Doom Patrol (Mid Season Review) by Preston Fusci

A1Tt1x-yQdLDoom Patrol, for people who don’t know, is a team of superheroes in DC comics that originated in 1963 from writers Arnold Duke and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani. They have made multiple appearances in comics and other media, such as just recently having their own tv show on the DC Universe streaming service. They have never been DC comics most popular group, but they have always had a special place in the hearts of fans for being the most abstract and creative when it comes to storytelling, even inspiring the likes of Marvel creators when they came up with the X-Men. The team is built up of supernatural beings rejected from society, the usual line up in the comics through the years consists of their leader Niles Caulder, Robotman, Elasti-Girl, and Negative Man. Doom Patrol has always stood out to me from other comics because they deal with issues and evils that are not usually told in mainstream comics, as hinted in their title “World’s Strangest Heroes.” A run in particular I would like to talk about is Grant Morrison’s 1989-1993 series of the superhero team because I believe that it is one of the craziest stories ever told in comics, and arguably the best written comic run this group has ever had.

To start off, this series is WEIRD. But in a purposeful manner, this series uses themes of sexuality, disorder, and marginality to uproot stereotypical “good versus evil” narratives that are typically told in superhero comics. There are villains like “Red Jack” who believes he is both Jack the Ripper and God, as well as the “Brotherhood of Dada” who solely fights to bring an end to reality and reason. Doom Patrol is not for the faint of heart, some of these characters stories (Crazy Jane in particular) get extreme. My first experience with the Doom Patrol was when they appeared in the fifth season of the Teen Titans animated series back in 2003. So picking up this comic series when I was a bit older became a huge surprise to me because of how different it was from the show, but it was a good surprise.

This version of Doom Patrol was hard for me to read at first because I didn’t know that it was a continuation from the Paul Kupperberg’s series, and also because I have never been exposed to a story like this before. However, the story is engaging and fun to read from the beginning to the end, it is clear that Morrison had a lot of fun breaking the norms of superhero tales. I would greatly recommend this series to any comic book fan because Doom Patrol has a certain life to it that I think is missing from other comic book stories. Everyone can learn something from this band of outcasts, and benefit from just separating yourself from reality if even for a moment. Because through these current troubling times, I think it is vital for everyone to remember that it is okay to be different.     

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Preston Fusci | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | UCLA
Preston is currently a fourth year Communications major with a minor in Theater at UCLA. He has a wide variety of interests within the entertainment industry when it comes to movies, television, animation, video games, literature, and theater productions that give him a unique perspective on storytelling. When he isn’t writing, you can find Preston most likely deep in the rehearsal process for a new show he is in and dealing with the stereotypical college kid struggles. Follow his Instagram if you want occasional monthly updates on his rise to power. Instagram: @Preston_Fusci | View My Articles

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