DOOM PATROL #1
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Kieth Giffen hit two for two with this one issue.
With our main feature, Giffen recasts the Doom Patrol as a modern Suicide Squad. They’re pulling missions that call for a high amount of danger and potential for loss of life. Luckily, the three senior members of the Doom Patrol don’t seem to mind this one bit. Giffen gives us a Doom Patrol that’s angry, bitter, and not at all happy to be out saving the world.
The art by Clark and Livesay give a nice dynamism to the whole affair. Facial expressions are spot-on and really convey characters emotions. Or lack there of. Also, the slight redesign on Robotman is pretty sweet. And tattoos on Negative Man? Sure, why not.
The second feature of the Metal Men saw the return of the creative team from the JLI years. It’s always nice to see new Kevin Maguire work. There were more character moments between the Metal Men than I can recall from any recent appearances. But, that’s the hallmark of DeMatteis and Giffen’s writing styles. The only downside of this issue: Mercury never did point out that he’s a liquid at room temperature. Maybe next time.
Art: 4 - Very Good