Once again Gerard Way and Nick Derington deliver an issue of Doom Patrol that serves up everything one didn’t even know that they wanted.
Sure it’s only four issues in, but I am feeling increasingly confident that this Doom Patrol incarnation will prove to be one of the best.
This issue is a hodge podge of plot lines, developments, teases, allusions, and pages to colour. Seriously, what more could one want?
Two major plot threads get developed in this issue, one dealing with Negative Man, and the other with Casey Brinke.
The Negative Man one deals with Larry Trainor and Robotman in a Negative Space, learning more about the energy beings that inhabit that realm, and Larry’s body. The fact that this is the more normal and traditional storyline helps indicate why this book is so much fun.
Casey’s storyline continues from the previous issue, as the woman who thought she was a person finds out more of what she truly is. The fact that she discovers powers she never knew she had helps ameliorate the shock of discovering that she has been brought to life by Danny the Street. And you gotta love the fact that she comes with her own training manual cassette.
And more about Danny gets revealed as well, filling in some of his transformation from brick to ambulance. Crazy Jane makes an appearance in a flashback, and while it’s always great to see that character back, it’s not such a happy look into the past. Who is the mysterious D?
The colouring book pages that finish off the issue are the crowning touch, but by far my favourite part of the book is in the first few pages. We catch up with Casey’s ambulance driver friend, and meet his would-be sorcerer son. The boy’s room is covered in posters, which are a pure delight to examine. Legion of OMAC, Zeta Beam, Dial H for Horror, and my favourite, Kryptonomikon.
Weird and wonderful. Fun and frantic. Everything one wants (or ought to want) from Doom Patrol.