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Doom Patrol: Book One

(Doom Patrol (1987) #1-2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The groundbreaking series from Grant Morrison that led American comics in a wholly unexpected direction.

Originally conceived in the 1960s by the visionary team of writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani, the Doom Patrol was reborn a generation later through Grant Morrison’s singular imagination.

Though they are super-powered beings, and though their foes are bent on
Paperback, 424 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by DC Comics (first published July 1990)
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
In the forword, it asks the reader if they enjoy the bizarre, and if so, then this is the superhero comic that they've been waiting for. <--paraphrasing, not quoting


It was in that moment that I knew this wasn't the superhero comic for me. And, honestly, I probably should have just shut it down and called it a day, at that point.
I mean, Grant Morrison himself was basically warning me off of his own work. He didn't write this for the vanilla audience. <--I am so vanilla I come in a tiny bot
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc, hoopla
As the parent of a 3 year old I feel uniquely qualified to review this book in this way at this moment in time.

We’ll be there on the double
Whenever there’s a problem
‘Round the DCEU
Caulder and his team of freaks
Will come and bewilder you

Yeah! They’re on the way!


No threat’s too big,
No curse is too small,
DOOM PATROL, we’re on a roll
So here we go, DOOM PATROL

(On a serious note, I’m so glad I didn’t e
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the hell did I just read? This is some of the most bizarre, weirdest comics I have ever read and that is saying a lot especially because I am not a stranger to Grant Morrison's works. I've read his run on Batman and some of his other Vertigo titles and mini-series he has written in the past, but this is just balls to the wall batshit flippin' crazy! Scissormen that can cut you out of reality, parallel dimensions and paradoxes, and people with some of the strangest super powers imaginable! t ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brain placed inside an unfeeling robotic body. A man forced to share his body with a creature from a negative dimension. A woman with split personalities, each with their own metahuman power. And a manipulative bastard in a wheelchair who guides them all. They are the Doom Patrol, and when the world gets strange, these strange heroes step up to keep us safe from things you can’t even imagine.

Grant Morrison’s a nut. If you’ve read any of his stuff before, you know that’s true. But back before h
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

What happens when you let the legendary Grant Morrison loose on a series meant to have eccentric ideas within a superhero universe? You can find that out in Grant Morrison’s reboot of The Doom Patrol. With some of the weirdest heroes and villains in the superhero game, this comic book series has truly embraced its identity thanks to Grant Morrison’s vision for it as he reevaluated it throughout his comic book run and gave it a distinctive level
Joshua Adam Bain
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A year or so ago I tried giving this run a go. I got 4 issues in and I had to put it down. Grant Morrison was just fucking with my head. All that mumbo jumbo just didn't connect with me and overall it was just a bit too weird for me to sink my teeth into.

After loving the Doom Patrol show so much I thought I would try again. And hot diggidy dog did I enjoy it!

What changed? Maybe it was reading Grants run on Animal Man that made me appreciate his out of the box thinking? Or maybe I just enjoyed
Nick D
What a delightfully odd book. This is the first Grant Morrison book I've read with his patent lunacy that I've actually enjoyed.

A bizarre cast of characters: Cliff Steele aka Robot Man, a full-body amputee whose brain survives in a robot body; Crazy Jane, a woman in countless personalities, each with their own superpower; Rebis, the Negative Man, a bandaged entity composed of a black woman and white man filled with the Negative Spirit; Joshua, a former member of the Doom Patrol that doesn't like
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was typical Morrison with his weird wacky and crazy Doom Patrol run. Superheros with a wacky twist. Philosophy, comedy, action, literature/arts and more. If you want something covered this probably has it. Not straight forward and it wont make sense for a while, however it still made sense and was a good read. If you've never read a Doom Patrol novel before I'd recommend starting here. I unfortunately started a little later and it didnt make much sense. Here it does in a Morrison type of wa ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Weird. Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol was a surreal and acid fueled trip enhanced by the blocky and perfectly odd art by Richard Case featuring memorable villains like the scissorkmen, Red Jack, Mr. Nobody, and among my favorite the Pale Police who can only speak in anagrams.
Long time villains the Brain and Mallah even make an appearance in the last story of the collection with the breakout star being Crazy Jane, who has not only multiple personalities, but super powers to go with each one.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
As villains, the Brotherhood of Dada putting Paris in a painting perfectly encapsulates the sort of surrealism that makes Doom Patrol so good. A classic, Bill Watterson-esque trip through different schools of art and levels of the painting as the Doom Patrol battles not only the Brotherhood but one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Meanwhile, Superman and the rest of the Justice League are left in the role of the depicted observers, looking at the painting.

It's just plain fun. There are a
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd recently read 19-25 in a previous collection, so I just read the remaining after glancing through the first half. The first half I rated 3 stars, but this back half I'd give 5 stars, so the title gets averaged down.
There is some amazing crazy stuff here. The first incarnation of the DaDa squad, and the Painting that ate Paris is just a machine gun of insane ideas in an entertaining story form (the cameo of JLA at their most befuddled is a nice touch). The exploration inside Crazy Jane's mind
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love is lovelier the second time around and damn this book is somehow even better. Having read this once before I knew already the level of...oddity it possesses, also known as "Morrisonesque" because damn if he doesn't demonstrate his understanding of the arcane and marvelous.

