Doom Patrol, Vol. 6: Planet Love

By Grant Morrison

Rating: 4 stars

I wondered at the end of the last volume just how Grant Morrison was going to get himself out of this one and at the end of his final volume, I’m full of admiration for the man as he not only did extract himself cleanly from the cliffhanger at the end of the previous volume, but continued to create a marvellous finale to the story and end it in a satisfyingly Morrison-esque manner.

Restored from backup disk by Willoughby Kipling, Cliff, Dorothy and Kipling race to try and destroy the Candlemaker before he destroys the world, reuniting with Jane and Rebis in the process.

It’s the end of the main storyline that packs the most punch, with Cliff having to go back into the data matrix to disable the nanobots that threaten the world. We are never entirely sure what happens after that. Do the team emerge intact? Is Danny the Street still with them? Or are they all just manifestations of Cliff trapped in the matrix? I know which I’d prefer to believe, but Morrison deliberately leaves it open.

A great end to Morrison’s run on the World’s Strangest Heroes.

Book details

ISBN: 9781401216245
Publisher: Vertigo
Year of publication: 1992

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