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on 18 December 2000
For those looking for a mature slant on super-hero action, look no further! The Doom Patrol are, without a doubt, the world's most disturbing team of superheroes. It's their duty to take on the evil in the world that is, quite frankly, too bizarre for any other self respecting super-type to touch with a barge pole. Join Robotman (a racing-car driver whose brain has been transplanted into the body of a robot), Rebis (an hermaphrodite wrapped in bandages) and Crazy Jane (a multiple-schizophrenic with a different ability to match each persona) as they take on the likes of The Scissormen and Jack the Ripper himself. This is Grant Morrison at his best. Dark, surreal and always original. Give 'Crawling from the Wreckage' a try and allow your imagination to be taken for a dark ride.
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VINE VOICEon 4 October 2007
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).
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on 15 April 2015
Interesting book, perhaps not as weird as I was led to believe, but paving the way for some exciting things to start happening.
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on 22 March 2006
Loved it. The Doom Patrol are great anyway. Morrison has broke the mould & created something so bizarre its verging on ridiculous... but thats the point of the genre isn't it! You can be THAT crazy & still make it compelling. The Doom Patrol are brilliant... the story fun & zaney... the artwork quite brilliant in places. Bring on more Doom Patrol I say.
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on 31 March 2008
Bear with me - I am an artwork junkie. Hence I have not given this book a terribly good review even though I think the story was quite good and well written. But the artwork is not top notch. Nevertheless interesting to see a story in the 'superhero' genre that is a bit different to the norm.
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on 12 July 2016
The masterpiece of Grant Morrison.
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on 29 May 2016
Terrible art good writing.
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