After last issue, I was sure the next would have to be a letdown - even a minor one. Mind you, I've been thinking that every issue since the first few, and I haven't been disappointed yet. Although I knew, this had to be the issue that would break the streak. I mean, what could compare with Rita's spotlight and that powerful cliffhanger??
Howabout the death of a Doom Patrol original?
Now, you'd have to read the issue to find out if there's any resolution to the above, but I certainly never expected that to happen. No pre-publicity, only minor foreshadowing, and then BAM - gone. Next issue's follow-up will be very interesting, to say the least.
As for the Chief.......wow........ his nasty streak is unleashed in this issue, and dare I say: the Doom Patrol will never be the same again! This is the Chief we have always known. This is the Chief that Grant Morrison showed us in his true light. This is the Chief we may have forgotten about ever since that run. And we really find out his true feelings towards the Doom Patrol.
I know that, to a lot of people, a Doom Patrol without the Chief just wouldn't be the same, but after this issue, I'm hoping they'll just be around to survive without him. And in relation to members, it seems that Bumblebee is still involved with the team, but is yet to make a fully-fledged, in-uniform appearance with the originals. I'm curious to see if it will happen soon.
Well, if there was any letdown at all this issue, the artwork was sometimes a little scratchier and less detailed than usual. One page near the end of the book had practically blank faces on some of the characters. But this is a minor gripe, especially in the world of comic book deadlines.
Thankyou to all involved for maintaining this comic at such a high level of quality.