Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 Review

Written by: Dennis Culver
Art by: Chris Burnham
Colors by: Brian Reber
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Cover art by: Chris Burnham
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: April 25, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 begins Peacemaker's master plan to infiltrate and destroy the Doom Patrol from within. Will he succeed?

Is It Good?

 If your very first question is, "Why does Peacemaker want to destroy Doom Patrol?" you'd be asking a very valid question that doesn't really get an answer in Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2. Dennis Culver expects readers to just go along with it, so if you can just go along with it, this issue is weird but okay.

We catch up with the team as they bring in more Lazarus Storm mutants for protection, sanctuary, and possibly new members of the team. A current recruit is a young man named Worm, who has a sentient worm named Velvet that can detach from his stomach. It's not clear if Velvet has any special abilities, but we soon learn Worm and Velvet are undercover plants for Peacemaker.

Through Worm's grand tour of the Doom Patrol HQ, readers get a great primer on the assortment of Doom Patrol members, how the facility is run, and more. If you want a who's who of Doom Patrol members, past and present, you'll be satisfied with this issue.

However, a tour does not a story make. The plot is almost thin enough to be non-existent. Worm comes in, looks around, and follows Peacemaker's orders to gather data. There's a last-minute development with Worm that gives the comic some meat, but this issue is almost entirely world-building.

If you're a fan of Doom Patrol or at least familiar with the lore, you'll get nothing of value from this issue. New readers may have a better time.

As for Chris Burnham's art, it's fine and on-brand for Doom Patrol. The character designs are weird and occasionally grotesque. The linework for the HQ grand tour is impressively detailed, and Brian Reber's coloring is excellent. Admittedly, this art style is not everyone's cup of tea, but it is on-brand for Doom Patrol.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 delivers an impressive amount of world-building for new readers but doesn't do much in terms of setup or plot. If you're new to Doom Patrol, you may like the primer. For existing fans, there's not much here you don't already know.


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