Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick by Gerard Way

Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick

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...

Title:Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick
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ISBN:1401269796
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:168 pages

Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick Reviews

  • Jeff
    Sep 16, 2016

    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.

  • ☙ percy ❧
    May 02, 2017

    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

    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 that you can't really review this book, because it's a book to be experienced rather than reviewed. and i completely agree; mainly because if i say anything at all about the plot, it will spoil a little bit of that experience.

    one thing i can say: this was incredibly well-written, with probably the best character development and storyline of any comic i've ever read. it made me cry, but in the best possible way.

  • Sesana
    Jun 07, 2017

    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.

  • Destiny ➳ Howling Libraries
    Jun 06, 2017

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    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

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    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 3am and you have no idea what’s going on, but somehow you do,” and that is such a fantastic fucking way to phrase how I felt throughout the entirety of this comic book. I wasn’t raised on comics much (because I didn’t have a lot of access to them or exposure), so this was my very first taste of Doom Patrol. I’ll be upfront with you guys: I requested this ARC on NetGalley primarily because I have never outgrown my absolute adoration for My Chemical Romance or Gerard Way as an individual, and when I saw his name on it, I had to have it. That said… I

    enjoyed this comic book.

    The characters are absolutely brilliant. I wanted most of them to be real just so I could befriend them all, because they’re so clever and enjoyable. The dialogue is fun, and I’m certain it will bring a smile to your face, though more than once, it made me pause and think for a moment, too (as with the quote I used at the top of this review). The artwork is glorious, and colorful, and vibrant, and everything that I want in a graphic novel.

    Overall, though, I’m going to have to agree with the thoughts I’ve seen from a lot of reviewers, as well as the reviewer that Gerard himself quoted in his afterword: I can’t review this story. It isn’t that I didn’t love it – because I did – and it isn’t that I was confused by it – because I wasn’t (not by the end, at least). It’s just that this comic is such an experience. Like any other roller coaster ride, someone could tell you about it all day long, but you’d never fully understand the delight of it until you strap yourself in.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Doom Patrol, DC comics, or just a damn good story. I can’t wait to see what else Gerard has in store for the world.

  • Sam Quixote
    May 19, 2017

    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

    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 the teeser!

    Ok, that was deliberate gibberish I just made up (and kinda reads at the end there like something from Rick and Morty’s interdimensional cable) but it makes about as much sense as Gerard Way and Nick Derington’s unreadable first volume of the relaunched Doom Patrol. If this title is an indicator of the quality to follow in DC’s new Young Animal line (which Way is also curating) then it’s gonna be Rebirth 2.0.

    I can’t pretend to be a fan of or know much about Doom Patrol as I’ve only read the first Grant Morrison book and it didn’t grab me, so forgive me not knowing pretty much every character in this book. Not that Way makes any effort to make this book accessible - it’s basically Morrison fanfic for uber fans of Morrison and Doom Patrol. He so desperately wants to be Grant Morrison and falls short by several light years.

    So the premise is: a magic ambulance/sentient godlike entity called Danny is a portal to another realm where Flex Mentallo lives - now that character I do recognise from the excellent Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely book from the mid-90s (highly recommended over this tripe). The robot dude on the cover is living in a gyro - yes, the wrap snack many people enjoy on the reg - and some dude called Niles Caulder is doing one-page skits for no reason.

    None of the Doom Patrol can remember who they are for some reason (maybe it ties into the end of Morrison’s Doom Patrol, I don’t know, I never read it, but it might well do given Way’s obsession with Morrison) and this book is about gathering them together once again to stop some evil intergalactic corporation from turning people in hamburgers. There’s more nonsensical art school bollocks but it’s not worth going into - it’s like enduring atrociously, outstandingly bad Avant-garde filmmaking.

