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Doom Patrol, Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris (Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol #2)

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DOOM PATROL: THE PAINTING THAT ATE PARIS follows the rise of the legendary Brotherhood of Dada--the only team of superfoes ever strange enough to rival the Doom Patrol itself. Join the Doom Patrol as they battle The Brotherhood, along with the menace of the Decreator and Monsieur Mallah and the Brain.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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Dan Schwent
The second volume of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol run is when the weirdness gets dialed up to eleven and then the knob breaks off and rolls under the fridge. First up are Mr. Nobody and the Brotherhood of Dada on their mad quest for the Painting that Ate Paris, a recursive structure that traps people within. After that, Robotman goes on a journey into Crazy Jane's psyche. The Cult of the unread book are next and finally, Robotman gets a new body, only to have the body gain a consciousness of its ...more
Ryan
The superhero comic often positions protagonists as misfits ... think x-men, new mutants, spiderman, batman, etc. If you go through the list of titles, superman is one of the few superheroes that was a "normal", "well-adjusted" everyman. But did we ever buy the misfit idea? I mean, bruce wayne is a billionaire. The x-men all have bad ass powers, they're all attractive, they live in a fucking mansion and jet around saving the world from one unimaginable peril after another. What if the characters ...more
Sesana
It must have been exciting to read Morrison's Doom Patrol when it was first coming out, never knowing from one month to the next if you'd be encountering a woman with every super power you've never thought of, or traveling through the psyche of Crazy Jane, or exploring the relationship between Monsieur Mallah and his beloved Brain. Of course, it's still a fascinating read. It's often absurd, but it holds together surprisingly well. Maybe the shortness of the story arcs helps.
Tony Laplume
Ever since reading his book Supergods a few months back, I kind of went into a tailspin as far as my appreciation of Grant Morrison goes.

It's not so much that the book seems to confirm the weirdest stories I heard about Morrison from his first creative peak (the best always have more than one), but that he breaks his own mystique in a far more profound way, offering his perspective on the history of comics that ends up reading far more ordinary than the extraordinary mind I've come to know from
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Printable Tire
I really like Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol. It's just the right amount of silliness and surreality I enjoy, Zippy the Pinhead as a superhero story. The Doom Patrol themselves aren't the most well-developed characters (I got a little sick of the cliffhanger to a number of issues ending with some character on the brink of death) but this is a comic book not about character building, it's about crazy situations and building one playfully absurd idea on the other. I really like the Brotherhoo ...more
Ben
More odd adventures of the Doom Patrol. Given that the villains range from the Brotherhood of Dada to Robotman's body (which is trying to kill his brain), there's no shortage of weirdness. However, the weirdness doesn't overwhelm either the plot (which always moves along) or the characters (Robotman is still my favorite). The best part is the growing relationship between Robotman and Crazy Jane (or at least one of her many personalities)--it's unclear what the nature of the relationship is or wh ...more
Lloyd
Where Morrison has warmed us up in his first volume of Doom Patrol ("Crawling from the Wreckage") he carries us completely into his world in this one.

The volume contains issues #26-34 of Doom Patrol, and gives us two story arcs which seem to be more in keeping with the themes that Morrison has shown in other works.

The first story arc, "The Painting That Ate Paris", introduces a new version of a classic group of Doom Patrol villians in The Brotherhood of Dada (from The Brotherhood of Evil of earl
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Artur Coelho
Grant Morrison pegou há uns anos em Doom Patrol, um comic de super-heróis de segunda linha e deu-lhe uma volta conceptual que introduziu em força o psicadelismo e a imaginação pura nos comics mainstream. Da temporada de Morrison à frente de Doom Patrol destaca-se o arco narrativo The Painting that Ate Paris pelo seu carácter surreal, bebendo inspiração a fontes tão díspares como a história da arte moderna, mitologia bíblica, absurdismo dadaísta e espiritualidades psicadélicas.

