Doom Patrol #1 (December 2001): "--Doom Patrol!"
Written by John Arcudi, art by Tan Eng Huat
As the cover says: "4/5 new! All different!" The cover picture is amusing - it's a head shot of Robotman with the other members reflected inhis face, and him thinking "We're doomed." As I said about Alllred in the X-Statix thread, TanEng Huat's art really suits this book, and was a big draw for me.
The premise of this is that a fellow by the name of Thayer Jost is sponsoring a super-team. The members include:
- Fast Forward (Ted Bruder), the team leader, who can see 30 seconds into the future.
- Freak (Ava) - a girl who can extrude tendrils from her hands.
- Fever (Shyleen Lao) - she can raise the temperature of objects around her.
- Kid Slick (Vic Darge) - he can eliminate friction around his body.
When we meet our heroes, they are in the midst of doing very badly in a rescue simulation. Jost cancels the team's debut. Elsewhere, we see Cliff Steele working in a boiler room. Jost hears of him, and hires him to shape up the team. After some initial relcutance, Cliff signs up, and begins helping them train. As an additional bonus, hiring Cliif allows him to name the team - the Doom Patrol!
Overall: Another book that I picked up on a whim - I never was a big fan of any previous versions of this team. The combination of Arcudi's writing style and Tan Eng Huat's art really drew me in, however! Fun stuff!