I have anticipated this comic release more than any other ever; Grant Morrison's take on Doom Patrol was one of my favorite runs on a comic, as well as being the greatest influence on my own work - its weirdness felt in almost all of my comics, including The Almighties, Geek-Girl, and Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman.
The new DP is the fourth attempt at relaunching the book successfully since the run that began written by Paul Kupperberg; which Morrison then came in and shook things up on, before handing (what was left of) the Doom Patrol to Rachel Pollack.
Though they had their moments (for me, most notably the Rita Farr-centric issue during Keith Giffen's run) - subsequent returns to the team just weren't out there enough, after what Morrison turned things into - and didn't sustain an audience.
Enter Gerard Way, whom also cites Morrison DP as a big influence (something evidenced in his Umbrella Academy mini-series)... and I had high hopes for this new incarnation.
I'm very pleased to say, it doesn't disappoint. In fact, it's better than I'd hoped for.
Following an ambiguous and pleasingly weird opening page (including a bomb marked 'Grandma'), we enter the world of ambulance driver Casey Brinke. She and her medi-partner Sam are running red lights, bringing an old feller to the hospital.
Job done, it's break time - and while Casey plays an arcade game, Sam waxes lyrical on hidden universes and posits the idea of one being contained in his gyro (the book's regular cover has a peel-and-reveal gyro on it).
In another world, Doom Patrol's Main Man Cliff 'Robotman' Steele is on a mission, culminating in him pushing a button that blasts him out of said world and into Casey & Sam's.
I won't reveal too much more, so as to avoid spoilers...
That said, the feeling, reading this book, was akin to watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens - it feels like coming home. Way and Derrington's debut taps into previous incarnations, including the most recent one by Keith Giffen, Matthew Clark & Ron Randall, which reintroduced us to Danny - the sentient sometime street, sometime world; most recently island (discounting the New 52 incarnation) - who plays an integral part here.
Using a couple of different styles, Nick Derington does a nice job of illustrating the darker and more bizarre elements, alongside Casey Brinke's world (our entry point to the bizarreness of the Doom Patrol) and her wide-eyed disposition.
The Weird is back, but fresh at the same time - and I am so in for this ride...
* Cover featured may not accurately represent the gyro. ;)
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016
The Grant Morrison era of Doom Patrol is one of my favorite comic runs ever, and the greatest influence on my own work. Gerard Way & Nick Derington's new incarnation - which also launches Way's DC Young Animal imprint - looks set to tap into that, as well bringing something fresh to the mix - and as a result I've never looked forward to a comic launch more.
Doom Patrol #1 is out on 14th Sept, and you can check out a Preview below (the text on page 2 is hard to make out, but this is how it was released)...
Look for my Review here on Wednesday!
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Saturday, 2 July 2016
I've been working for some time with a number of artists including Bruno Letizia, R.D. Ricci, Jorge Oliveira and Fernando Melek to bring to life the bizarre, horrific world of Cabra Cini (pronounced 'Carbraa Cheenee')... and issue #1 of her Mature Readers mini-series will be hitting later this year. Here's a Preview!
Using her own bastardized version of voodoo magik, Cabra now lives her life as a supernatural hitwoman-for-hire. One of the tricks she's learned is utilizing the dimension know as The Infinity - 'Limbo's crazy cousin, locked away in the attic' - as a shortcut between where she is and wherever she needs to go. The ruler of the dimension, The Rook, doesn't appreciate Cabra doing so and attacks her physically and psychologically whenever she abuses his dimension this way...
But things hit much closer to home for Cabra when her neighborhood in Detroit gets targeted by 'White Out', an insane Neo-Nazi - who may or may not be a ghost...
Cabra has cleaned up her act, got a new life, friends, and a would-be lover - but thanks to White Out, all of that's now on the line...
You can get the Free Digital Cabra comic, Dark New Year - which leads into the Mini-Series - and also features more Previews material - here! And join the Cabra Facebook Group here for news on issue #1's release!
“This is something new altogether. I give it my recommendation. Strongly.” -Michael Wearden, Mike's Comic Blog.
Sunday, 22 May 2016
It's been a long time in the making - with a bunch of artists including Bruno Letizia, R.D. Ricci, Fernando Melek and Jorge Oliveira bringing their different flavors to the worlds and dimensions Cabra Cini inhabits; the mini-series is now nearing completion (I'm looking for one final artist to illustrate a scene that takes place in Ms. Cini's Mind-Scape) - and will debut in late-2016!
For those new to Cabra Cini (pronounced 'Carbraa Cheenee): No longer willing to let her boyfriend/pimp treat her like dirt, Cabra got lethal payback with the help of voodoo magik - and liked it. Voodoo became her new addiction and Cabra has cleaned up her act and forged a deadly new vocation…
You can get in on the ground floor with the Free Cabra Cini: Dark New Year Digital Comic here (suggested for Mature Readers). This features Cabra's acclaimed debut story (originally presented in H!M Comics' IF-X) and previews the Mini-Series.
Among other things lined up for the forthcoming mini, we'll get to know Cabra at street level; witness her burgeoning relationship with f*ck-buddy Geoff; she'll be getting a 'pet' in the form of Spanish werewolf El Hombre Lobo; will take on twisted Neo-Nazi White Out (last seen in The Almighties); and she will return to bizarre dimension The Infinity ("Limbo's scary cousin, locked away in the attic"), following her traumatic outing there in Dark New Year.
Below are some sketches and previews of the above, and you'll find more to come at this blog - and plenty more at the Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman Facebook Group!...
R.D. Ricci, colors by Aljoša Tomić.
R.D. Ricci, colors Aljoša Tomić.
Monday, 2 May 2016
The Almighties #0 R Rated Edition is Out Now and you can listen to co-creator Mike Gagnon and I talking about it on the new episode of the Wayne's Comics podcast--where I also tease a little of what you can expect from the upcoming Geek-Girl Mini-Series--here!
Sunday, 24 April 2016
When 'Little Miss Popular' Ruby Kaye lands a pair of super-tech glasses (invented by brainiac college geek Trevor Goldstein) in a game of Strip Poker, she's granted flight, super-strength, and - due to a flaw in the glasses' programming - super-klutziness!
And this is just the beginning of the changes the glasses will wreak on Ruby...
Join the Geek-Girl Facebook Group for News & Previews here!