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Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Crawling from the Wreckage (Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol #1)

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The first collection of Grant Morrison's DOOM PATROL run includes issues #19 — 25 of the series.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by Vertigo (first published August 1989)
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Dan Schwent
Since I've reviewed Showcase

Presents Doom Patrol Volume 1
and Umbrella Academy Volume 1 recently, I thought I'd give the series that fills the gap (of sorts) between them a try, Grant Morrison's renowned Doom Patrol run.

The book starts with Robotman in a mental institution after the Patrol's recent hardships. Robotman meets Crazy Jane, a woman with 64 personalities, each with a different super power. Meanwhile, Negative Man undergoes a bizarre transformation when the Negative Spirit merges with
Sam Quixote
A depressed human brain in a robot’s body; a woman with 64 different personalities, each with their own superpower; a hermaphrodite spirit; an ape-faced girl with powerful imaginary friends; a guy who shoots energy beams from his arms but prefers to be an office admin rather than a superhero; and a guy in a wheelchair who likes chocolate bars - welcome to the Doom Patrol!

Grant Morrison takes the strangest and least likely superheroes and throws them together as an awkward team who have to save
Grant Morrison at his most Morrison-est. There are parallel dimensions and weird superhero characters, most of them fairly one dimensional. It was okay, I guess, just not really my sort of story.
This is the strangest book I've ever read so far. It's full of parallel universes, paradoxes, scissor men and people with very very very strange powers. For example crazy Jane is part of the doom patrol and has over 68 known personalities inside her, each one with his or her own super power.

Saying that and it being written by Morrison, it still works really well, because even though it's completely cuckoo, it's got some great characters and they get thrown into some dire situations.

Doom Patrol was one of the books that Grant Morrison made his name on, and it is so very Morrison. Big, ambitious, strange ideas, flawed and likable heroes, execution that's best described as variable, and compulsively readable. Yes, it's Morrison. But since this is still just the beginning, I know that it gets even stranger. I can't wait.
My roleplaying group has just started a superhero campaign and the GM handed out some graphic novels to get people in the mood. I borrowed this very odd volume. I've read other Grant Morrison so came to this with a degree of wariness (The Invisibles is a little too odd for my tastes) but ended up really enjoying it. The book starts with the Chief, Prof Niles Caulder, putting the Doom Patrol back together after previous events that I don't know about. The Doom Patrol's defining feature is that it ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The ultimate comic book outsider squad in a dazzlingly inventive reboot. From the Borgesian concept of a parallel world created by a committee of Utopian philosophers to a nasty walk-in by the real Jack the Ripper, our re-assembled team of misfits and freaks takes on challenges that are fully as weird as them in a world very far away from the capers of the caped kind. I'm impressed by the sheer erudition shown in Morrison's concepts, and glad that he turns them to genuinely subversive and scary ...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
When you have grown up on the original series-this is a total suck fest!
A perfect blend of silver age comics and Grant Morrison weirdness. As close as any version ever came to the wonderful, strange magic that the original comics had.

The Doom Patrol had become 'X-men lite' and Grant stripped it down to its essentials. He brought back the original line up, replacing Rita Farr with the unique Crazy Jane.

Redjac was a great addition to the Patrol's rogues gallery. The two parter with him is one of my favorite stories in Grant's run.
Very interesting in that it's completely not a mainstream comic superhero. Definitely offbeat, but still enojyable, characters that have potential to grow on me. A cool start, I look forward to reading the next volume and seeing what I think then.
Peter Derk
If we could extract the weird, acid-trip stuff from Grant Morrison and just hang on to the great ideas and character exploration, I would be the happiest boy at the comics shop.
So, this was my first time reading any sort of Doom Patrol, but more importantly the first volume of GRANT MORRISON'S Doom Patrol.

Like in Animal Man, Morrison returns to the ineffectual superhero theme here in Doom Patrol. These heroes are scarred, dysfunctional, and one might even say a couple are handicapped. Among them are a fellow whose brain has been saved from a racing accident and thrown into a glorified tin can, a girl with 64 personalities, and a hermaphroditic entity with its whole bod
Chumbert Squurls
This should have been great. I read the Grant Morrison's fascinating(if convoluted) Doom Patrol series in reverse order leaving me with the worst for last. What should have been an explosive introduction to the oddball cast of Doom Patrol was actually a crude attempt at shaping a style in the vast world of DC. Let's remember that this was really early in Morrison's career and he was obviously still learning the ropes.
I was never really impressed with the Doom Patrol characters. Morrison uses t
While I'm rating Doom Patrol the same number of stars as I rated Animal Man, I'm not sure I liked it quite as much. Perhaps that's because all three volumes of Animal Man build toward a bigger story (admittedly with some big digressions), and I don't quite see that happening yet with Doom Patrol, or maybe it's the awkward poses of the characters (the art is mostly fine, but people stand weirdly and do odd things with their arms at times). At any rate, I'm beginning to get a handle on what this M ...more
A really imaginative, fun read. Our heroes are damaged outcasts - and not the x-men kind of outcasts who mostly angst and look great in spandex. The Doom Patrol have real (strange) problems to go with their abilities. Robot Man is a brain trapped in a metal body, unable to feel anything. Crazy Jane is a woman with 64 personalities, each with a different power. Rebis is a synthesis of a white man, and black woman, and an alien parasite. And then there is a sweet girl with a monkey's face who can ...more
I love reading Morrison's run on Doom Patrol over and over. He incorporates cut-up writing, dadaism, and the occult into these stories while still keeping them readable and filling them with characters of heart. While Moore's Watchmen were morally gray and fallible figures in search of power and control. Morrison's Doom Patrol is filled with folks that are essentially decent but in search of a serious 12-step program. A Cartesian mess (a brain literally trapped inside a body), a woman with 65 pe ...more
The most original and thoughtful take on a superhero team I've ever read. Morrison doesn't just make another X-Men or JLA clone here. He completely shuns the usual "guy who shoots lasers from some part of his body" angle and works solely with the certifiably insane. Each team member's powers come from some aspect of their fractured personalities, creating battles and scenarios as unpredictable as they are fun. You can't help but feel a little crazy yourself as you read these stories. They're int ...more
Talk about nightmare fuel! This book terrified me and kept me glued to my seat all the way through. The crazy tales, visceral and nauseating images actually made me feel dizzy and sick at times, but like any roller coaster or freak show, what a ride! This isn't your standard superhero fare and maybe I wasn't prepared enough, but that doesn't mean I wasn't pleased. I enjoyed the first two story arcs in this volume but felt physically repulsed by "Imaginary Friends". Again, that's not necessarily ...more
One Flew
Very enjoyable madness from Grant Morrison. My only problem with the series is the same as a lot of Grant's other works, with all the unending action and end of the world dramas, it begins to feel like a existential superhero soap opera.

