Milk Wars: JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1

Writer: Steve Orlando, Gerard Way, Magdalene Visaggio Artist: Aco, Sonny Liew Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 21
8.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"MILK WARS" part one! Welcome to the un-event of the year! Kicking off a line-wide adventure, DC's Young Animal collides with the DC Universe to bring you a different kind of crossover. The Doom Patrol has discovered that an interdimensional corporation called RetCo has been stealing stories, reconfiguring them and repackaging them for new markets. Our gang of misfit heroes have felt the touch of this nefarious company, and it has already started to change them. Even scarier, though, is how deeply RetCo has embedded itself into current continuity, using the radioactive milk of psychic cows to quell the more dangerous impulses of the Justice L more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Feb 1, 2018

    I almost always say that "fun" is one of the most important elements in comics. Whether it be serious or humorous, conveying "fun" is at the heart of the medium of sequential art (thanks Will Eisner.) They used to be called "funny books" after all. Doom Patrol with all it's weirdness, always manages to maintain this sense of fun. Transporting the broader DC Universe to the world of the Doom Patrol is perhaps the apex of the notion of fun. Even if you've never read an issue of Doom Patrol,I believe this issue extremely enjoyable through that notion of fun, because it relies on one's basic knowledge of the first super-hero, Superman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 1, 2018

    "Milk Wars" showcases a unique and strange form of bravery, and makes superhero comics feel important again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jan 31, 2018

    Enjoy this comic for the existential examination it is. I do. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jan 31, 2018

    In JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1, Gerard Way, Steve Orlando, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Tamra Bonvillain, and Marissa Louise combine the best of DC Rebirth and the best of Young Animal in one beautiful, oversized package. And as a bonus, Mags Visaggio and Sonny Liew begin to tell the poetic, retro-styled origin story of Eternity Girl in a two page backup. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 1, 2018

    There is a lot of meta stuff in this, which works exceptionally well. I love the discussion on how the archetypes of Wonder Woman and Batman are more universal, and thus more malleable, than that of Superman, who has repeatedly proved resilient to change. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Connor Willesden Jan 31, 2018

    A fantastic first issue filled with weird and wonderful content. Brilliant writing and fantastic art make this a must read! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 31, 2018

    If I had time, I'd take a corkboard and start arranging comic book clippings with color strings to try and make sure I understand everything that's happened in the book. There's a lot going on and the rest of the Milk Wars are probably going to follow suit. But if you've been following any of the Young Animal titles, if you're a fan of offbeat, off-the-rails humor, you'll find yourself bewildered in the best possible way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 31, 2018

    Lots of fun in a unique, retro way, celebrating both teams and their unusual memberships. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Eric Brown Feb 4, 2018

    This issue is full-on weird, but more importantly, fun. It's very cool to see these Young Animal books finally meet the DC Universe proper. I feel like this event could have some very real and lasting impact on the Multiverse. I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the rest. While it's a little out there and leaves a lot of questions hanging, this event is definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 31, 2018

    Like most of the Young Animal line, JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 is a little too weird and eccentric to be to every reader's liking. But if you enjoy a healthy dose of psychedelic imagery and fourth wall-breaking storytelling in your superhero comics, this issue won't disappoint. It makes the most of this oddball pairing even as it sets the stage for a wealth of new crossovers to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Jan 31, 2018

    JLA/DOOM PATROL #1: an oversized issue giving us a bright meta-story that peels apart the universe as we know it. The most psychedelic DC crossover to happen yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jan 31, 2018

    The story kicks off abruptly and is immediately suffused with high weirdness that does not abate right up to the last page. Some new character designs offer fans of the JLA some interest, while those reading Young Animal titles will feel right at home among the strange. You might, too! Give this book a look, even if you aren't normally so inclined. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Jeremy Joanes Jan 30, 2018

