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Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick

(Doom Patrol (2016) #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,227 ratings  ·  343 reviews
The spirit of Grant Morrison's groundbreaking Doom Patrol is captured in this debut series starring the cult-favorite misfits as a part of Gerard Way's new Young Animal imprint.
Flex Mentallo, Robotman, Rebis, Crazy Jane, and more are back to twist minds and take control. This new take on a classic embraces and reimagines the Morrison run's signature surrealism and irrevere
Paperback, Trade, 176 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by DC Comics (first published May 23rd 2017)
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Sam Quixote
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
An enchanted colostomy bag belches into existence The Bliznar, an anthropomorphic multi-gender entity whose left testicle is running for Mayor of Kandahar and who wants to write this year’s Christmas No. 1 jig. But a ragtag team of anti-hero pro-superhero anti-hairdressers called Bloom 50 Squad have to lose the intergalactic atomic race and lock up the evil Princess Bitchtacular before the FixFaxes obliterate the comics universe of the 12th Dimension! Better gwant up the pooble before sippy revs ...more
Dan Schwent
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-comics, 2017
A young EMT named Casey Brink witnesses Robotman being hit by a garbage truck and she's pulled into the maelstrom of weirdness that is... the Doom Patrol!

Here we are, another decade, another Doom Patrol book. The Doom Patrol went from being DC's version of the Fantastic Four in the 60s to being the book that put Grant Morrison on the map in the early nineties. There were a few more attempts at a Doom Patrol series after Morrison's but they weren't very memorable, although I still remember the la
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Post-Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, it’s easy to follow, non-derivative, written with deep and interesting characters, and the fantastic artwork keeps pace with the wacky world building. Prior knowledge of the Doom Patrol will help but is not required. Read this.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not even going to try and give a plot synopsis because it's so convoluted that I'm not even sure what the hell happened. I was very excited to see a new Doom Patrol book. It's always been one of my favorite books at DC. I liked the Kupperberg run, the crazy weird Grant Morrison Vertigo run, and Keith Giffen's run from about 10 years ago. Gerard Way didn't even scare me away. Umbrella Academy was actually pretty good. But this just sucked.

The Good: Way brings back most of the team from Morris
Sean Gibson
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let’s say someone asked you for the cosine of a rutabaga. That’s what reading this book is like.

And, yet, I enjoyed it, and Nick Derington’s art is delightful.

So, you know what? Toss me the nearest root vegatable. I’ve got some ratios to calculate.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I re-read this after going through the Morrison run. It makes so much more sense now. I actually enjoyed it alot more. Characters are explained a little better in Morrisons run if you can believe that.
☙ nemo ❧
i received an ARC of this through NetGalley.

gerard way says in the afterword that "we want you to feel like it's 3:00am and you have no idea what's going on - but somehow you do?" and he succeeded admirably in this goal. this was a surrealist, touching, ingenious postpostpostpostmodernist masterpiece. seriously, put postmodernism (and a whole lot of brilliance) in a blender for a few hours and this will pop out, probably.

another thing Way mentioned in the afterword was that a reviewer said tha
Rory Wilding
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in the arts, you are an oddball to the general public, but being an outsider allows you to be creative, no matter what weird ideas that comes out of your mind. However, there is a tendency of being too weird and when it comes to comics, no one epitomizes this more than Grant Morrison, a man with such a unique imagination that either rises or falls depending on the material. Amongst the number of creators Morrison has influenced, Gerard Way has been very local about his love ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"You don't know what's going on inside of someone, really. There's a hidden universe in there... full of secret stars."

In this issue of Doom Patrol, Gerard Way puts his own unique spin on a classic set of characters. While you may recognize the cast, everyone can find something brand new to love in the beautiful, bold artwork and zany dialogue of Brick by Brick.


