While at Comic Con, Grant Morrison dropped several enigmatic hints and subliminal messages to ComicsAlliance about his next mega-event, Multiversity, broke down the divisions between fictional universes, and even proclaimed that he thinks that he's made the world's first real superhero. He says things like that. Some people like him, many love him, and some people straight up hate him. With Multiversity starting up in August, you can be sure that there will soon be legions of detractors proclaiming that Morrison is the most overrated writer in comics, and nothing he's ever done has ever made any sense.
The release of DC's Doom Patrol Omnibus finally equips us to give these people the bludgeoning they deserve. (Metaphorical bludgeoning. ComicsAlliance does not condone actual bludgeoning.)
While the 50th anniversary of the X-Men has received significant attention, another 50th anniversary for a similar team has gone largely unnoticed. Created in 1963 by Arnold Drake, Bruno Premiani, Murray Boltinoff and Bob Haney (though Haney's role is disputed), the Doom Patrol were the oddball, outcast hero team for DC Comics, in some ways the equivalent of Marvel's X-Men -- though the Doom Patrol actually debuted first. And while Marvel's premiere mutants have become a pop culture phenomenon, and have about 37 different monthly series right now, the Doom Patrol have never quite experienced the same success. There have been memorable runs on the title, most notably by writers Grant Morrison and Rachel Pollack, but for the most part the team is largely left unused, and spent their 50th birthday without so much as their own monthly title.
But it wasn't for lack of effort from Travel Foreman and Jeff Lemire. The two creators, whose work on Animal Man ranks among the most praised collaborations of DC's New 52 initiative, pitched a Doom Patrol series shortly after Foreman's run on Animal Man concluded. Alas, it was rejected, but Foreman has revealed art from the pitch, a series he is very much still interested in doing but says isn't likely to happen.
For a team that lives in its own corner of the DC universe filled with bawdy sex and whimsical murder sprees, the Secret Six have been wrapped up in a lot of crossovers lately. Coming off of a two-issue arc that it shared with
This week's launch of "Doom Patrol" by Keith Giffen and Matthew Clark marks the return of comics' strangest team in comics, and whether it's the original "fab freaks" of the '60s, Grant Morrison's surreal team of the '80s, or the (mostly forgettable) more recent revivals, there's one thread that unites them all: They are bizarre.
So to get ready for the new series, ComicsAlliance and Chris Sims are taking a look back at the Doom P
Ever wonder what Superman would have to say about health care? Now we know thanks to olde-timey comics that address formerly -- and sometimes currently! -- socially relevant topics. If only Superman could fly down from the sky and fact-check every politician who tries to warp the debate over health care by c
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