Comic Book Review: Doom Patrol #9
Young Animal’s headlining book, “Doom Patrol” has hit some delays along the way but that hasn’t kept it from being one of DC’s absolute best and brightest series. This week, the second story arc rolls along in an issue that puts the spotlight on Lucius and brings back a major antagonist. “Doom Patrol” #9 is another fantastic issue for this series that never disappoints.
“Doom Patrol” #9 picks up with a big fight outside of Casey’s building. As she’s moving out, robots attack them all and when that fight is wrapped up, attention turns to Lucius. Lucius is Sam’s son, who we’ve seen experimenting with magic and in this issue he finally conjures something up but it’s not exactly what he was looking for.
“Doom Patrol” is a comic book about being alone. It’s about being considered weird or an outcast and finding bonds with other people like that. In the middle of all the things going on with Sam and his recently returned wife, Valerie, have kind of forgotten their already lonely son Lucius. He’s even more isolated and alienated than before and that makes him an easy target for Mr. Nobody. Lucius has been forgotten and ignored and now he’s found a family of sorts – a chosen family, not all that different from the Doom Patrol. Way’s scripts continue to be really solid and genuinely wacky but with a lot of heart. It isn’t too different from his music in that sense and it’s the kind of thing you need to see with Doom Patrol on a regular basis. One of the nicest things about “Doom Patrol” has been how easy it is to follow as a new fan and that’s the case with “Doom Patrol” #9 as Mr. Nobody appears in this new series for the first time. Way gives context without forcing the reader to know everything and anything. “Doom Patrol” changes with the times and that’s what this issue does in spades.
Nick Derington, Tom Fowler and Tamra Bonvillain are working magic on these pages. Without a doubt, “Doom Patrol” is one of the most visually stunning series on a consistent basis. It’s vibrant, weird and most importantly, fun. One of my favorite things about this issue is how many different things Derington and Bonvillain do. They seamlessly transition into each different facet of the story and each of these parts has something very unique about it. There’s this grungy thing going on with Lucius’ room until Nobody appears and then that all becomes very surreal. Derington’s character designs for Nobody’s new crew all represent something really different and weird and it makes them all instantly memorable. Bonvillain’s colors are wonderful. The first part of this issue is worth taking a closer look at because there is such an infusion of pinks and blue hues that kind of lay under everything else. It isn’t quite surreal but it doesn’t feel “realistic” and it’s this that gives “Doom Patrol” a very unique feeling compared to anything else. There are lots of great sight gags in the background and the from the first page, this issue pushes itself to be bold and succeeds.
“Doom Patrol” #9 is another strong issue of a series that should be talked about more. It’s everything I want from comic books.