Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Q: Brian, how and when did you first become a fan of Doom Patrol?
A: The same way I suspect most people my age did – during their initial appearance in the 80’s version of The New Teen Titans. I was instantly captivated by them, and perhaps even more so by their villains—especially The Brain and Monsieur Mallah (I’m a sucker for talking monkeys).
After that, I haunted the back issue bins and tracked down every issue of The Doom Patrol that I could find. It’s remained one of my consistent favorites, no matter which incarnation or series (with the exception of the John Byrne run, which I didn’t much care for).
Q: What led to the very enviable gig of getting to actually write an issue with Keith Giffen?
A: Mutual admiration. I’ve been a fan of Keith’s work for years, and he’s a fan of my novels. We talk quite often. During one conversation, I mentioned that I wanted to do more comics and less novels. At the time, I’d done some work for Marvel, Antarctic Press and a few other indies. Keith convinced DC to let me pitch something, and I came in with two ideas for Doom Patrol. One of them involved a sentient oil slick that’s devouring the Gulf of Mexico. The other idea was the one that ultimately appears in issue #16.
Q: How did you find working with Keith (or indeed, co-writing in general)?
A: Truthfully, I was a little nervous. Haven’t felt that way about a project in years, but I wanted to nail this one, you know? But Keith was great. He offered advice, ideas and criticism in equal measure, all of it fair and accurate. Let’s be honest—yes, the book is the Doom Patrol, but it’s also Keith’s Doom Patrol. It has his indelible stamp on every issue. He wasn’t afraid to let me play in the world and plotlines he’s created, but he also wasn’t afraid to tell me when I was getting carried away. The man is a pro, in every sense of the word. I wish there were more like him.
Q: Given Keith's art chores for the issue, is the writing split evenly between both of you, or is there a different process in place? How does it work?
I came up with the original plot. Keith and I re-worked it so that it fit into his current continuity (at the time, issue #8 had just hit the stands, so I had no idea about the return of Jost, Mr. Nobody, Rita’s secret origin, or anything else that’s happened recently). Then we did it “Marvel-style”—meaning he drew the pages, Al Milgrom inked them, and then I wrote the dialogue and everything else. First time I’ve worked Marvel-style. It’s harder than it sounds. Before this, I’d always written full scripts.
Q: Brian, you've also written for Marvel Comics and several independant companies in the recent past (Complete list HERE). What have been your most rewarding comic-writing experiences so far, and why?
A: Doom Patrol was a huge personal watermark for me, simply because of the chance to work with Keith and Al, both of whom have kept me entertained for years. The Superman story I wrote for this year’s DCU Halloween Special was fun, because it was an opportunity to contribute to the overall mythos of one of the world’s most enduring characters. And re-vamping Devil Slayer for Marvel was a real treat. I was a big fan of the original character, especially during his appearances in The Defenders.
Q: Are there any plans for you to write any more for the major comic companies?
A: Oh, yes. I’ve got several things in the pipeline. Sadly, I can’t talk about any of them yet. I’ve got more indie titles coming, as well, including a continuation of my Antarctic Press series The Last Zombie.
Part 2 will be up on the weekend, where Brian discusses his plans for Doom Patrol #16, Ted Bruder, "Mountie Ambush Bug" and his feelings about the Arcudi and John Byrne runs!
In the meantime, check out Brian's website at BrianKeene.com
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
"And next month, Doom Patrol #16 hits the stands. It was plotted by myself and Keith Giffen, written by me, drawn by Keith, and inked by Al Milgrom. It is a stand-alone issue, meaning you can read it without ever having read an issue of Doom Patrol. However, for those of you who do read Doom Patrol, this issue also ties-in closely with the on-going story arc (and introduces a few things that will impact the series in forthcoming issues). It also has cannibalism, face-ripping, angst, and Ambush Bug. How can you go wrong?"
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
DOOM PATROL #18
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by MATTHEW CLARK and RON RANDALL
Cover by MATTHEW CLARK
The Doom Patrol just met The Aristocrats, and how better to follow a punchline than with some actual punching? The world's strangest Super Heroes face off with the world's most horrific family - and they've never had a fight like this before!
Giffen has also mentioned online that these villains (The Aristocrats) are some of his favourites! It's great to see the comic will be continuing past #18 (which, based on 6-issue arcs can sometimes be a wind-up point). Hopefully it'll be guaranteed to #24, and preferably, much further!
Friday, October 15, 2010
And don't forget to vote in the #15 poll, to the right - only a few days to go!
One final treat, if you haven't checked it out yet - Matthew Clark, our resident Doom Patrol artist, has set up his own website! Check it out: Matthew Clark Artist!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Page 3: "Here I come to save the day" and "Up up and away"
Page 5:"The will and the way"
Page 8: "Kneel before Caulder" and "Such fragile creatures"
Page 10: "It tickles"
Page 12: "The alpha and the omega"
Page 13: "Abominations" and "If an eye offend thee pluck it out"
Page 15: "The prodigal son"
Page 16: "Man of steel"
Page 17: "Home is where the heart is"
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I particularly loved the inclusion of many Doom Patrol comic covers from the original run, as mini-adventures (2-3 seconds each!) - a wonderful touch. Also, it was a delight to see "posters" at the circus featuring none other than Beast Boy, Dorothy Spinner, Lodestone (Rhea), and Shasta the Living Mountain (from Doom Force)! The writers and animators clearly made a genuine effort here!
Story-wise, it was entertaining, and focused suitably on the Doom Patrol. Without spoiling too much, the ending was apt, and yet touching. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Hey guys - I have fantastic news!
The Doom Patrol will star in "The Last Patrol", this week's episode of The Brave and the Bold:
"The outsider-heroes The Doom Patrol are pulled out of a hasty retirement when supervillains begin trying to assassinate them -- or perhaps re-unite them?"
Check out the full link (with videoclips and pictures!) at:
Thursday, October 7, 2010
In the course of the Doom Patrol's long and varied history, there have been many monumental issues, including: their first appearance, their 'death' in the original run, Grant Morrison's first issue, the revelation that the Chief was behind the original accidents, and more.
This issue will most likely fit into that elite category, as a major turning point in the lives of the Doom Patrol.
The Chief, partly influenced by his additional Kryptonian DNA, has lost the plot. He is stock-piling weapons, and is prepared to (justly) rule the world. Thanks to a....... unique teleportation move involving Ambush Bug, the Doom Patrol face their mentor like never before. A sense of finality accompanies this issue (as with the previous): we learn that Cliff is on the last of his 'bodies' (as is Larry), and that Rita, despite being sentient goo, could still be incinerated quite easily. The safety protocols that the Chief maintained are no longer in place, and the mortality of the Doom Patrol is more present than ever.
As for the Chief, his status at the end of the issue allows the Doom Patrol to head into new territory, without his guidance, and without his influence. How successful that venture will be.......only time will tell. But it's nevertheless a changing point in the history of this team. Who will lead? Who will join? Who will die?
Only Giffen, Clark et al know. And despite the absence of the Chief, the Doom Patrol has never been in safer hands.
4.5 / 5