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    Larry Trainor’s Identity Revealed

    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.

    Doom Patrol comics at TFAW.comAnother 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.

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    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.

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    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

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    Review: Doom Patrol #1 — Gyros. It’s all about Gyros.

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    doom patrol #1 variant coverDoom Patrol has a long pedigree in the DC Universe, appearing first back in My Greatest Adventure #80 back in June of 1963. The familiar story is of a group of misfits with super powers whose gifts were both cool and problematic, causing them to be isolated from the rest of humanity. The series ran as Doom Patrol through 121 issues, finally being killed off in October 1968. Since then, Doom Patrol has shown up time and again with different groups and members. All but Robotman, who has somehow managed to survive all the reboots.

    In this latest take on Doom Patrol, the story revolves around perky and peculiar Casey Brinke, a daredevil ambulance driver who relaxes by playing the retro video game “Galactic Matador”. She works with single dad Sam and when they’re not rescuing people, they’re engaged in metaphysical musings about the universe.

    During one meal break, Sam opines that there’s always an unknown world hidden inside what we can see, and points out that there are untold mysteries even inside a simple Greek gyro. In fact, Casey fires back, we might all just be inside someone else’s gyro.

    With the weird and surreal world of Doom Patrol, we then learn that there is indeed an entire universe hidden within the gyro, a desert planet and a robotic battle that ends with an explosion so massive that the gyro itself explodes in front of Casey and Sam.

    Meanwhile, at a bland hotel in nowhere, USA, a group of strange humanoid creatures are meeting to talk about the business of meat. It’s hard to know what the heck is going on, but at one point we learn that they’ve identified a “sentient organic generator sprawl” that should be a limitless supply of meat and that the aliens suggest it be called Danny Burgers.

    Casey encounters a metal man, just in time for him to be destroyed by a fast-moving garbage truck. Or is he destroyed? She takes all the parts home, just to get a knock on the door. It’s Terry None, and she’s singing and tap-dancing, a singing telegram happy birthday. Except it isn’t Casey’s birthday and the end of the song involves Casey’s roommate blowing up. Awkward. Fortunately Terry can move in!

    That’s where this first installment ends, and it’s definitely on the more peculiar side of comic book stories. It’s a long way from the original Doom Patrol, that’s for sure, but there’s a certain wacky charm in Derington‘s bright style and Way‘s storyline. Check it out, and you might just get hooked!

    Doom Patrol #1, written by Gerard Way, art by Nick Derington, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Todd Klein, cover by Nick Derington, James Harvey, Brian Bolland and Sanford Greene. From DC Comics, published 15 Sept, 2016.

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    Review: Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    kingdom come 20th anniversary deluxe editionIn June 1996, Alex Ross and Mark Waid gave us Kingdom Come, an Elseworlds four issue comic book miniseries. Ross had the idea for a story that included most of the DC pantheon while he was working on Marvels in 1994. He pitched the story to DC and then teamed with Waid to flesh out the story with Waid’s extensive knowledge of DC’s heroes and their history. Ross envisioned the final product as an allegory for the ethics he saw disappearing in the hero comic stories that were being published in the 1990’s.

    The story takes place many years after Superman has retired from the hero business. We learn in flashback sequences that, years earlier, The Joker had massacred everyone at The Daily Planet, including Lois Lane. The Clown Prince of Crime was then publicly executed by a superhero called Magog. Superman went into exile, unable to wrap his head around the outpouring of public support Magog was receiving for murdering a criminal who was already in custody. With their leader gone, most of the old guard of superheroes also faded into retirement, leaving a void to be filled by a new generation of heroes, led by Magog.

    In the storyline present, with The Man of Tomorrow no longer available to enforce the “no kill” rule, there is little distinction left between superheroes and the villains they face. An overzealous attack led by Magog on the Parasite ends in a catastrophic event that leaves most of the American Midwest in ruins. Millions have died and the food production for much of the United States has been crippled.

    Wonder Woman finds Superman and enlists him to return to Metropolis and re-form the Justice League to reign in the new generation and restore order. Three major factions of supers emerge: The Justice League, many of the old guard superheroes led by Superman; The Outsiders, mostly second and third generation supers led by Batman; and the Mankind Liberation Front, a group of villains led by Lex Luthor. While these super factions are sorting things out amongst themselves through violent means, the ordinary humans are also trying to sort out a solution that will work in their own favor and will end the tyranny suffered under super humans.

    Ross’ artwork is nothing short of breathtaking. Using models and photo reference, he accurately captures the subtlety of a wide range of emotion. Each panel is meticulously hand painted with watercolors. The technique lends itself nicely to a classic and timeless feel. Every panel and gutter is filled with amazing detail.

    Waid’s script weaves seamlessly in and out of multiple layers of storyline and subplot. The dialogue is realistic and genuine. There is a little bit of over explanation of the Biblical undertone by directly quoting the book of Revelation, but overall, Waid does an excellent job bringing the reader along for the ride. For the complexity of the story, you would expect there to be at least a few small “lost” moments, but there are no such moments to be found.

    This edition collects Kingdom Come #1-4 and has 130 pages of extras. The original pencil artwork for every character is shown with an explanation, backstory, and reason for inclusion in the work. There’s also a nice feature called Keys To The Kingdom which details every visual Easter Egg laid by Ross, by page and panel and a chart that shows the Genealogy of Kingdom Come.

    I would easily include this title in my top 10 comic stories of all time, if not my top 3. If you don’t own a copy, you should.

    Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Deluxe Ed HC: released May 11, 2016, Writer: Mark Waid, Artist: Alex Ross, Colors: Alex Ross, Letters: Todd Klein, $35.99.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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