DOOM PATROL #1
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington, Tamra Bonvillain, and Todd Klein
Published by DC Comics
Doom Patrol #1 is the first chapter of the tale “Brick by Brick.” Part one (“Happy Birthday, Casey Brinke”) opens with a fstrange our panel spread.
The four images feature a racecar driver claiming a victory cup; a crashed ambulance and passed out individual on a barren landscape; a bomb falling toward farmland; and a pair of lips apparently kissing a forehead. We don’t really know what any of these images mean, but knowing Gerard Way, he’ll fill in the blanks in time.
We then meet one of our main characters, Casey, driving an ambulance like a race car driver, she’s even wearing driver’s gloves. One of Casey first lines is “My name is Casey Brinke, and I only want to do good things.” The rest of her inner monologue is almost lyrical and always insightful. This girl is filled with optimism, and she quickly becomes a character readers can relate to.
Casey drives the ambulance for her paramedic partner, Sam, who likes to get a bit existential while eating gyros. This was one of my favorite scenes because while Sam talks to Casey, we get to know him and learn more about Casey and their everyday ambulance lives.
The art for this issue is provided by Nick Derington. Although his work is new to me, his style is a perfect fit for this new Doom Patrol. Derington has in incredible eye for detail which gives him the opportunity to draw all sorts of things, like: gyros enlarged enough to show texture; exploding trash cans; piles of discarded bricks; and some type of alien landscape. Every one of his panels is vibrant and stunning.
For now at least, Doom Patrol is Casey Brinke’s book, but there are plenty winks and nods to Doom Patrol past to satisfy long-time Doom Patrol fans: a one page interlude with the Chief; a scene with a guy wearing a nametag from the Oolong Island Hotel and Resort; Cliff appearing and, well, providing a plot twist that I can’t say I was expecting. All of these moments are there to tell the reader that this Doom Patrol series is very different from anything we’ve seen before.
The last time I collected a monthly Doom Patrol series was about 15 years ago when John Arcudi and Tan Eng Huat had their run. And I think the last Doom Patrol comic I read was from the awful John Byrne run from about 12 years ago.
I bought this new Doom Patrol #1 only because I was curious to learn what Gerard Way’s new Young Animal DC Comics imprint was all about. Well, I’ve read the first issue, and while I didn’t know exactly what was going on at times, it was a lot of fun to read. I’ve already added the book to my pull list so I can see what kind of adventure Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Tamra Bonvillain, and Todd Klein have in store for us readers.