issue, the Scooby gang meets a team of super-heroes with varying powers, led by
a scientist in a wheelchair. One might think it’s derivative of the X-Men, but
the Doom Patrol actually pre-dates, if only by a few months. Still, they are
perhaps DC’s strangest heroes, and this issue supports that. Among its members
are a living street and a bodybuilder with hypnotic muscles.
am uncertain how much was created by writer Sholly Fisch for this single outing,
and trippy though it may be, I like it. It harkens back to the Silver Age when
comic books knew no creative boundaries. Common sense and narrative logic were
completely disregarded in favor of telling a story.
I’m not enamored of this issue’s artwork, as the contour lines on the Scoobies
vary from panel to panel. One time it’s heavy and thick, another it’s lighter
and thin. I suspect this is due to a library of stock illustrations being
dropped in, and enlarged to fit. Make the figure larger, the lines that create
the image get thicker. I don’t mind the cheat so much as the excessive use of
it with no regard for consistency. Perhaps the solution would be to have three
images – small, medium, large – available to avoid such a giveaway.
of the things I enjoy about the title is how self-aware it is. When Mystery Inc
and the Doom Patrol are confronted by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants,
it’s not lost on them that they face Monsieur Mallah, whom they defeated last
issue. Kudos for that kind attention to continuity, while not taking it so