Of course, Grant's works are always more subtle and complex than that. Doom Patrol makes for good reading, but i wouldn't consider in the league of some of Morrison's more exceptional projects.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
This book is truly what the title suggests: the very concept of the Doom Patrol coming back from, not only a story where most of the characters where killed or maimed, but from an incarnation that was a little too clean and comfortable.
Tom Peyer's introduction sets the stage by giving the reader some background on what the Doom Patrol used to be, should be, and what Grant Morrison is doing with it.
The story is so weird and so compelling that it is easy to forget that one is reading what amounts
May 11, 2007 Becca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: misfits
more subversive than the x-men.
Reprints Doom Patrol (2) #19-25 (February 1989-August 1989). The invasion of Earth has failed, but Doom Patrol has been shattered and destroyed. With plans for a new Doom Patrol, Chief calls upon the surviving members. When a storybook world called Orqwith begins to invade Earth, only Doom Patrol can fight it and its Scissormen. Doom Patrol also faces the threat of Red Jack and the new member of Dorothy Spinner faces the demons of her past as Doom Patrol continues to take on the darkness that ot ...more
The Morrison/Case run on the Doom Patrol is many things. It is an attempt to create heroes and problems as strange to the comic readers of the end of the 80s/early 90s as the original Doom Patrol was to the readers of the Silver Age comics in the 1960s. But a gorilla and a disembodied brain are not strange to this audience. So instead this new Doom Patrol for it's first "case" battles Orqwith, a fiction that has become monstrously real and is devouring the "real" world of the comic. For an encor ...more
Sep 28, 2008 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comicbook guys, People obsessed with Jack the Ripper, Schitzo girls, etc.
Recommended to Mark by: Scott West / Jonas Prida
I'm not really much of a comic book reader, but when the prose introduction mentioned a Lovecraftian menace from beyond space and time threatening all existence I was intrigued (as this is a constant concern of mine.) The two or three story lines were indeed interesting. Far more than just superheroes and supervillans punching each other, they invovled abstract and interesting threats to civilization. They did get ridiculous though at times, and I believe this may be the point. And Robotman? Com ...more
Aug 19, 2008 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics, 2008
My only prior experience to the Doom Patrol on a regular basis was John Byrne's take on them several year ago, a series it seems no one else wanted to read. Seeing what Grant Morrison is starting here helps me understand why everyone despised the staid Byrne version. As far as Morrison comics go, there have been weirder, for sure, but not many. This one starts out straight forward enough - assembling a new DP in the wake of the old team's demise just 18 issues into the series. Except this is Mor ...more
james, the salesman at the comic book store says, "oh. you like david lynch, eh? come over here then. i don't like david lynch and i don't like doom patrol, but the other guy that works here loves them both."

i buy doom patrol.

and all in all, this was a good idea. it's clever, wonderfully (!) drawn, and pretty whacky. the characters are psychotic but hugely endearing. and the lynch connection turns out to be fairly apt: whereas moore's watchmen gave "the human story" behind the superhero/maske
Kevin Mann
Never one to do anything in order, I actually read Morrison DP Vol. 2 before this, Vol. 1, as i wanted to read the legendary "Painting That Ate Paris" as an entry/starting point to help me decide just how far i wanted to plunge into Morrison's Doom Patrol run.... Vol 2 entertained me enough that i then became highly curious as to whether the Morrison run began totally whacked-out, borderline incoherant da-da surrealistic or began more conventionally & eased into the obscureness.....the answe ...more
Some of the weird ideas were fun, but I'm all about characters. There's a lot of potential but there wasn't very much actual character development. As a disabled person myself, of course I found myself rooting for these wildly disabled and deeply injured people. But there wasn't enough there for me to actually relate to them very well. I don't understand enough about comic writing to know why Alan Moore could write characters that I fell in love with in Top Ten in a couple of frames and these pe ...more
Grant's "Doom Patrol" run is one of those comic books that shape imagination and create an entire new dimension in characters that we know (or do we really know them?); this first volume brings together the Doom Patrol team to face terrors that sprout where least expected and bend reality into something totally different. An excellent read for Morrison fans and comic book fans.
Apr 09, 2015 Jemir rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jemir by: 29
Doom Patrol has always been an 'out there" type of super hero concept with the original run being like a twilight zone episode featuring B-movie monster arch types as the heroes. Grant Morrison takes that concept and amps it up through a psychedelic lens. When the newest member is a sweet natured teen with imaginary friends that can come to the real world to enforce her will or defy it, a protagonist with multiple personlaities with their own seperate lives and powers with the climax setting up ...more
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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