Doom Patrol is nothing like anything the reader is likely to experience, and that's by design. These characters experience mania and esoteric threats that are nothing like an average comic-book hero, and Marrison balances
Kevin Smythe
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book makes me wish there were more words for "weird." Some of the weird of the book, I loved. Some of the weird was incomprehensible. The book finished with the perfect kind of weird.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up a few issues of the Morrison run at a thrift store a few years back, and for the life of me I don’t know why I didn’t seek out the full run earlier.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I started cold-exposure therapy. I started digging into psychedelic philosophies I read in my late teens and early twenties. Who shows up in my YouTube feed but Grant Morrison. In the video he spoke about meeting aliens, chaos magic, and how his writing had become massive sigils, altering his reality. He
B. Jay
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was the late nineties when a coworkers lent me this collection of books and blew my mind. Morrison has a way of taking the hokiest of comic book tropes and merging them with literate metaphors. One is never sure how seriously to take the Doom Patrol, and this run of the book launches that confusion into higher planes of existence. I recommend Morrison’s entire run on DP, and if you hunger for more weirdness, check out The Invisibles, where he really kicks the surreal engine into high cosmic g ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Weird, bizarre, and thoughtful in a good way.

Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m still not sure if I’m a fan of Morrison. And this book is the perfect example. There were a couple of story arcs that were -incredible-, easily 5-stars. But there were just as many arcs that were just way too weird for my liking. That doesn’t make them bad, just not necessarily for me.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The Doom Patrol slowed my pace, but they are weird and good, demonstrating how important fiction can be by transporting the reader to a strange reality where logic, as we know it, isn't primary.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
What a wild and crazy ride. The beginning's a bit slow what with it having to go through the motions of setting up the team, but given the unorthodox nature of the cast it's still interesting to get the rundown on each of them. Once the pieces are in motion though and the eccentric threats get set in motion, things get fun fast. I really loved both the Orqwith and Brotherhood of Dada storylines, both bizarre with unique and memorable villains. The other storylines in between are fun as well, and ...more
Alex Melnick
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Clever, odd adventures of a group of disturbed superheroes. I enjoyed it, but didn't feel it lived up to the hype, or maybe I didn't sufficiently appreciate how original it seemed 30 years ago.

Two specific problems dropped my rating sharply:

1. The labelling of this as "Book One" is misleading. It's the start of Morrison's run on an existing title, and nearly all the characters have history. I had to spend a lot of time on the DC Wiki to make sense of things. A good introduction with a "Who's Who
Jordan Peacock
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 'Going Underground' issue is near-perfect.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, weird
I read some of the Morrison/Case run of Doom Patrol back when it was new, and it fascinated me. It was around the time of the Shadow Cabinet storyline. I vividly (and maybe accurately) recall one of my all-time favorite bits of dialog from comics:

Fortune Teller - You have a very long life line. It goes all the way around.

Crazy Jane - That's a seam. I'm wearing gloves.

That day, "Negative Man" (or, at that time, probably "Negative Hermaphrodite") became one of my all-time favorite superheroes. The
Alex E
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've never read any Doom Patrol in the past, and while I've heard of Morrison's run being fantastic, for one reason or another, I never picked it up. I am really glad I did as this book is an explosion of imagination and weirdness of the best possible variety.

The book starts almost by tricking you into thinking its a standard "odd characters assemble into group" type book. But as we are slowly introduced to the characters, and slowly see how they handle weirder and weirder situations, you start
Michael Emond
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had read these stories before but wanted to revisit them after watching the TV series that had so many ideas from Morrison's run sprinkled in there. They are used differently but Crazy Jane, Mr. Nobody, Danny the Street (who doesn't appear in this collection) and especially the episode where Cliff/Robotman enters Crazy Jane's mind (which is included in this collection) all owe their thanks to Morrison's crazy genius.

I will maintain that this collection is the best of the Morrison run - it con
Rory Tregaskis
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this but I think it lacked some of the depth of books like Alan Moore's Promethea which covers similar ideas and subjects - characters explore different levels of reality and the porous membrane between 'reality' and fiction, whys is there sometime instead of nothing etc. There's even a part where characters explore levels of the mind on a tube train, which is very similar to a segment of Promethea, and I'm pretty sure the character Willoughby Kipling is just John Constantine with a few ...more
Jeff Lewonczyk
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first read some of these stories when I was about 12, and I was completely perplexed. Coming back to them nearly 30 years later, I'm still perplexed, but much more comfortable with understanding that this is the point. This was my inadvertent introduction to surrealism, offered through the unlikely medium of the superhero comic.

After a somewhat straightforward narrative setup to get things moving, the only way these stories resemble typical mainstream comic stories is in the premise of a grou
Baker St Shelves
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since it’s been a week that the Doom Patrol series started, I figured this was the right time to check out the comics. Without question, this is the strangest comic series I’ve ever read.
These are DC comics, the very same company that publishes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc, but these are very different heroes.
Truthfully, I don’t see this as a superhero comic, but a sci-fi and urban fantasy comic that feature characters with disabilities that also give them superpowers.
It has very off the
Delirious insanity. Bizarre fragmented imagery. Fractal world-building. Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison gives the National Enquirer a run for being the weirdest, most offbeat, bizarrely conspiracy theory in the history of bizarre conspiracy theories. World's within worlds. Minds without bodies. Bodies without minds (or multiple minds). The antics of a brilliant mind run amok has never been more fun. I think the only thing better than Morrison's run on this title is the one he created: The Invisibl ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jesse Bradstreet
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it

As a huge Grant Morrison fan and fan of the DC Universe show, I was pretty pumped to start in on Morrison's Doom Patrol run, and don't get me wrong, it's good, but it did disappoint. Sometimes it gets a bit too abstract and it's hard to attach yourself to the storytelling. Other times the book is brilliant and rich, putting together a fully fledged arc in just one or two issues. The best stories here are the two-part "god" storyline and the single issue on Robotman that closes out this col
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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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Doom Patrol (1987) (6 books)
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  • Doom Patrol, Vol. 4: Musclebound
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