cover image Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick by Brick

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick by Brick

Gerard Way, Nick Derrington, and Tamra Bonvillain. DC, $16.99 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-1-4012-6979-1

Way (The Umbrella Academy) delivers a reunion that pulls a lot of the past into the future as this classic DC team tries to reunite around a new face, ambulance driver Casey Brinke. This requires a reintroduction to some classic characters like Robotman and Negative Man, and time to let readers get to know Casey and care about her mysterious role in the reformation of the team. In rounding up players from the past, including the ever-morphing sentient roadway, Danny the Street—now an ambulance as well as other things—and the unstable Crazy Jane—now a crucial final component to the team—Way offers a mind-bending chase through an alternate reality. While fans of previous versions of Doom Patrol will enjoy the reappearance of old favorites, Way’s breezy, humorous tone welcomes new recruits. Artist Derrington provides a cartoonish flair to the fun, and Bonvillain’s coloring adds a vibrant, surreal edge. (June)