Sunday, September 25, 2016

Episode 72: Raiding the Larder for Salami with Fractures! OR Salami on the Mind

A little delayed, but here's the post to correspond to the most recent auditory adventures from Mike and Paul! The Doom Patrol-loving duo are joined by Frak on this episode, and, man, do they have fun! Double- and triple-entendres abound as Chief takes his consideration of Madame Rouge to a whole new (only somewhat less pervy)  level and Rita reminds the rest of the Patrol that teamwork makes the dream work. 

Here's the skinny from Podbean

Episode 72: Raiding the Larder for Salami with Fractures!This week Mike and Paul are joined by friend and fan of the show, Fractures, as we take a look back at some 60's shenanigans!! 
  • Down on Derington Way - 9:38
  • Doom Clock - 10:01
  • Doomsplaining - 47:14 - This week we take a look at issues #117 and #118 from volume 1, by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani!
  • Mailbag O Doom - 47:14 - We read your responses to the question, "What did you think of the new Doom Patrol #1?
So, let's get to the images from #117, shall we?

Beware the Black Vulture!! 
Cliff provides a couple opportunities for the reader to imbibe this issue, and here is the first one. 
The Chief simply cannot be bothered right now. (Cue Marvin Gaye music)
The Frenchiest of French arguments. 
That's no chicken Chief is choking! That's a condor he's killin'!
That thunderbird (or missile-carrying eagle as we call them in Michigan) better watch out. Chief ain't done bird-bashin'!

Rita's getting large and taking charge! 

Take another drink. 

Here's the page that's getting everyone set for equality training. 

Yes Poppa! 

That was one wildly entertaining strange read. Readers who may have discovered the team with Volume 6 really should take a dip back into the first volume. Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani really do the bizarre like no other - from yesterday or today! 

Now, how about issue #118?
The Chief looks awfully distressed here. 


The Dame Patrol. Perhaps a new Young Animal title in the works?

WilFreD missed a spot to drop the Marvin Gaye track. 
With a foe like Videx, the Doom Patrol sure would have been a killer toy line in the 1970s. 
This page gets mighty splashy. 


I love Rita. She's so damn awesome. 

The first volume of Doom Patrol is just so much wacky fun. Each issue finds a way to be more wacky than the previous, and the pieces left behind for Gerard Way and Nick Derington to pick up are just so plentiful. 

And speaking of Nick Derington, here's a sketch from Derington from his Houston signing - Terry None to sing you a peppy tune to brighten your day. 

And that's Waiting for Doom Episode 72 for you. The blokes left us with the Question of the Week: 
What is your favo(u)rite fictional conflict?

Thursday, September 22, 2016


The first issue of Volume 6 - all six covers!!! - has sold out. What does that mean? Well, that means we're going to get a seventh cover, of course!! 

Check out the news on Previews World and spread the word, Patrollers!  

And, yeah, the article does quote my review of #1 from Comicosity

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

November 2016 Young Animal and More!! OR Here's My List - Thanks!

DC's December solicits hit the 'net yesterday as I type this, which reminded me I never finished  the post for November. Now seems like as good a time as any. 

As a Michigander, I'm not a big fan of November: sloppy road conditions, congested traffic for holiday travel and shopping, and the emergence of winter. That said, what better time to plan to stay inside a bit and do some reading? With November, all four of the initial Young Animal books will be on the shelves, so here's the solicitation rundowns for them and their respective covers as gleaned from CBR.

