Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 Review



Written by: Dennis Culver
Art by: David LaFuente
Colors by: Brian Reber
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Cover art by: Chris Burnha, Brian Reber
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: July 11, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 pays a visit to Dr. Syncho, aka Jerry, as the Doom Patrol's resident therapist to find out how everyone is doing.Is It Good?

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 marks the mid-point+ of the 7-issue series, and one point is inescapably clear - Dennis Culver doesn't have a story to tell, never had a story to tell, and isn't going to tell a story. This mini-series is simply a collection of random issues that, individually, may or may not have a point, so if you're looking for anything remotely resembling a plot or direction, look elsewhere.

When last we left the Doom Patrol, they encountered a meta infected with one of Starro's spores who somehow managed to still be in control. A pair of visiting Green Lanterns felt just the mere presence of a spore on Earth was too risky, so the chase/fight was on.

Now, the founding members of the Doom Patrol visit Dr. Syncho ("call me Jerry") to recount their origin stories and emotional hangups. That's it.

I'm not kidding. When I say Dennis Culver has no story to tell, there is no story here. Culver has taken each issue as an opportunity to explore different facets of Doom Patrol's existence without adding anything to those facets or revealing something new. It's the storytelling equivalent of entering your living room and sitting in a different chair every day of the week to gain a new perspective.

Why does this title exist? I'd eventually love to hear an explanation because if there's a point to make, Culver is missing it spectacularly.

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 #4 allows the founding members to visit Dr. Syncho to recount their origin stories and current emotional hangups. That's it. Culver is not telling a story or doing anything more than retelling information we already know. It's sad, but this issue, much like the series, is pointless.


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