Doom Patrol #1
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Doom Patrol #1

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen Artist: Matthew Clark, Kevin Maguire Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 5, 2009 Critic Reviews: 11
5.9Critic Rating
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The world's strangest super heroes are back! When it comes to the bizarre and the strange, forget the Justice League and call the Doom Patrol! Plus, a Metal Men backup feature by written Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with art by Kevin Maguire!

  • 8.2
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 5, 2009

    If there was ever a property that was meant for the sitcom treatment, it's Dr. Magnus' metal maniacs. And judging from this first installment, this title might be worth the cover price if only for its back-up. Thankfully, the main feature is also pretty damn good, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Marlowe Lewis Aug 9, 2009

    In summation I believe that three and a half stars is a fair number for this comic debut but it would have been four if the Metal Men had been the lead feature. So if D.C are out there listening, I would just like to say that there is nothing wrong with this Doom Patrol revamp but the correct reply to the question 'Who's on First?' really should be Doc Magnus and his crew. So maybe the patron saint of New York City, St Nicholas, could work his seasonal magic on the inhabitants of 1700 Broadway and affect a line-up change. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 6, 2009

    A twenty-page Doom Patrol tale, ten pages of Metal Men mayhem and four pages from "Magog" make this issue a solid buy for this week. Let's see what Giffen does to top this next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kyle Garret Aug 9, 2009

    I absolutely love this combination of characters in a single book. Honestly, I'd gladly pay another extra dollar if they could add a good Challengers of the Unknown feature to this, but that's just me. Maybe we'll get that when DC does their next price hike. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Judy Aug 9, 2009

    This is an above average comic book, with every reason to believe the next issue will be better, so my suggestion: Newbies, give it a try; diehard fans, pick it up; everyone else, come back next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 9, 2009

    There's lots of humor, great art, a breezy story - it's like a breath of fresh air after the grim world of the Doom Patrol. When it comes to this issue, split between Doom Patrol and Metal Men, I vote for more of the latter and less of the former. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Aug 9, 2009

    Anyway, with the Doom Patrol, I'm in. We've got the core team, we've got a lot of bad attitudes, now all we need is the right art and some good stories. Weirdly good. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 10, 2009

    Fortunately, the Metal Men backup feature redeems this comic book somewhat. Giffen and DeMatteis deliver the same kind of fun they did with their various humor-era Justice League comics of the late 1980s. The Metal Men lend themselves to slapstick comedy, and the creators make the most of it. Kevin Maguire, the writers' artistic collaborator from Justice League demonstrates he's still a perfect fit for their brand of funny. While I've not read any of the original Silver Age Metal Men stories, I think the writers' take on Gold's personality here is a new one, and I like that the team leader now has personality flaws like the others. The running gag about the new team member, Copper, is a blast as well. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 9, 2009

    In the second story, the Metal Men infiltrate Brazil near some sort of Mayan (or perhaps Incan?) ziggurat pyramid in order to recover a large ruby off a pedestal that is guarded by a giant talking stone idol that dates back a few thousand years. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Aug 9, 2009

    Most likely, I won't be finding out if I'm wrong. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Aug 10, 2009

    Fortunately, Matthew Clark turns in some solid art, and if there's any reason to continue reading this, it's to see more of what he can do. On a final note, this is the first issue of DC's new pricing plan that I've picked up, and my first impression is that this can really work. Basically, even though this is Doom Patrol #1, you're paying $3.99 for 20 pages of Doom Patrol (2 pages less than a typical 22 page comic retailing for $2.99) and 10 pages of a second feature story. This issue featyred the Metal Men as the backup, which I thought was a ridiculous waste of time as I hate everything about them, but I nonetheless can appreciate that DC is at least offering me more content to justify their price, which is a hell of a lot more than I can say for Marvel. Based on this first issue, I don't think I'll stick around to pick up the second, but I may come back to try the graphic novel if and when it's released. Buy at your own risk. Read Full Review

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