Here's the Young Animal books in release order:

Shade has settled into her adopted human body, but the rest of her high school isn’t sure how to deal with this strange new behavior from the girl they once knew. The more Shade learns about Megan’s former life, the more she realizes everyone hates her. It’s one of many fresh sensations Shade is getting to know. Being a human is galaxies different than being from Meta, and it’s not going to be easy balancing all of that with the madness that brought her here. 
On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Written by GERARD WAY
Art and cover by NICK DERINGTON
Variant cover by SIMON BISLEY
Casey Brinke has stepped through to the other side—but where exactly is that? Given all the bizarre, unexplainable things that have come into her life over the last couple of days—robot men and talking ambulances and a guy who literally thrives on negative energy—surely this new and surprising world she has uncovered can’t be any weirder. Right?
On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art and cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
Variant cover by PAUL POPE
Variant cover by BENGAL
Meet Violet Paige, a celebutante with a bad attitude and a temper to match, who no one suspects of having anything lying beneath the surface of her outrageous exploits. But Violet isn’t just another bored heiress in the upper echelons of Gotham City’s elite. Motivated by her traumatic youth, Violet seeks to exact vengeance on her privileged peers as the terrifying new vigilante known only as Mother Panic.
On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS


Art and cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Variant cover by MATT WILSON
Something is rotten in the subterranean state of Muldroog, the ancestral home of Cave’s wife Eileen (a.k.a. Princess Mazra P’thrall), forcing Cave to step out of adventurer retirement to solve this mystery. To do that, he must to steal a massive piece of mobile technology and recruit an old friend for this mission. Also in this issue: How Cave got that cybernetic eye. And explosions. Lots and lots of explosions.
On sale NOVEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Last month I tagged Superman, Deadman, and Hawkman & Adam Strange. This month, DC has my attention with:
Like a game of Six Degrees of Separation, Deathstroke connects to the Doom Patrol, but regardless of connections, this book is (literally) killer.


Cover by ACO
Variant covers by SHANE DAVIS
“The Professional” part six! Deathstroke’s honor is put to the test when he must help a tyrannical despot—Ja Zaki, a.k.a. The Red Lion—stop a civil war that he inadvertently caused. Plus: Enter Jericho!
On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Cover by ACO
Variant cover by SHANE DAVIS
“The Professional” part seven! After Deathstroke confronts the enemy behind Wintergreen’s abduction and the attempted murder of his daughter, he soon finds himself abandoned on a suicide mission where he confronts an unbeatable foe—the Man of Steel!
On sale NOVEMBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

About time one of the Big Two comic companies tried something like this again. With the professional development courses DC is offering nowadays, it makes too much sense to not happen. I'm intrigued to see what tomorrow's comic book creators have in store for us today (even if some of the folks listed have books on the racks already!).

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.
ONE-SHOT • On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

Art and Franco. Franco and Art. Always enjoyable and frequently fun.


Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
Variant cover by FRANCO
Blank variant cover
Aw yeah, the World’s Greatest Heroes are back in a new, all-ages miniseries—except for Batman! Superman helps out by cleaning up in Gotham City, where he discovers a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space to find the Caped Crusader. Her journey brings her a step closer to Batman, but can she uncover the truth behind his disappearance? From the award-winning creative team that brought you TINY TITANS and SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES!
On sale NOVEMBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E

So there you have it, folks! Seven books to look out for in November (which is waaaaay too close for my preference). What are YOU looking forward to? 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 71: The Wait is Over OR Gyros for Everyone!



Two of my favorite Australians, Garve and Flanger grabbed their gyro covers, peeled off the stickers, slapped them on each other's foreheads and gave us Episode 71 of Waiting for Doom! You can get yours (Episode #71, not gyro sticker) right here on Comicosity.

Fire up the action chair, question normality, and take a drink (preferably a large one) as your favourite Patrologists get their hot hands on a comic they’ve been waiting for all this time: an all new Doom Patrol #1. What a time to be alive! LET’S GET PATROLLING!
  • Down on Derington Way – 6:11
  • Doom Clock – 7:48
  • Doomsplaining – 10:55 – The moment we thought may never happen is finally here. Doom Patrol Volume 6, Issue 1. The beginning of the Way/Derington era! Enjoy. Potential spoilers for those who are yet to read this issue.
  • Mailbag O Doom – 49:43 – We read your responses to the question, “What is something you didn’t know about comics at first?”