    Milk Wars continues the weirdness of Doom Patrol and invites the JLA along for the ride. Its fun and insightful without being too silly and pretentious. Its exciting to see how this story plays out especially after looking the cover for the following issues which feature Batman as a priest and Wonder Woman as 50's housewife. If you like trippy visuals and storytelling and crazy versions of old characters or are just a fan of the new Doom Patrol series, check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 31, 2018

    Reading this book, with its simplicity of intent, I am reminded ofquite of lot of the movies Pleasantville and The Truman Show. If you fancy a walk on the non-straightforward, pot shot taking side, this book could be just the one to compliment the more standard superhero books in your collection and a great way to start becoming familiar with the Young Animal imprint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Jan 31, 2018

    Damn, there's quite a bit of meat on this bone. It's this week's must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Kelly Gaines Feb 14, 2018

    If you'd told me five years ago that Gerard Way is going to be the person to save DC, I would not have believed it for a second. I was never really even a fan of My Chemical Romance, so the idea that their lead singer might take the reins on my favorite comic universe would have been unfathomable. But he did it, he took them, and he's pulling it off magnificently. Milk Wars is going to be a fun ride. For any fan of DC, I consider it a must-read. Forget this whole Doomsday Clock nonsense, take a break from Dark Nights Metal, and pick up some of the Young Animals titles. You'll regret missing out on this hurricane of insanity and milk. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 1, 2018

    This is an awkward start to "Milk Wars," in part because it seems to reference a bit of the events of the as-yet-unreleased Doom Patrol #11, but it's not too hard to fill in the gaps if you've been keeping up with that book. There's definitely a lot more here for Young Animal readers than there is for casual fans of the DCU. But this crossover could open a few eyes, especially as we'll see the other Young Animal characters touching the DCU in future installments of this "un-event." ACO is the star in this issue, and I hope we get to see more from him soon. The whole art eam gels incredibly well and provides a decent if odd foundation for one of the most strangely-titled crossovers in comic book history. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Feb 2, 2018

    Whether the project will actually succeed in warping the minds of alternative and mainstream audiences alike depends on how the rest of the DC/Young Animal mashups pan out. As far as this issue goes, it feels much more like JLA doing a cameo in Doom Patrol than a harmonized synthesis of the two. That's not a bad thing. You definitely need to read this comic. Just be warned: it's not for the faint of mind. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jan 31, 2018

    Super weird, and not immediately to its benefit. This issue takes its time getting anywhere, but when it finally does it approaches greatness. Part of that comes from Way and Orlando's writing styles taking a while to gel together, as the incredibly disparate worlds their respective teams inhabit aren't immediately compatible. Once it clicks, though, this becomes one of the strangest mainstream stories I've read in some time, and that's in the best possible way. If further installments can keep the same visual excellence and eventual narrative intrigue that this issue achieved, "Milk Wars" may be a (non)event for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 31, 2018

    Combining the most unconventional DC team book at the moment with maybe the most unconventional book DC has ever put out, the premiere chapter of the Milk Wars crossover in the JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 will either win you over or turn you off, and which of those it does will likely depend heavily on your tolerance for the Doom Patrol comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekery Magazine - Will Morin Feb 6, 2018

    Still, the book holds its own, throws in a few humorous and witty elements and sets up the impending multi-part crossover well. If youve been following either book as of late, youll be happy to see these worlds collide, just dont expect something as sophisticated as those old Vertigo stories. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 1, 2018

    In any case, the JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 is alright at best and frustrating at worse. Again, Ill admit that Ways Doom Patrol is really not my thing, but even beyond personal taste, this comic feels pretty self-congratulatory despite using a very well-worn premise of weirdoes in the Leave it to Beaver/Father Knows Best nightmare. Its not awful. There are some fun moments and good character interactions. However, the whole venture wavers towards mediocrity more than anything else. If youre a big fan of Ways Doom Patrol, you may still be entertained and engaged. Otherwise, I don't recommend it, and its certainly not a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 0.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Feb 7, 2018

    A Morrison send up thats bright, fun, dense and more on-the-nose than it purports to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Haand Jan 31, 2018

    Orlando and Aco really click on action scenes; this reminds me of my favorite parts of their Midnighter run. Way provides all the weirdness that has made the current Doom Patrol so great, too. I'm really, really happy with what this issue brought.

