Doom Patrol, Vol. 5: Magic Bus

By Grant Morrison

Rating: 4 stars

This is very much a book of two halves. The first half continues with the strange, almost whimsical, feel that has characterised Doom Patrol up until now. The first story finishes the story of the reformed Brotherhood of Dada and the Doom Patrol’s attempts to stop them, while dealing with internal strife. The second is a hilarious Stan Lee/Jack Kirby-style re-imagining of the Doom Patrol, complete with imaginary references to previous issues. The third story is a very odd one that follows Rebis as ze follows through zir reproductive cycle on the moon.

The second half of the book takes a more sinister and darker turn as the chief finally unveils what he’s been working on, shattering Cliff’s world in the process, and a monster from Dorothy’s psyche is unleashed. By the end of the book you’ve been put through the wrangler and it looks like the Doom Patrol is done for.

Both halves of the book work well independently, but when you put them together, they do jar a little, and I especially feel the second half to be somewhat out of tone with the rest of the series. I’ll be interested to see how the final volume can salvage anything from the wreckage.

Book details

ISBN: 9781401212025
Publisher: Vertigo
Year of publication: 2007

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