Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Doom-sayer: At Movie Poop Shoot, Scott Tipton traces the pre-Byrne history of Doom Patrol:

"Morrison’s work on DOOM PATROL is at times both sheer genius and totally baffling, with the team, anchored by Cliff and the resurrected Chief, taking on new members such as Rebis, a hermaphroditic merging of Larry Trainor and his physician, Eleanor Poole, Crazy Jane, who suffered from multiple-personality disorder and had a different superpower for each persona, Dorothy Spinner, a freakish apegirl with the power physically manifest images from her subconscious, and Danny the Street, a sentient transvestite street that served as the team’s mobile headquarters. The new DP faced such nontraditional threats as the Beard Hunter (who was, logically enough, after the Chief’s beard), Shadowy Mr. Evans, and the Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E., as well as the reappearance of old foes like the Brain and Monsieur Mallah, who, surprisingly, declared their love for one another. Also, succeeding the Brotherhood of Evil was the Brotherhood of Dada, a new group of supervillains dedicating to celebrate the absurdity of life itself."