  • 8.5
    Jack's Yattering Jan 31, 2018

    I enjoyed MILK WARS Part 1 quite a bit. Steve Orlando has a certain chemistry with Aco that I haven't, yet, seen in any of his other work (unfortunately) . I can't help but think that I would have enjoyed this issue MUCH more if the core DOOM PATROL series was up to date. MILK WARS, obviously, continues from the current (late and unfinished) storyline going on in DOOM PATROL. I can't help but think this may enjoy this issue even more once I've read DOOM PATROL #11...when and if it comes out.
    SCORE: 8.3

  • 10
    FrenchLover Jan 31, 2018

    Gerard Way is the best writer for this title

  • 10
    jess212 Feb 3, 2018

    Milk Wars has one detraction against it in my eyes and that’s the fact that it spoils some of the central narrative of the Doom Patrol comic currently being published under the Young Animal line by Gerard Way and Nick Derington. This isssue is a nice middle ground for what one would come to expect form Way and Orlando. I must mention though that Aco’s herculean effort in illustrating The meeting of the JLA and The Doom Patrol really makes the book sing. This is an impressive homage to the Morrison era of Doom Patrol from Milkman to Retconn Orlando and Way work fantastically as they navigate the outright insanity Retconn and their machinations. Fun and unique this is a wild ride and I look forward to the next installment.

  • 9.5
    SloboSOY Feb 1, 2018

    Doom Patrol 11 isn't publish than Milky War part 1 is. At least there is a sentiment of continuity between issue 10 & JLA/Doom Patrol.
    Like always the story is completely lunatic but fun to read. Their is some part I have trouble with, but I hope issue 10 will explain that.
    Love the Milkyman Man idea & his true legacy. Love the lobo of neighborhood watch ^^ ... A nice parallel between Casey & killer Frost.
    I will watch my milk with more suspicion now ^^

    Cover - The Milkyman man himself. 1.5/2
    Story - Love dumbs idea when that give great stuff like that. 3/3
    Arts - Sweet, the multiple double page for the fight his really inventive (Even if that unravel the story a little).3/3
    Feelings - Well I will fo more

  • 8.5
    Big Brother Feb 1, 2018

    This is an easier to read and quirky version of Morrison "meta." If you can't handle comics about comics, you won't like this.

  • 3.0
    JBL Reviews Jan 31, 2018

    Feels hipster like I’m supposed to like it because it’s quirky

  • 10
    danielannam Feb 8, 2018

    Goddamn, this story was weird. And fun. So much fun. I admit, I'm not really a fan of Doom Patrol, but after this, I'm definitely checking out their other stories. The team seems to have a dynamic, a chemistry between characters that is lacking in other comics. I still don't know the characters well enough, but this is what I like in a comic book; the characters had clear personalities, the verbal exposition was kept to a minimum, and the story was unique. Excellent book.

    And don't get me started on the art, yo. The visuals kept me entertained throughout the reading, and it worked so well with the story. It was implemented appropriately, and made this book what it is.

    Do yourself a favor and read this.

    10/1 more

  • 9.0
    Troy Feb 2, 2018

    I am not entirely sure what happened, but I like it.

  • 7.5
    HOSHWE Feb 1, 2018

    The story is amazing but the art is walking a thin line between really good and jarringly awful, making it a real challenge to read through it. Reading of previous issues of JLA, Doom Patrol, and other Young Animal books is required to get the full scope of story. It is enjoyable as is, but understandably very difficult to get into.

  • 10
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  • 10
    that dude Feb 2, 2018

  • 9.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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