The afterword of this graphic novel summed up so many of my thoughts regarding the book. Gerard wrote, “We want you to feel like it’s
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, comics, dc-vertigo
The first time I read Way's Doom Patrol, without any context or prior knowledge of the team, I absolutely hated it. I thought it was nonsensical. Now, after reading Grant Morrison's iconic run and watching the (very good) TV show adaptation, I actually really enjoyed what Way is doing in this book. It was still really tough to get into at first, the first two issues just throw so much random stuff at you without any context, but if you power through and let yourself just experience the events of ...more
James DeSantis
This is my first Doom Patrol book. Which might not be the best idea...

Still, I was really surprised by this. So what's the plot? Well a bunch of people, very weird and different people, start coming together. There's a ambulance driver who's ready to save everyone she could. A magic wielding woman who blows up her roommate. Then a walking talking robot who kicks ass. You got a dude who transforms into a mummy like person. Then you...wait, did I lose you? Yeah it's zanny as fuck but this is how a
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Doom Patrol is a series I’ve always wanted to try out. I wish I had before jumping in with Brick by Brick because honestly, I couldn’t make heads or tails of what was going on. So perhaps that’s where my problem lies? Maybe I went into a long running series and didn’t know any of the back stories in order to know what the story was about now. I’m not sure if that made sense or not but I’m not really sure about anything at the moment. I really wanted to LOVE this one because it’s written by Gerar ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I almost gave this one star, but relented. Why? Doom Patrol really took off under Grant Morrison's run. It was smart, edgy and very strange. Yet the big picture plot behind the stories was always something unusual and new.

Gerard Way tries very hard to recapture the magic of the Doom Patrol under GM. Sadly he falls far short of the mark. This version of Doom Patrol tries really hard to be as intelligent as GM's version. They even bring in some old villains to help the story relive it's glory day
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
At the beginning of this volume, the narrative hardly makes any sense at all, and even though the narrative starts to make sense about midway through, it's still not easy to wrap your head around. However, something that comes through loud and clear is the theme. That theme is that regardless how weird or how much of an outsider you are, there is always a place for you. That place is not necessarily a location, but rather belonging to a group of tolerant people who will love you for who you are. ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. An affectionate tribute to the Morrison/Case Doom Patrol with enough new ideas and likable new characters to avoid being just a cover version. The artwork by Nick Derington and Tamra Bonvillain is especially charming. Occasionally, the scripts verge on twee, but mostly they stay on the right side of that line. There are some problems with pacing; after 4 issues of fun, ambling "getting the band back together" material, issue 5 introduces - and then dispatches - a bunch of villains all ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superhumans
It is, indeed, very much in the vein of Morrison's Doom Patrol, without being an outright imitation. And yet, there's still something missing. The story doesn't inspire me, and it feels haphazardly put together. I constantly felt like I was missing something, and maybe I was. Not for me, but some people seem to be enjoying it.
Scott Foley
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Believe it or not, this is my first Doom Patrol book. I really like Gerard Way and his general oddity when writing. Doom Patrol was weird, but also very entertaining. I'm not sure how much is built upon previous writers' work, but the direction captivated me enough to keep me coming back for more. Overall all, I've been very pleased with the Young Animal imprint.
Bill Hsu
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This is inventive and great fun. The two EMT characters are lovingly drawn, and I like the ragged transitions and surreal little vignettes.

The problem is of course this: how do you follow Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol run? That was one of my all-time favorite comic series, and I was almost crying when it ended. While it's great to hang with the old crew again, I'd rather not see the reinvented Jane; Morrison's ending was just so devastating, this seemed a bit of a cheat. (I know Doom Patrol conti
Rob Walker
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s difficult for me to write an accurate review of The Doom Patrol in general, let alone one for this specific volume. The Doom Patrol isn’t like other comics. For one thing, it's strange. I mean, like, really strange. And it embraces its strangeness, not just in its eclectic cast of characters: Robotman, Crazy Jane, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, but in its ideas.