The bulk of the issue focuses on the introduction of Casey Brinke and her EMT partner Sam. It gets a little existential, but in a fun way, and, as the boys note in the podcast, Sam and Casey are immediately likeable.
Maybe we're all inside of someone else's gyro. 

Cliff even appears in this first issue of Doom Patrol

Could we actually be seeing Crazy Jane as well? 
I debated sharing this page, but how could I not? Just look at Niles Caulder's self-satisfaction in that bottom panel. Great job to Nick Derington! 
And Cliff fights his way back to our world, if for no other reason than to remind you to drink. 

Later on in the issue we meet Terry None through events that are rather spectacular. And bizarre. And bizarrely spectacular. 

The beginnings of a whole new Patrol? 

Zero days since the last Doom Patrol book. Well, maybe A day right now, but go back and re-read it! 

Or check out my review of Doom Patrol #1 over on Comicosity

One more shoutout to my LCS, Pieces & Pages for hooking me up with a Doom Patrol poster. And a Cave Carson poster. And a Shade, the Changing Girl poster. And a Mother Panic poster. Good people and good stuff over at Pieces & Pages. 

Question of the week: What did YOU think about the new DOOM PATROL #1? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Way Aggregator - An Interview Collection

While we count down the last few Doom Patrol-less hours of 2016, I thought it might be helpful to pool all of the Gerard Way interviews. Y'know, in case you need something to read or watch while you're waiting to put your paws on the first Young Animal comic. 

Here's a bit from Blastr

CBR's interview can be found here

Rolling Stone had a sitdown with Way. 

PI Culture Blogs has an interview with him on YouTube

So does DC Comics. In this one, Way says, ". . . it's in a really strange place for Cliff to be. . ." Having read it, I can say, yeah. Yeah it is. Even for the Doom Patrol. 

AV Club was among the first to provide us with the solicits. sat down with Way and his Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye co-writer, Jon Rivera

Comicsbeat has this one for you

Of course you can find something about Way and the Young Animal imprint on EW.

. . .and let's close this one out with a bit from io9.

All of these bits are naturally copyrighted wherever the link takes you. All links shared under fair use. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 70: Enjoying a Vol-Au-Vent of Life-Force with Steve Lacey! OR DUCKS!!

The boys are at it again! And, if I'm doing the math right, this is the very last Waiting for Doom episode before the launch of Doom Patrol Volume 6 or Doom Patrol from Young Animal or Way and Derington's Doom Patrol or something like that. 

Not only that, but Steve Lacey from THE Fantasticast joins in. 

So, let's get getting. Here's the show notes as compiled from Podbean. 

This week we are joined by special guest Steve Lacey, from the Fantasticast podcast, to discuss a special issue that is an..homage? Riff? Act of plagiarism? 

  • Down on Derrington Way

And here's some art from the issue itself. 

The cover featuring the classic Doom Patrol as they don't appear in this comic against the mighty Celestius, by Shaky Kane.
While Morrison is on task for writing this one, Richard Case has most of the issue off, with Ken Steacy stepping up to draw the interiors in a very Kirby style. 
Steacy does Kirby. 

The fellas that the fellas talked about. What you didn't see was Mike, Paul, and Steve were each role-playing these guys in full costume. 

Hmmm. Reminiscent of Syndrome from the Incredibles.
And the ducks. 
I am typing this from my Comfee Hover-Chair. 
Something, something, Man-Hattan Island. 

And Celestius. 

Celestius and Guru with all the pointing and gesticulating. 
A change of heart for Cliff/Not-Cliff

Elastiwoman helps with the evacuation. Rather Giffen-looking in the middle panel, don't you think?

Doom Patrol #53 (do I need to tell you it's Volume 2, since it is the ONLY #53 Doom Patrol has had as of this date?) homaged the crazy Stan Lee/Jack Kirby cosmic Fantastic Four adventures, but specifically had some relevance to Fantastic Four #51. Which is a classic. That you should read. The cover looks like this. Never mind the fact that Morrison heavily borrowed the plot for use in Doom Patrol #53, as both comics exist in the world. 

