Thursday, February 4, 2010
DOOM PATROL #7 Review
Another top-notch issue from Giffen, Clark and the DP team!
After a two-part crossover into the darker side of the DC Universe (blending seamlessly with the bigger story), and a one-off covering the history of the Doom Patrol, the creative team hit the ground running with the latest issue! We knew from solicitations, and the previous cover - which wasn't the one released - that Crazy Jane was returning...... but there was no previous mention made of Danny the Street/World, Thayer Jost, the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, or some other little cameos that we were blessed with.
In an industry where surprises have generally lost their nature, those of us who worship this little corner of the DCU were certainly given a few to appreciate. I doubt anyone predicted the business-focused founder of his own Doom Patrol, from the Arcudi run, would show up again in the modern DCU! Even several months ago, I would've assumed Crazy Jane and Danny would've remained in their little pocket of memory, tucked away in a quiet corner of Grant Morrison's library. And how long has it been since we last saw the AVM-Man??
It's also interesting to see several threads of storyline starting to converge. The purple creatures from #1 make an appearance, and it seems that Thayer Jost may not be exactly what he seems, while he puts plans in motion to unite several Doom Patrol foes. Could a new Brotherhood be on the rise?
And after all that, we only get to see the regular crew for a page or two. But the rapport between the characters shines stronger than ever.
Despite a few pages of rather sparse artwork (by a second artist) that contrasted a little with Matthew Clark's detailed work, I have no complaints. Another excellent issue. 4.5/5