Giffen, Clark (& co) serve up another excellent issue, bringing the first year of Doom Patrol to a close. And I can't hide my disappointment.
This particular issue touched on several different aspects of the DC Universe, from the mention of an old-school Doom Patrol villain to the more recent Maxwell Lord/Wonder Woman murder. Such random elements were incorporated fluidly into the story, whilst the main storyline progressed without a hitch. The Doom Patrol didn't exactly 'save the day' - far from it, really - and several key issues were kept on the backburner for the coming months. All in all, it was an interesting and engaging read, with detailed artwork to enhance the experience.
And yet......disappointing. Taking in all the above factors, I can't believe DC isn't hyping this comic every single WEEK. It does it's best to be reader-friendly (not a bad effort for a comic nearly 50 years old!), it has consistently interesting writing and excellent artwork, it contains more character development than most comics out there, and it's JUST. PLAIN. GOOD.
Doom Patrol is what all comics should aspire to be.
That said, can I just say I love the development in both Larry's and Rita's new powers. I really hope to see Rita's powers expanded upon in the next issue, spotlighting Elasti-Woman. And that last scene of the issue showed how much of a family the Doom Patrol really are. That moment was the highlight of this first year. Here's to the next year!