    Incoherent storytelling, incompetent writing that mostly reads like cast-off Danger Days-era My Chemical Romance lyrics (Way’s former band), obnoxiously pretentious, and incomprehensible in general, I have no idea what the fuck this nonsense was but I know I was mega-bored and thoroughly unimpressed with it. You may as well zone out when reading this and come up with your own story because at least then something will entertain and make sense to you. Gerard Way and Nick Derington’s Doom Patrol is all the reasons why Doom Patrol will never be a good comic.

    Teese up that sippy, poobles!

  • Rory Wilding
    May 31, 2017

    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

    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 for the Scotsman, in particular his run of

    , which not only inspired on his Dark Horse series

    but also his own run of

    as part of DC’s Young Animal imprint.

  • Chad
    Jul 05, 2017

    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

    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 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 so much going on I couldn't keep it all straight. The book was weird but it wasn't interesting. I found myself not really caring what happened.

    Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rob Walker
    Jun 15, 2017

    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.

    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. What about the idea of a human character beginning her life as a comic book hero before being given life and brought to Earth. What about planetary wars taking place inside gyros? Or a secret cult based around the multiple personalities of a single superhuman entity? There’s a lot going in Doom Patrol and while not all of the ideas or characters “stick”, enough of them do, challenging and rewarding the reader with a comic unlike anything else.

    Though the Doom Patrol premiered in the 1960s, it gained prominence in the late 1980s when writers from the U.K. made their way to American shores. Among these new talents was Scottish writer, Grant Morrison. Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol in the 1980s for DC’s Vertigo imprint, is a work of abstract brilliance. Featuring a cast of freaks who go on adventures that other superheroes could never possibly handle. There is a storyline in which The Justice League are perplexed by a painting that seems to have devoured the city of Paris. The Doom Patrol are sent into the painting itself to retrieve the city, its citizens and do battle with the Dadaist cabal that sent them there. Weird, huh. Because of these strange and fresh story lines, Doom Patrol and Morrison’s work would go on to inspire generations of writers, among them Gerard Way-front man for My Chemical Romance, who began his own comic writing career in 2007 with the creation of The Umbrella Academy.

    If you’ve read The Umbrella Academy and are familiar with Morrison’s work, you can see the similarities. Both comics feature a band of freaks, led by a mysterious genius who fight strange villains with bizarre, often reality shattering fixations, all while coming to terms with their places in this world. It comes as no surprise then that Way has rebooted the Doom Patrol for DC as a part of their new Young Animal imprint, a set of titles meant to appeal to mature readers…which is what I thought Vertigo was for…but whatever.

    Way’s new version of The Doom Patrol is just as strange as Morrison’s and if you’re familiar with that run of the series, you may find a lot to love here. Old favorites such as Robotman and Negative man along with others return, but the story primarily focuses on ambulance driver Casey Brinke and her partner Sam Reynolds as they work on saving lives before getting sideswiped by the strange. One by one old DP characters return, dragging Casey from her regular existence toward a world of inter-dimensional fast-food executives, a god-like being that creates its own citizens and a secret cult built around a deranged superhero.

    Like I said, there’s a lot going on here. Also, like I said, not all of it sticks.

    Casey is a compelling and sweet character, as is her partner Sam, but they’re not as three dimensional as they could be. The introduction of the older DP members is…haphazard and doesn’t give a whole lot for new readers to grasp onto, so we end up feeling a bit like Casey in this new and strange world. This may be the point, but it does run the risk of alienating readers who may not have grown up reading the cult Vertigo series.

    Regardless, there is a lot here to like, the reintroduction of Danny the Street is fun and interesting. The villains, a group of alien fast food executives looking for cheap meat, are a good introductory concept and could easily fit alongside other DP villains. Above all however, this version of Doom Patrol really shines in its portrayal of outcasts finding a home among their own and its optimistic message of helping those who need it.

    I can't go into further details without spoiling it, but if you like fresh ideas and are attracted to stories with outsider characters, give Doom Patrol: Brick By Brick a shot.

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