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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
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Sesana
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.
Raj
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!
Travis
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.
Lloyd
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
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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
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Hillary
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
Richard
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
Jason
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
Gavin
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.
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
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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.
Becca
May 11, 2007 Becca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: misfits
more subversive than the x-men.
Fizzgig76
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
Patrick
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
Mark
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
Dan
Aug 19, 2008 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008, comics
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
daniel
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
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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
Cathy
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
Stamatia
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.
Jemir
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
Francisco Becerra
This is comic book art at its best. Silver age superheroics meets drama, Borges, Lewis Carrol, Alchemy, philosophy and logic in this outstanding run for the original misfit weird group of super heroes (the X-men seem... Just a copy, look for the similitudes). Highly recommended, specially for those who nowadays think that Marvel have it all... ;)
Giaco
This is the pinnacle of of the medium for me. This is the real deal. This is an artist doing everything and anything he wants and the result is not only palatable, it's downright amazing.

I love Morrison's run on Doom Patrol, but more than anything I love THIS collection of comics.

If you've ever read superman but wondered why the dude didn't keep trying to kill himself... this comic is for you.

If you've ever read batman but wondered why the dude didn't go out at night and have weird costume sex..
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Derek Lubangakene
This volume is weird, genius weird. the only thing we can expect of Grant Morrison really, I haven't read the Krupperberg stuff, but I can glimpse the radical nightmarish shift Grant has taken with this volume, I mean, who else but Grant could've thought up The Scissormen, Orqwith, The Ossuary, Red Jack, Memetic Theory, the Black Book, etc., etc. Totally stoked for the subsequent volumes, and I like how Grant has decided to keep the cast small, with 50 or so yet to be explored personalities of C ...more
Axolotl
It was ok--that pretty-well sums it up so a true two stars, which actually isn't so bad as it is a quick read and the experience is well summed up by the title of one of my favorite Talking Heads songs: "crosseyed and painless".

It did serve the purpose of whetting my appetite to read more by Morrison, to see what the fuss is all about, I do hope that's not it. As another reviewer noted "the artwork is not 'all that'", indeed.
On a more positive note, it doesn't feel dated at all, but--then agai
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Jdetrick
This is a wonderful balance between Grant Morrison's odder comics and his more mainstream superhero work. The characters are interesting, the threats are weird, but not imcomprehensible.
The Miracle Man
The story starts out a little weird. I remember some of the story but not all of it. I am a big fan of Grant Morrison's. From where he gets his ideas I will never know.
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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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