Os eventos são dese
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Alan
The second volume of Grant Morrison’s ‘Doom Patrol’ seems to be where the critically-acclaimed series really takes off. Reading these stories for the first time, I can’t really compare this volume to what’s to come, but it is a leap forward from the last one in many respects. We’re now starting to learn who these characters really are, how their personalities gel and what their world is like. Also, the “weirdness” factor, of which Morrison’s ‘Doom Patrol’ is, perhaps, most fondly remembered for, ...more
Michael Emond
There is no question that Grant Morrison is a creative force above almost all others. But you have the good Grant that takes those ideas and harnesses them in stories that are readable and the bad Grant that just puts all the ideas down with no cohesive story as their framework. In this volume we get a bit of both. There are amazing, wonderful heights of creativity and it fits with the true idea of the Doom Patrol which is supposed to be the super hero team that fights the bizarre. But there are ...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Doom Patrol (2) #26-34 (September 1989-July 1990). Mr. Nobody has a plan and forms the Brotherhood of Dada to steal a magical painting. When the painting consumes Paris, only Doom Patrol can save it from the threat of the Fifth Horseman living inside it. Willoughby Kipling seeks out Doom Patrol when the Cult of the Unwritten Book tracks down the Fifth Window and threatens to release the Antigod. Plus Robotman gets a new body but finds the body wants complete control…leading to a battle ...more
Josh
Jun 08, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I got vols 1 & 2 of Grant Morrison's run on "Doom Patrol" so far apart that I had to re-read the first one just to remember what the hell was going on. I'm really glad I did. This series is great, and only knock off 1 star because it's early Grant, and it's mainstream comics, and so there's a lot more exposition in here then I think he would've included otherwise. But this is a great lead-in to stuff like "the Invisibles," and his other later/weirder titles. It's really a great book, with so ...more
Dan
Aug 28, 2008 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008, comics
Two books in, and I'm starting to detect a bit of a theme running throughout Morrison's DP: something is trying to envelop our reality, and/or members of the DP get sucked into another world/reality to save things. This time it's the painting from the title and a lost Gnostic gospel (and, to an extent, Crazy Jane's mind). In many of these cases, Crazy Jane does seem to act as a deus ex machina, suddenly emerging with a new personality who holds the key to saving everything. Regardless of all thi ...more
Bodhidasa Caldwell
To be amongst misfits who try to be the best they can be without posing in the kind of lingerie that passes as a straight boys wet dream is a consummate delight. Add to that cliff note (geddit?) glossing of Surrealism, Dada and my cerebellum is duly aroused. Slap on challenges to misogyny and the nuances of gender identity and you have me reaching for the tissues. In a good way. I really care about these damaged people. Rebus remains my favourite super hero ever. Where did s/he go?
Ryan
Apr 16, 2012 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: justok
Volume 2 of Morrison's run on this title has both its good points and bad. In the good, Case's art is starting to look a bit less amateur. The previous volume looked like it was drawn by Al Milgrom, and that's no compliment. Also the characters are starting to work more as a team. Although they are so messed up, this is difficult to understand. The storylines are bit more interesting now, the painting story was actually interesting when it got going and the story about Steele's armor coming to l ...more
Raj
Volume two of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol run sees things start to get really odd. This volume sees them first going up against the Brotherhood of Dada, the only villains that approach the Doom Patrol in strangeness. After they escape from the titular painting that ate Paris (part of the Brotherhood's plan to make life 'weirder'), Robotman has to go into Crazy Jane's head to save her and then he has to cope with mutiny: from his own body! Possibly my favourite (or at least, most WTF?) moment wa ...more
Kevin Mann
I had read an issue of Morrison's Doom Patrol in early 90s and frankly it didnt really register as much to me, in spite of the peer pressure suggesting it was the "be all , end all"....25 years later i took a plunge and bought this TPB. For the most part i enjoyed it after i became used to the M.O. Of ageless comic cliches being deconstructed & the narrative deliberately being formless and inspiring anarchy. (Da-da, indeed) ....I think i would have REALLY enjoyed this if i had read it as a t ...more
Nick Hanemann
Probably the coolest thing I've read in the past year. Takes on extremely ambitious high concept adventures and knocks them out of the park. Dialogue is impeccable. New favorite comic franchise for sure.
Anna
I loved this. The League of Dada were priceless. Their shenanigans can be summed up by Mr. Nobody's timeless comment, "So we stole a painting. So we turned a policeman into a toilet. Worse things happen every day in El Salvador." Also worthy of note are the Withnail the Warlock character, some imagery that clearly prefigures 'The Invisibles' archons, the hilarious yet strangely touching final section (which asks whether the mind rules the body or vice versa), and brief cameos from 'normal' super ...more
Renee
Another classic... I'd give the Brotherhood of Dada five stars easy, same with the robot/ape awesomeness...but the end of the universe eyeball brought the average down slightly.
The Miracle Man
As per usual, Grant Morrison defied my expectations with this book.. There are some twists and turns that even I didn't see coming.
Ann
Aug 14, 2012 Ann added it
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Erg. Why does this book have such a hideous cover? The covers of the original issues are often so beautiful. Why couldn't they have used one of those? This is a common problem with Vertigo collections, I think. Anyhow, as one can see from the cover, one of the members of the League of Dada is a horrible racial caricature. He talks in Uncle Remus patois, and I cannot even tell what his power is. Crazy Jane is an interesting character, but I often feel like there's a nasty prurience in representat ...more
Gavin
Good follow up to the First collection. Further character development, and another crazy plot to foil. This one a little more philosophical, which is interesting as a reader. The bad guys here are rather nihilistic, which is always a fun ride. The strongest part of this may be the further character development of Crazy Jane and her multiple personalities (which are explored literally by Cliff/Robotman) and Cliff's further issues with disconnection and alienation from being a disembodied brain. M ...more
Ryan
Morrison introduces the supervillain group The Brotherhood of Dada--a splinter of the more traditional Doom Patrol villains Brotherhood of Evil.