Here's an example of the Kirby collage Steve mentions. 
Trippy and now digitally colored. Screen-capped from Marvel Unlimited. Check it out. 
Before I close this one out, here's a snip of what Nick Derington's been doing out on Twitter this week, with Casey Brinke in both pencils and ink.

Now, have at it, Patrollers, here's your question of the week: 
What is something you didn't know about comics at first?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

COMIXOLOGY SALE on Young Animal!

Comixology is having an Intro to Young Animal sale
Morrison Doom Patrol! Most (all?) of the Vertigo Shade series! And Resurrection Man?! And War of the Gods?!? And The War That Time Forgot?!?!?! 


I can see the Resurrection Man tie-in (I think) as Cave Carson appears with Resurrection Man in the banner on the sale page, but I'm not sure how the other pieces click in to Young Animal beyond the obvious Shade connection. 

I might pick up some of the Resurrection Man issues, since there is an obvious Forgotten Heroes homage or angle there and I didn't read the series the first time out. Might even dip my toe into that War That Time Forgot

How about y'all? Anyone going digital on the Doom Patrol? Plugging some holes or upgrading? 

The gents on Waiting for Doom will be covering Doom Patrol #53 this week, which is in this sale, if you want to follow along for 99¢. 

Sound off below and let us know how you're taking advantage of this sale. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 69: Well We Wouldn't Want Weirdness To Come Into It, Would We? OR Gutsbucket

A new week and a new podcast! And this time, I'm more on top of posting for it than last week. Which was considerably easy, since I was a few days behind last week. 

My name is Doug. And I post blog entries that augment the verbiage spewed forth by Mike and Paul. Here's the link to their latest spewing. Some of it is even in French. And here's the description WilFreD has compiled about this episode: 
Episode 69: Well We Wouldn't Want Weirdness To Come Into It, Would We?Horrible mutants! Horrible accents! Horrible Comic Book Science! Horrible Perve-O-Meters! Horrible reinforcements! Horrible nazi gorillas! Let's get horrible! No, wait, let's get PATROLLING!!
  • Down on Derrington Way - 9:34
  • Doom Clock - 14:33
  • Doomsplaining - 17:53 - this week we head back to the 1960s, for issues 115 and 116 of volume 1, by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani! 
  • Mailbag O Doom - 49:19 - We read your responses to the question, "Who's your favourite character with a fin?"

So let's get rolling to the bits of the books the blokes from Australia were chatting up. First up #115

Look out over there! Ha! See what I did there?

What could have caused these monstrosities to be?

Top panel: Meet the Mutant Masters - Ur, Ir, and Ar!
Middle: Chief schemes for love.
Bottom: REEZZZ indeed.
Doom Patrol #115 introduces Ar, Ir and Ur (yeah, that's fun with an Australian accent!). Does it get any more Silver Age-y than that? For ease of use, Paul broke the gang down to even more Silver Age-y monikers, dubbing Ar as Torso-Face, Ir as Eye-Hands, and Ur becomes Eye-Face. 

As seen in the image above (which is Page 2 in its entirety) Drake and Premiani waste no time in shifting scenes in what would, undoubtedly, be a five-issue series in today's market. 

Before we shift along to other images from the issue, is it just me or does Ar remind anyone else of Strong Mad? 

Here's Nick Derington's drawing from Twitter the gents reference. Wow. I just dropped a Tweet in and made it seem like "news," I should be expecting my journalism degree in the mail any day now, right? 

There's some more from Nick Derington towards the end of this post, as well as in other posts of late, and, well, in less than two weeks, we'll all have even more from Derington. 

Now, on to the other bits from the issue. 

As you can see in the image above, Chief continues to push the limits of his mental pervishness (a word, trust me) in trying to sway Madame Rouge, but the Brotherhood is also trying to bring her back. 

