Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1

Writer: Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert Artist: James Harvey Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 3, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 21
8.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

All hail the Supreme Shape! Gerard Way and the World's Strangest Superheroes return in an all-new series that takes them beyond the borders of time and space! Featuring artwork by acclaimed cartoonist James Harvey, this issue finds the Doom Patrol facing off against the fanatical fitness fiends of planet Orbius and the Marathon Eternal! Meanwhile, Cliff Steele, formerly known as Robotman, must come to terms with his new body of flesh and bone...yet the real test turns out to be something far more frightening: his mom.

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jun 24, 2019

    This was a fantastic start to a new series that promises equal doses of superpowers and super-pathos. Long live the Doom Patrol and long live Young Animal! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 5, 2019

    VerdictFor those lamenting the upcoming demise of Vertigo, Young Animal is probably for you! Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 blends satire with emotional resonance and intellectual depth through a thematic approach to storytelling. It's aimed at a reader looking for something more, but still manages to retain a sense of “fun!” Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Jul 3, 2019

    If you've ever loved the Doom Patrol, in any of their many, many forms, then Weight of the Worlds cannot be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 3, 2019

    This is a nice start to a new series. It seems promising. Only time can tell but if the other issues are as good as this one then we might just be in for a real treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jul 3, 2019

    With Young Animal standing as the last of the DC imprints, Doom Patrol will continue to tow the line despite such great lengths of time between issues. With a new direction and creative team to back Gerard Way up in the creation process, fans cross their fingers in hopes of this niche titles continued survival and success. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Nicole Herviou Jun 19, 2019

    It's back and I am so happy! This book is just a joy to read. It has humor, it has twists, and it has emotion. It covers important topics, while also being so freaking strange. The characters are all on a personal journey, and the plot is exciting and thoughtful. And this issue's art team really brought their A-game. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 3, 2019

    James Harvey's art is fantastic. Mixing different visual styles is the perfect way to tell a story like this and every page is a visual feast for the eyes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jul 3, 2019

    'Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds #1' is a whimsical return to form for Gerard Way and company. With spectacular visuals, intricate plotting and a unique perspective of positivity, the return of Doom Patrol proves that DC's Young Animal pop-up imprint still has a lot to offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jul 3, 2019

    This unusual group of superheroes is supposed to be weird, and there is enough of that here, but with Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds, we get accessibility with all the good parts left in. This new version is wholly worthwhile for fans new and old. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jul 4, 2019

    There is no question that Way really understands what the Doom Patrol is about. And James Harvey seems to be a perfect visual accompaniest. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jul 3, 2019

    Doom Patrol returns to form with a bizarre, dark, sometimes humorous, and character-driven first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Jun 27, 2019

    If you've every enjoyed a Doom Patrol book in the past or like the series, give this a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 4, 2019

    This title isn't so much a narrative as it is an experience, but so far it's an experience I want to take again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 10, 2019

    If you have been missing the Doom Patrol in comic book form, then Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 will be the welcome return you've been waiting for. Armed with a clear direction, appropriately insane plot, and dynamite visuals, Young Animal's flagship title is back in a big way. Though you'll have to wait until July 3 to get a look at the strangeness yourself, we assure you Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 is a re-debut you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Jul 8, 2019

    "Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds" #1 is a colorful and bizarre return and an excellent reintroduction to Way's take on the Doom Patrol. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Jul 9, 2019

    Overall this is a great issue to get to know Doom Patrol, whether you're a complete newbie, a lapsed reader or you've seen the television series and want more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jul 9, 2019

    The Doom Patrol are a team once more, fixing weird injustices in crazy settings with incredible chemistry between the characters. Finally, we may have a Doom Patrol title that lives up to the legendary Grant Morrision run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Chris Jul 3, 2019

    Weirdo characters, an attempt at depth, and some "meta" commentary on comic book history.  Basically everything we've come to expect from "current year" Doom Patrol.  It's good for what it is, but I'm not sure it was completely worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Jul 3, 2019

