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This review is from: Doom Patrol TP Vol 01 Crawling From The Wreckage (Paperback)
While not exactly doom patrol at it's best, this is still streets ahead of most other american comics being written at the time. Following hot on the heels of Alan Moore's trailblazing slant on american comics, this is part of the second wave of the British invasion, along with Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Head-hunted, along with many others, from 2000AD by D.C. comics, Morrison cut his teeth on the wayward but intriguing Animal Man before attempting to resurrect the equally obscure Doom Patrol. This volume collects his first story arc, starting with Doom Patrol #19, and consists of Morrison clearing the decks of all that's gone before prior to his setting out on his own journey. Aside from occasional references to characters killed off in #18 by the previous writer (at Morrison's request) this is a completely new start, introducing Crazy Jane and Dorothy the ape girl. While not as wildly creative as his later Doom Patrol arcs this is still classic Morrison, mellowed by the need to engage his audience without freaking them out or throwing them in at the deep end - it's readership was small enough as it was without alienating the few that were left. As such it's an intriguing start, rather than the rollercoaster ride Doom patrol rapidly became, but still essential reading (on the other hand don't expect too much from the artwork. To say that most American comic art at the time was frankly appalling is something of an understatement).