What other comic can you think of that features a sentient street named Danny who can transport itself(…himself?) anywhere on Earth.
Wing Kee
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow is the least exciting thing I can say about this first arc.

World: Derington's art is phenomenal, the panels the linework, the emotions from the characters, it's all absolutely fantastic and gives this book a very modern Doom Patrol tone to it that I don't think another artist could not have. The art calls to the past Morrison run and is stylishly fresh at the same time. I LOVE THE ART! The world building is also just as amazing with the call back to all the wonderful pieces of the Doom Patro
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m going to start off by saying, I’m not a huge fan of Gerard Way’s music. But he definitely represents a young fresh voice within the comic book industry. Just as his previous indie titles, he has a great command of this off beat team of heroes. The storyline through this volume was really trippy. It bounced around a bit and was pretty off the wall, but it always made sense. On top of that, the story had great pacing and good artwork/colors. Gerard Way’s adaptation of Doom Patrol gets a solid ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a disastrous year, it looks like DC has finally done one thing right. This issue was a very promising start for Way's new imprint.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comixology
actual rating: 3.8/5 ⭐️

this one truly lives up to its weirdness. i had a hard time trying to understand the plotline but wasn't it fun huh. gerard fucking did it again!
Adam Spanos
I'm not even going to try and give a plot synopsis because it's so convoluted that I'm not even sure what the hell happened. I was very excited to see a new Doom Patrol book.

The Good: Way brings back most of the team from Morrison's run and brings back plot points from more than one of the previous Doom Patrol runs.

The Bad: The plot threads Way brings back are from 10+ years ago and yet he gives very little reference so you don't really know what's going on.

The Ugly: The plot was a mess. There's
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Rick Hunter
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone ready for a trippy thrill ride
Shelves: netgalley
I know who Gerard Way is because I was a fan of the band My Chemical Romance, but I've never read any of the comics he's written until now. I had also never read a Doom Patrol book and had only the vaguest of notions as to what the books were about. So, I had no idea what I would be getting into with this book, which I only read because a friend in a comics chatroom recommended it. I don't think anything could have prepared me for this book. There is something seriously wrong with Gerard Way, an ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Wow, wow, and wow!

YES! This is exactly what I needed. Overall, it’s a weird, wonderful, and wacky ride. I didn’t know I needed this book nor that I wanted it, but within the first few pages, I knew I couldn’t live without it. It’s like Gerrard Way quietly took my hand and said “Hey buddy. We’re going to go on a bit of a trip. You’re gonna see some weird things and hear some strange stuff, but in the end, you’ll be ok.” And I was off.

I think it’s safe to say that fans of the Doom Patrol will prob
Wayne McCoy
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick' by Gerard Way with art by Nick Derington is a reboot of a classic DC series. It's part of the new Young Animal imprint and I really liked it.

Casey Brinke drives an ambulance with her partner Sam. Her life is pretty crazy, but it's about to get even more surreal. She finds a broken up robot with a human brain. She meets up with his teammates too, a man wrapped in bandages, and a talking ambulance for starters.

This is a weird comic, and as reviewer states state
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fantastic art! Nick Derington even made a panel with so much action that most artists would need multiple panels to properly display. That amazed me. Now as for the story. Very inventive but just way too confusing for me to even enjoy. Only a few minor moments did I actually follow. This is for people who adore complex and twisty comics. Perhaps it rewards with rereads but I didn't care enough the first time to be curious for a second.
Jacinta Carter
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I requested this graphic novel from NetGalley because I'm a big fan of Gerard Way's band. After reading this, I think I'll stick with his music. The artwork was pretty good, but the story itself was just okay. It almost seemed like there were too many little storylines trying to compete to be the main plot, but instead everything just felt underdeveloped. I might check out the next volume, but I won't go out of my way to find it.
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Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who served as frontman, lead vocalist, and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance from the time of its formation in 2001 until its breakup in 2013. He is the author of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Umbrella Academy (now a Netflix original series) and The True Lives of the ...more

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