion, brutality and strangeness, all the things you came for. The Red Jack, sub story is alright but don’t do much for the plot, the little part with Dorothy act to foreshadow events to come (and yes I know everything gone to happen, I read this book like five times) and while you can consider the Dorothy bit is not exactly necessary it does mention the souvenir room which contains the Materioptikon, if you remember that was Doctor Destiny called his dream making machine. Huh? I wonder if Morrison did as subtle link between Sandman and Doom Patrol.
This however doesn’t mean the book is masterpiece, as matter of fact many will find Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, unreadable, disgusting not to say disturbing. But those thing are the reason why I was attracted to the book. And if you like any of this aspect pick it up, but for most people they will passed on this book.