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Doom Patrol, Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris

(Doom Patrol (1987) #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,177 ratings  ·  110 reviews
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
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, cool-covers
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
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Grant Morrison is a great writer. Even though, on occasion, the scope of his creativity leads to muddled or confusing tales this tale does not suffer from that. Is this for everyone? No I don't think so. The story is indeed out there but this IS a Doom Patrol story.

The Doom Patrol is called into action. Mr. Nobody has stolen a magic painting that "eats" the viewer and uses it to "eat" the city of Paris. What follows is a bizarre, twisted and funny metaphysical adventure against the Brotherhood o
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Wing Kee
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Subversive and just simply so so out there.

Oh man, I'm falling in love with the Doom Patrol all over again. I remember them when I was a kid but I did not get the chance to read them sequentially but now...holy wow.

World: The art is great, I don't usually like the art of the 80s and going back to it I find it hideous but I love the art here. The style, the colors the facial expressions. It's not the most kinetic of panels but it is very good. The world building is absolutely nuts. It's very cont
Tom Ewing
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
I have had favourite comics before and since, but no comic was ever as fiercely and personally my favourite as Doom Patrol was at the start of the 90s. I read it to pieces: it became one of those comics that hardly needs re-reading. But I decided to re-read it anyway. Does it retain any of its beauty and mystery?

Yes. These days it's easier to see how some of Morrison's casting choices err on the side of stereotype - especially as the characterisation of bit parts tends to mean a solitary trait,
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
The trippiest and most confusing book I’ve read. While I enjoyed the first doom patrol volume, this one is a mess. A lot of random events happen and not much makes sense. The fascinating characters are barely explored. Instead we see more weird characters and situations and various end-of-the-world plots. I was hoping that this series would be like Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing: extreme weirdness held together by characters, relationships, emotions and actual themes. Unfortunately it’s a rollercoaste ...more
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
REREAD 2017: I just read this a year ago (almost exactly), and feel a little silly commenting on it again, but I'm doing a more focused reread of the entire series, and I'm also too compulsive to just skip talking about it again.

I wrote last year that the important thing about DP that I'd forgotten is that it is funny. This is sort of true -- I mean, true if you've entirely forgotten that it's funny, but misleading if you go into DP thinking it's, like, a "fun comic." I mean, unless you think su
Tony Laplume
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics, weird
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.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This second volume of the Doom Patrol stories doesn't have any overarching stories, except maybe how many times can you cram the end of the world into one graphic novel.

The first story has the Brotherhood of Dada stealing a painting that eats people (and Paris in this case) and which has the fifth horseman of the apocalypse trapped in it to boot. It's up to the Doom Patrol to go inside the painting, stop the brotherhood and the horseman, and rescue Paris. This is actually one of the easier stor
Buddy Scalera
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Off the rails, but not in a good way. In the first volume, Doom Patrol: Vol 1 "Crawling from the Wreckage," Grant Morrison and Richard Case gave a weirdly entertaining take on the Doom Patrol. It was odd and oddly satisfying, as it played with surreal themes and visions. Good stuff that's worth reading, especially as an early Vertigo experiment.

The same team dials the weirdness up to 11, but soon loses clarity and focus. Every few pages, there's a new idea or concept that can sustain an entire
Printable Tire
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Sydney Smith
I think I might've liked The Painting That Ate Paris more than any of the issues in the first volume. There's the same eerie humor that seems both out of place and much needed at the same time, but in this volume it flows a lot smoother.
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As with volume one, I love the characters, good and bad guys. We finally get to learn more about Crazy Jane! And we see her underground! I've been looking forward to that since the first volume, and I'm so glad Morrison spends a good many pages down there, sho
Martin Maenza
I stopped reading this comic book back in the day around issue 30 - about halfway through the issues collected here. I am enjoying the book now, nearly three decades later. It is very weird but in a curious, oddities sort this of way. Not your typical super-hero stuff.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
That was definitely weirder than the first one. I got lost a few times, but so did all the characters, so I didn't feel bad about that. Once again, the art helped clarify and amplify the wild story. And I love that Crazy Jane.
Sina Tavoosi
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Pure Morrison madness. Some of the stuff he comes up with are genius, and some seem to be just weird shit. In any case, Doom Patrol is a delight to read.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh such pure and beautiful madness!!!
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Morrison is a mad scientist of storytelling. Dealing heavily in weird philosophies such as Dadaism and chaos, Doom Patrol continues to spiral fully into insanity, and I don't think I could like it more. But beyond the intricate, mind-bending stories in this volume, you get a sense that Morrison really understands these characters. Two issues are devoted to them, and these are two of the best so far in the series. The final issue in particular sticks out as both philosophically insightful and abs ...more
Paul Spence
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grant Morrison's run on DOOM PATROL is not one of my favorite comics ever. It's one of my favorite THINGS ever. My world is a better place by sheer virtue of the fact that this series is lying around in it.

DOOM PATROL (2nd Series), for those not in the know, is an early 90's update for one of the weirdest silver age series around. After an uninspiring intro by Paul Kupperberg (who at least brought the series back), Grant Morrison retooled the whole thing and came up with (Am I stupid enough to s
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
Suffice to say that I really enjoyed it. Great "mad" ideas (a phrase I'm not fond of, but it fits), solid art (I'm impressed by Pace's ability to draw some amazingly outlandish ideas, yet his style itself seems a little dull), and fairly strong characters. Rebis is a bit too vague after a while, but Morrison did drops some bits, so while I didn't care much about him, I was open to Rebis having some potential down the line. Cliff Steele, for possibly the first time ever, actually seemed interesti ...more
Primo S.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Okay, now that's closer to what I'd expected. Very weird and out there, even for a comic book. However, this weirdness are presented in such a way that it's still very much understandable, even if it takes the readers a while to get. The plot is very fast paced and despite its strangeness, it never gets bogged down in overexplaining or overexposition, however, there were some dialogues that felt way to expository and out of place. The characters were great, once again, Cliff/Robotman and his who ...more
Carl Waluconis
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: unique super hero stories
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is an old series that I finally got around to reading. It was and still is unique with content and themes not often found in comic books. There are two story arcs in this book. The first is the title and explores surrealist painting. The second takes on philosophy and the mind-body Cartesian split. It pushes the theme to the extreme with humorous situations, talking apes, battling brains in a jar, the body claiming victory over the mind, and more. The second story however is not finished an ...more
Robert Hudder
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series covers a wide range of mature subject matter; childhood sexual trauma, artistic movements, the drive to normalcy. I mean this is a group of superheroes who are basically battling some form of mental illness at the same time as saving the world over and over again.

I had forgotten how good this series was until I recently picked it up because there is a reboot.

This arc is about Dadaism - a movement in the art world. It also starts to touch on what is wrong with Jane. I would say that
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, dc
If Grant Morrison focused more on the characters and their relationships and their eccentricities rather than how many Lewis Carroll references and weird monsters he can cram onto every page, I'd be really into this.
Roman Colombo
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vertigo
it is impossible to read this fast. the ideas are so intemse that you need time to digest everthing. I enjoyed Vol 1 but loved Vol 2. Mr. Nobody is a great villain. I'm going to have to save my ideas for an article.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suitably weird with some off the wall characters and plots that turn surrealist. Not for everyone and often he seems to write himself into a hole that gets arbitrarily resolved but it still somehow works.
Michael DeSimone
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i! love! mr ! nobody!
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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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