Madame Rouge has a SPLITTING headache! 
The end result is quite absurd, even for Arnold Drake's Doom Patrol. Absurd, yes, but so much wacky fun. 
Madame Rouge! Get a hold of yourself! 
Who ordered the Rouge on Rouge platter? I'm sorry, but we're all out. How about a nice, crazy splash page instead? Gotta love those French accents. So accurate. So true. 

And what's an issue of Doom Patrol without Robotman getting damaged? 

Farr & Away Rita's most impactful scene in the issue and Cliff's contribution to your drinking problem. 

As the guys said, this is the final chapter for the early adventures of Beast Boy. Still sporting his Trump hairstyle, and the annoying babytalk, Beast Boy makes it easy to dislike him. Not as much as say, Nazis, which are included in this issue for sake of elevating Beast Boy to being slightly less annoying. 

That said, this issue HAD to be a hit. As legend has it, Julius Schwarz encouraged the use of gorillas to boost comic book sales. And Nazis were the ultimate evil, so this made sense. In a Silver Age-y comic book marketing (separate study, but closely related to comic book science) way. And it really isn't a terrible installment. As Beast Boy stories chewing up real estate in a Doom Patrol comic go. Because gorillas. 

Hitler and Beast Boy. Only Mento could make this page any more hate-filled. 
For some odd reason, Beast Boy has me thinking of Jib Janeen, the Jupiter Spy from The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Maybe it's his use of "Bubies" where Janeen might say "buddies," maybe it's the Trump hair. Maybe it's just the fact that both are laughably annoying. I don't know. 

I liked Gar Logan as Changeling when I met him in the Wolfman-Pérez Titans books so many years ago, but I'm not so sure I would have been enthusiastic to see him return had I read these adventures first. 

And now the stuff from #116.

Fear Selin! 

In case you missed the Perve-O-Meter induced catfight from #115. 

Rita's fine wtih Rouge's assist, and quite confident in her place on the team. 

Farr & Away: Rita's confidence grows with her. 
Never count Robotman out, not out of a fight, and not out of a dance. 
Taking a hint from Star-Lord, Cliff challenges Eye-Hands to a dance off. 

There's a point in this issue where Beast Boy and Mento are alone in the Himalayas. Unprepared for the cold, and left to die. Except Arnold Drake hates us all. 

Father of the year material right there. 
I'm not sure where this one lands on the "Take a Drink" game. Maybe a shot? Or a kegstand? 

And now, a very special panel. Llamas? No. Madame Rouge fighting herself again? No. 

A head-turning-and-coughing junk punch. 

Except this one page had SOOOOOOO much going on for it - the Alfred E. Neuman button, the Trump-haired yak, and the junk punch! Hard to believe there were any other pages in this issue! 

#116 was definitely more of a mixed bag of weirdness than #115, and I could spend much more time on either one, panel by panel. Premiani was at the peak of his craft here, and us Doom Patrollers are lucky to have had him around. 

But enough of the past. It distracts from the now.  Let's talk a bit about the now. 

And, if you didn't see it, Nick Derington shared a photo of his bootleg Danny the World action figure.

The pawns of WilFreD mentioned the Bleeding Cool review of Doom Patrol#1. Here's the very, very, very spoiler-filled link

Since we're linking right now, here's the link to Amazon's offering of the Doom Patrol in the Silver Age that Paul mentioned. A few of these ". . .in the Silver Age" books have keen Darwyn Cooke covers, like the Supergirl one (Hi, Anj! Is this book any good?) below or the Adam Strange (for all you folks who nominated Strange as your favorite finned character) cover by Michael Cho. 

So there you have it my bubies! Another post shadowing the awesome audio of the amicable Australians. Before you click away, however, take a second or forty-eight and sound off on the Question of the Week
WilFred begs of you: Who is your favourite fictional foursome?
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