Milk Wars: Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1

Writer: Steve Orlando, Gerard Way Artist: Dale Eaglesham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 28, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 9
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

"MILK WARS" finale! As RetCo's foundation shatters, the Young Animal teams come together with the Justice League and even more DC Universe heroes to finish the job. The only problem is, Milkman Man and RetCo still stand in their way. To right reality, the heroes of Young Animal and the DC Universe will have to unlock an outrageous power never before seen on any world!
This mind-blowing conclusion will establish new realities for all of the DC's Young Animal titles. Look for the return of Cave Carson, Shade and Mother Panic next month!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 28, 2018

    As Casey said, strange deserves a shot, and this finale really made that shot count. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Mar 4, 2018

    The Young Animals books definitely deserve to be given a chance, or a second chance. The Milk Wars succeeded in creating a really fun story that will, hopefully, pay off with increased readership. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Feb 28, 2018

    It bears repeating: this comic is weird af, but each member of the creative team for Doom Patrol/JLA make that a shining element of this comic. Seeing all these characters together is cool enough, but the ending speaks volumes not just to the story but the medium of comics as a whole. Diving into the various meanings of this text was beyond enjoyable, and Im glad we are getting more stories in this vein. This story in particular is a reminder that bringing worlds together can be a fun ride and is an important part of engaging continuity. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Connor Willesden Feb 28, 2018

    A fantastic issue from a fantastic event. One of the best events done in recent times with no forced tie-ins from other books. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Eric Brown Mar 7, 2018

    The Milk Wars have been a wild and sometimes confusing ride, but this issue ties everything together beautifully. The perfect closer to a very fun event, full of twists and genuinely touching moments. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 1, 2018

    Doom Patrol/JLA Specialisn't just an entertaining comic that is filled to the brim with hopefulness, it's a paradigm for how superhero stories can be told. Basically, Gerard Way, Steve Orlando, Dale Eaglesham, Nick Derington, Tamra Bonvillain, and Marissa Louise are saying that superhero comics are pretty damn weird, and they can embrace this strangeness, be inspirational and even funny, and not just be grist in the mill of real life Retconns aka their corporate overlords. Because of this, I'm excited to see what Young Animal does next with itsEternity Girl,Shade the Changing Woman,Mother Panic: Gotham A.D., andCave Carson Has An Interstellar Eyecomics that get short, unobtrusive teasers inDoom Patrol/JLA Special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Feb 28, 2018

    There are hauntingly beautiful moments and equally jubilant moments that leave you trying to verbalize "$%!?" It's weird. It escalates quickly. If you haven't been keeping up, maybe wait for the trade. If you have been though, pick up your pull and put this on top. You're in for a trip and the genesis of the next wave of Young Animal titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 1, 2018

    "Milk Wars" has been a fun and offbeat story that successfully teamed the Young Animal characters with the mainstream DC Universe. While the resolution was typical Young Animal, it also was a bit too Young Animal. No reason to fret too much, though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Eric Brown Mar 1, 2018

    Another weird entry into the Milk Wars, but one that is very fun and fills in a lot of gaps in the overall story. Essential reading for the Milk Wars, and all around a solid issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Kelly Gaines Mar 1, 2018

    The best way I can sum up Milk Wars is to say this: it was one hell of an event. I doubt this will be a universal fan favorite, and for some readers, it might be a complete waste of time. However, if you're a fan of playing with the concept of narrative, or a DC virtuoso, I would recommend giving it a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 28, 2018

    The event definitely delivers the wonder and joy and craziness of comics. (Something that's largely been missing from the Metal event.) Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 1, 2018

    Too much of this issue unfolds like a standard superhero slug-fest. It's only later on that the emphasis shifts back to the bizarre plot twists and self-aware moments that have made the crossover so entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Feb 28, 2018

    "Milk Wars" is a flawed crossover, but there's still more to love than dislike about these characters and their absurd adventure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Mar 2, 2018

    Even for the craziest of plots, I love how I feel like an inspired kid after reading this due to the subplots. Even today, I feel encouraged and strong. On that alone, this issue is a success. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Mar 1, 2018

    It's not for me. I like Orlando and Way quite a bit, but this story just didn't deliver. The early promise of wackiness loses steam long before the conclusion, which comes from out of nowhere thanks to a character's ill-defined power set. It generally looks fantastic throughout, barring some pseudo-religious imagery that is too abstract to tantalize and too bizarre to offend, but that's not enough to make it worth recommending. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Feb 28, 2018

    It's a reboot, folks. That's all this has been leading to the whole time. I doubt you'll get your money back from the retailer, but for twenty-five bucks this should have been a lot more. The artwork is gorgeous, but cannot stem my anger at having been duped. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 1, 2018

    Metanarratives can be interesting, but they have to mean or do something, otherwise youre just breaking the suspension of disbelief for no reason. Doom Patrol/JLA did that. I could not begin to be engaged with this story. The moments of emotional resonance were view. Eagleshams artwork at least made the pages look good, but it couldnt make up for the utter nonsense drowning out anything resembling a coherent plot. Stay far from this one. Give it a hard pass. Read Full Review

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