Doom Patrol season two is just around the corner! Check out my season one review PLUS 5 Doom Patrol must read comic books!
Something you probably already know about me is how much I love comic books. Admittedly, I read more Marvel than DC, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy DC. In fact, my daughter is named after Poison Ivy and Joker is my favorite villain of all time. But one series that I haven’t known much about is Doom Patrol.
When I first watched the trailer for season one of Doom Patrol, I was very intrigued. It looked interesting, and there were a lot of fun new characters I knew nothing about. There was also a few I knew a little about, and one in particular I knew a lot about (Cyborg). Not to mention Alan Tudyk is a part of the show and I love me some Alan Tudyk.
From the moment I started watching Doom Patrol, I was hooked. Alan Tudyk’s character, Mr. Nobody, quickly hit my top three villains list. His powers are pretty impressive. I don’t want to give too much away but as the season goes on, he gets cooler and cooler.
I have always been a fan of super hero team ups so therefore ensemble movies and shows are some of my favorites. It has always seemed like Marvel does it better, especially when it comes to taking them off the pages of their comic books and putting them on screen. But wow, did Doom Patrol impress me.
Not only did this show get me completely invested in every character by the third episode, I became invested in the new ones that joined as it went on as well. I was late to start, but binged the whole first season in just three days. Every time an episode ended, I couldn’t hit play on the next one quick enough.
The ending of the final episode of the season though had me begging for more. So the fact that season two is starting soon has me over the moon! If you haven’t watched season one of Doom Patrol yet, you have time. Binge it all on HBO Max today and get ready for season two coming on June 25th.
5 Must Read Doom Patrol Comic Books
I have to admit that before watching the first season of Doom Patrol, I had not read any of the comic books. After watching it? I just HAD to check some out. This is how much I loved it, that I needed more, before season two was going to come out.
So here are some comic books that I suggest you read if you want to get to know the Doom Patrol a little better.
Gathering all of the original, offbeat adventures from the 1960s in one massive omnibus collection! One of the strangest superhero teams of all time, The Doom Patrol starred in a very successful Vertigo series in the 1980s, written by Grant Morrison.
This fast-paced volume introduces The Doom Patrol, led by their wheelchair-bound chief, Niles Calder, three outcasts of society–Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Robotman–take the qualities that make them freaks and become heroes. Together, the trio would take on bizarre menaces including General Immortus, the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man and the Brotherhood of Evil!
Collects MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80-85, THE DOOM PATROL #86-121 and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #65. Purchase here.
The groundbreaking series from Grant Morrison that led American comics in a wholly unexpected direction. Originally conceived in the 1960s by the visionary team of writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani, the Doom Patrol was reborn a generation later through Grant Morrison’s singular imagination.
Though they are super-powered beings, and though their foes are bent on world domination, convention ends there. Shunned as freaks and outcasts, and tempered by loss and insanity, this band of misfits faces threats so mystifying in nature and so corrupted in motive that reality itself threatens to fall apart around them—but it’s still all in a day’s work for the Doom Patrol.
Written by Grant Morrison and featuring art by Richard Case, John Nyberg, Doug Braithwaite, Scott Hanna and Carlos Garzón, Doom Patrol Book One collects issues #19-34 and includes introductions by Morrison and editor Tom Peyer. Purchase here.
Originally conceived in the 1960s by the visionary team of writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani, the Doom Patrol was reborn a generation later through the singular imagination of a young Scottish author — and the result took American comics in a wholly unexpected direction.
In forging their new path, the reborn World’s Strangest Heroes left behind almost every vestige of normality. Though they are super-powered beings, and though their foes are bent on world domination, all that is conventional ends there. Shunned as freaks and outcasts, and tempered by loss and insanity, this band of misfits faces threats so mystifying in nature and so corrupted in motive that reality itself threatens to fall apart around them — but it’s still all in a day’s work for the Doom Patrol.
Written by Grant Morrison and featuring art by Richard Case, Mark McKenna, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg and Steve Yeowell, DOOM PATROL BOOK TWO collects issues #35-50 of the groundbreaking series and includes a foreword and special sketchbook section from Morrison. Purchase here.
The Doom Patrol must face new challenges: the final fate of the Brotherhood of Dada, the rise of the unstoppable Candlemaker, Danny the Street meeting his cosmic destiny and Crazy Jane attempting to find her place in the world. Sound strange? Well, not as strange as the superhero team fighting them.
This exciting continuation from author Grant Morrison picks up in DOOM PATROL BOOK THREE, with art by Brian Bolland, Richard Case, Philip Bond, Ken Steacy, Sean Phillips and more.
Collects DOOM PATROL #51-63 and the legendary DOOM FORCE SPECIAL #1. Purchase here.
The World’s Strangest Heroes are back, in the way that only the legendary writer/artist John Byrne can deliver! Picking up in the wake of the events of “The Tenth Circle” saga in JLA, this series reunites Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Niles Caulder with a host of edgy new heroes. Byrne, best known for his unforgettable work on Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four, picked up threads of his previous story from the JLA to reintroduce the Doom Patrol.
Along the way, the team encounters the vampiric threat of Crucifer, heads to the Antarctic to stop a pack of mysterious creatures from before the dawn of time, rescues a team of scientists conducting ocean research from an ancient, deadly species of monsters and much more.
Collects Doom Patrol (2004) #1-18 JLA #94-99, the Doom Patrol adventure from Secret Origins Annual #1, Superman #20 and behind the scenes material. Purchase here.
About Doom Patrol Season One
A re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities–but also left them scarred and disfigured.
Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence–and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
Picking up after the events of Titans, Doom Patrol will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.
Binge Doom Patrol Season One on HBO MAX or DC Universe before Season Two starts on June 25th!