    While thisDoom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 doesn't deliver anything astounding, I urge new fans to stick with the series. I've seen the products that Way can deliver, and I think you will not be disappointed. He is a deep, and thoughtful writer, and heavily involves those on his creative team to contribute. With issue one though, it was fun, deep, but I'm hoping for more moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Jul 7, 2019

    The stuff with Cliff Steele was good... Mostly. The stuff with Jude Law forcing fat people to be muscular was not. I don't like weirdness for the sake of it and that's all that was. I wasn't the biggest fan of Way's first run because of it, and that was before I started reading Morrison's run. Now having read some of that, it just makes this feel even more inferior by comparison. But... There are glimpses of hope. Like I said, the Cliff stuff was mostly well done, and it's the only reason I'm invested at all.

  • 4.0
    AdmiralWhiskers Jul 3, 2019

    Words cannot truly express the level of disappointment that I have with this book, but I will try.

    First, Gerard Way was allowed to totally disregard the fact that the DC Universe streaming service delivered a critically acclaimed season of live-action Doom Patrol. Instead, he started the book -- a first issue, mind you -- announcing that this was issue 13 of his arc. Right off the bat, new readers from the TV show are going to wonder what in the world is going on.

    And I did.

    But fear not! Way has an editor, and the editor has editor's notes! Those notes are plastered throughout this book in the same manner that you plastered Beth's cubicle with post-its as a prank for her birthday. They are EVERYWHER more

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  • 10
    Inknight033 Jul 3, 2019

    Absolutely awesome. It's a must pick for anyone who loves doom patrol.

  • 9.0

    I missed this book.

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Aug 16, 2019

    Weird, with some issues, but I think I have a good tolerance for weird.

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Jul 3, 2019


    -I didn't hate the art? I really miss Nick Derington though. For all of the flaws of Gerard Way's original 12-issue run, at least the art was always a pleasure.

    -I liked Cliff… a lot actually. I don't remember much about him from the original 12 issue run, so he couldn't have been written that well there. But his story here was great. The only parts of the issue I really enjoyed, if I'm being honest.

    THE BAD:

    -Sigh. More Gerard Way. Yay… This seems to check all the Gerard Way DP boxes… lazy writing (check), forced weirdness (check), weak characters (check…mostly).

    -I don't like Casey at all. In the first Gerard Way series, she was an unnecessary new character who was more

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  • 10
    Mohammad robin Jul 2, 2019


  • 7.5
    rayonymous Aug 17, 2019

    Weight of the Worlds #1, a comic that is good (but not great) for a comeback of Gerard Way's Doom Patrol.

  • 6.5
    Full Spread Aug 6, 2019

    It's weird, but maybe not enough? The central concept of an evil fitness planet is mediocre at best. However, it's even blander done in the most cliche way possible. Granted, it's likely self-aware...but it's not funny or a subversion. So who cares?

    Interesting change up of art. Took me a while to get used to all the small panels, but it works.

    Too many characters now. Casey is all but forgotten.

    Also, the little editor's notes annoyed me. If you're trying to catch up new need to do a lot more than that.

  • 6.0
    Stein Jul 18, 2019

    I didn’t love the art, and was bugged by small inconsistencies throughout. Like when a character is apparently kickflipping down some stairs and ... but then is holding a longboard in the next panel?!

    At least the story was properly weird.

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    Lock Jul 3, 2019

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    Rocker97 Jul 3, 2019

  • 10
    Knight Side Jul 3, 2019

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Dec 21, 2019

  • 9.5
    MistMiracle Aug 7, 2019

  • 9.0

  • 9.0
    BitchWitcher Jul 3, 2019

  • 8.5
    Nickweiser Jul 4, 2019

  • 8.0
    RocketedToEarth Jul 31, 2019

  • 8.0
    batman_forever Apr 18, 2020

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