The Brotherhood of Dada reject the overly-broad notions of good and evil. Their members include The Quiz, who has every super power you haven't thought of, and Sleepwalk, who has super-strength, but only when she's asleep. She takes pills and listens to Barry Manilow before engaging opponents.

It's pretty sweet.

Also, the last issue in this collection fea
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Jacob Dougherty
Things get even weirder in Grant Morrison and Richard Case's second volume of Doom Patrol stories, published by DC in the early 90s. In this volume, the team (which includes a schizophrenic with over 60 personalities and a gender-bending powerhouse) faces off against the Brotherhood of Dada, who came into the possession of a painting able to devour entire worlds. As the Doom Patrol searches for the group, they encounter entire worlds based on eras of modern art, and kudos go to artist Richard Ca ...more
Rachel
It's weird enough for me to get a huge kick out of it. It's too unique for me to really describe.
MIke
I'll write this review for all the volumes of "Doom Patrol."

Definitely my favorite work of comic fiction, "Doom patrol" combines every aspect of art into one amazing pill. A superhero team that combats the forces of surreal art, surreal physics and surreal mysticism while maintaining a comedic edge. More than anything else, "Doom patrol" solidified the place of adult comics that dealt not only in hard-boiled violence, but in complex themes and structures that rivals, (and surpasses), most other
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Sara
I just..... Hated these. Art, story, characters.... Had to give up... Sorry grant Morrison!!!
Travis
Hints that the weird stuff may soon get out of Grant's control, but you don't mind because underneath all the weird is a classic hero team/ villain team fight.

While not as much fun as the original Brotherhood of evil, the Brotherhood of Dada has some interesting powers and personalities.
It's also amusing that the magic painting is an absurd comic book super weapon that has an origin connected to several pieces of 18th century literature. Where else are you going to see Oscar Wild mentioned in a
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Christa
I wish the individual books/stories had more to do with one another instead of just "Here's a crazy idea!" "Here's another one!" "Now for some filler!"
My fave story was Crazy Jane's but even that is predictable and overly simplified. The painting story was cool but didn't wrap up as dramatically as I'd hoped. I guess when you're trying to make stories around more complicated ideas they get harder to resolve satisfactorily. I'll be reading the next one; I'm hoping these early books are just a res
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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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