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
Number of Pages:168 pages

Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick Reviews

  • ☙ percy ❧

    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

    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

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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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Dan Schwent

    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

    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 landfill full of Robotman parts behind Doom Patrol headquarters during Keith Giffen's run.

    Anyway, the weirdest super heroes in the room are back. And much like the Grant Morrison days, I was only half aware of what was going on. That being said, I did enjoy myself in a nostalgic sort of way.

    Robotman is still the most normal member of the Doom Patrol and my favorite. He's like Moe of the Three Stooges, struggling to keep the group together. From being hit by a garbage truck to stomping off to go find some pants, Robotman is the hilarious grumpy uncle of the team. I also liked Negative Man getting back to something resembling the version I was familiar with, though Larry wearing Rebis' shades was a nice touch. And what the hell is up with the Chief, Niles Caulder? Hell, that alone makes me want to get the second volume.

    Much like

    , I felt like this book was laying the groundwork for the series, integrating Space Case with Robotman, Flex Mentallo, Negative Man, and Crazy Jane. However, I didn't find it nearly as accessible as Shade.

    While it wasn't as enjoyable as I'd hoped, I'm cautiously optimistic about the future of the series. Three out of five stars.

  • Amanda

    is a series I’ve always wanted to try out. I wish I had before jumping in with

    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

    is a series I’ve always wanted to try out. I wish I had before jumping in with

    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 Gerard Freaking Way for Pete’s sake! He’s one of my all-time favorite artists and I want to believe he can do no wrong. Hence, I have some pretty mixed feelings about this one.

    Let’s discuss the stuff that worked. While I didn’t understand the story it didn’t diminish the writing quality.

    is really well written. I can’t find fault with that and I knew Gerard Way wouldn’t let me down on that front. I also really liked the art work and character design. The visuals were rather interesting and if nothing else,

    is pretty to look at.

    I would normally talk about the plot but since I don’t really understand the plot I’m not able to do so. Seriously, was it just me? Like… I had to google the plot and read a Wikipedia article to figure out what the plot was. At least I know what the main story was about but I’m still at a loss for everything else. I’m just so confused… and after looking though several reviews on Goodreads, it appears many other people were as well.

    I think this becomes a question of whether it’s my fault for going into a story without a solid foundation or if it’s the authors fault for writing something with absolutely no frames of reference for a new reader to pick up on. I hate to say it (since I respect Gerard Way so much) but I think it’s the fault of the author for writing a story that takes place within an established series without letting the readers in on the past. I think if I knew the backstory I would have found this one amazing. Sadly I went in with a blank slate so I just feel confused about how a book so well written and visually interesting could make literally no sense to me.

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