So many questions. Where is Larry Trainor? Who is Larry Trainor? What is Larry Trainor? And WHERE is Larry Trainor?
Doom Patrol #2 opens with a scene that re-introduces us to test pilot Larry Trainor, classic Doom Patrol’s Negative Man. In a bizarre sequence that reveals Trainor’s co-pilot to be a matryoshka nesting doll, we take a smash cut to a corner stand selling the dolls, where Trainor proceeds to start a fight with two strangely dressed passersby.
Another smash cut takes us to a sparsely furnished apartment, where we get another look at EMT Casey Brinke. After Brink’s bizarre day in the first of the series, Doom Patrol #1, Casey wakes to find that her roommate has completely re-assembled Robotman while she slept. Casey’s partner arrives in their EMS rig downstairs, and before Casey can process much of what’s going on, she has to leave for work. Their first patient of the day turns out to be some nut who has gone ballistic on a matryoshka stand and is lying on the pavement, screaming.
Gerard Way’s writing style brings a unique twist to these classic characters, while the new players are strange and interesting. There are plenty of callbacks to previous incarnations of this series, but not so many that a new reader would be completely lost. While I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Doom Patrol #1, this issue stands on its own sardonic, twisted legs.
Nick Derington’s artwork and Tamra Bonvillain’s color choices make this series an absolute pleasure to look at. Their collaborative choices make this series just cartoony enough to be fun, while allowing for the seriousness of some of the content.
Doom Patrol is just one of the titles being released under the Young Animal imprint from DC Comics. If you’re looking for a new series for your pull list that stray from the beaten path, Doom Patrol will certainly fit the bill. Be sure to also check out Shade the Changing Girl, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye, and Mother Panic.
Doom Patrol #2, published by Young Animal, rated Mature, released October 12, 2016, written by Gerard Way, art and cover by Nick Derington, variant cover by Mike and Laura Allred, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Todd Klein, $3.19