History ComicBook / DoomPatrol

30th Dec '16 12:14:16 PM CaptEquinox
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** Played straight with Crazy Jane and Dorothy Spinner, with the former suffering sexual abuse so bad her mind fractured into sixty plus split personalities, and the latter was cruelly bullied because of her appearance and mentally traumatized by her first period.

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** Played straight with Crazy Jane and Dorothy Spinner, with the former suffering sexual abuse so bad her mind fractured into sixty plus split personalities, personalities,[[note]]She's based on artist Truddi Chase, author of ''Literature/WhenRabbitHowls'', who really was sexually abused from an early age and had ''92'' selves. She claimed to have some psychic ability.[[/note]] and the latter was cruelly bullied because of her appearance and mentally traumatized by her first period.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The "Empire of Chairs" issue included imagery of Crazy Jane being ambushed by the horrific Keysmiths, creatures with keys sticking out of their blank faces, for the sake of "unlocking" her. With the already phallic imagery of the keys protruding from their faces and the scenes of a large group of Keysmiths surrounding Jane while they (it is said) insert their keys into her, the whole thing comes across as if Jane is being gang raped.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The "Empire of Chairs" issue included imagery of Crazy Jane being ambushed by the horrific Keysmiths, creatures with keys sticking out of their blank faces, for the sake of "unlocking" her. With the already phallic imagery of the keys protruding from their faces and the scenes of a large group of Keysmiths surrounding Jane while they (it is said) insert their keys into her, the whole thing comes across as if Jane is being gang raped. Given Jane's origin story (similar to the real-life Truddi Chase) this is nightmarish.



** A species of RetCon yet to be assigned taxonomy, inverting RememberTheNewGuy and related to MultipleChoicePast, in which Rachel Pollack retcons Crazy Jane out of existence through the introduction of a character called "The False Memory", who displays Crazy-Jane-like powers plus the ability to create false memories, and who instructs the protagonists to "remember me in the Doom Patrol all these years". The reference to "false memory syndrome" appears to [[WriterOnBoard express Pollack's disgust]] with Jane's DarkAndTroubledPast. This was such a widely decried dick move that Pollack denied that this was her intent. This move was so unpopular that it is apparently CanonDiscontinuity nowadays, or rather DC has only limited it to Vertigo while Morrison's stuff is still in main DCU continuity. Keith Giffen certainly reintroduced Jane into the book, along with Danny the Street (now [[spoiler: Danny the Bungalow]]).

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** A species of RetCon yet to be assigned taxonomy, inverting RememberTheNewGuy and related to MultipleChoicePast, in which Rachel Pollack retcons Crazy Jane out of existence through the introduction of a character called "The False Memory", who displays Crazy-Jane-like powers plus the ability to create false memories, and who instructs the protagonists to "remember me in the Doom Patrol all these years". The reference to "false memory syndrome" appears to [[WriterOnBoard express Pollack's disgust]] with Jane's DarkAndTroubledPast. [[note]]The [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial]] "false memory syndrome" movement opposed the idea that multiple personality could be a real condition, and denied that memories of trauma could be buried and recovered later.[[/note]] This was such a widely decried dick move that Pollack denied that this was her intent. This move was so unpopular that it is apparently CanonDiscontinuity nowadays, or rather DC has only limited it to Vertigo while Morrison's stuff is still in main DCU continuity. Keith Giffen certainly reintroduced Jane into the book, along with Danny the Street (now [[spoiler: Danny the Bungalow]]).
17th Nov '16 6:10:18 AM moloch
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** Gerard Way's run re-establishes the previous ''Doom Patrol'' series as having happened, and possibly throws aside their New 52 -era ''Comicbook/JusticeLeague'' appearances.
17th Nov '16 4:09:46 AM moloch
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* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Gerard Way's run has established that the entire history of the Doom Patrol prior to ''ComicBooks/{{Flashpoint}}'' is still canon, picking up where Keith Giffen's run ended and acknowledging most of Morrison's run while not hinting or alluding to the team's handling during the New 52.]]

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* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Gerard Way's run has established that the entire history of the Doom Patrol prior to ''ComicBooks/{{Flashpoint}}'' is still canon, happened, picking up where Keith Giffen's run ended and acknowledging most of Morrison's run while not hinting or alluding to run, with no mention of the team's handling during the New 52.]]52 appearances.
12th Nov '16 9:56:56 PM SarcasmKid
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* AntiVillain: The Brotherhood of Dada as led by Mr. Nobody believed they were genuinely making the world a better place by embracing insanity and strangeness, feeling a world without order or boundaries would be far less oppressive for the majority of the downtrodden, the abused, and the mentally ill. In their last appearance, Robotman ends up trying to save them when the government dispatches a team to kill them.



* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Gerard Way's run has established that the entire history of the Doom Patrol prior to ''ComicBooks/{{Flashpoint}}'' is still canon, picking up where Keith Giffen's run ended and acknowledging most of Morrison's run while not hinting or alluding to the team's handling during the New 52.]]



* {{Foil}}: Morrison's and Pollack's versions of the Doom Patrol come across as contrasts to one another.
** The majority of Morrison's team spent most of their time dealing with their respective anxieties and traumas, feeling they didn't belong in the world and that life was miserable. The ongoing story focused on Jane dealing with her sexual abuse, Rebis' identity issues concerning Larry Trainor and Eleanor Poole's lives, Cliff's ongoing depression and angst about his body, Dorothy Spinner's alienation and traumatic childhood, and the Chief's megalomania.
** Pollack's version of the team introduced new members who, despite suffering trauma like Morrison's team, were far better adjusted and at peace with themselves. Kate was a transwoman who suffered abuse from her peers when she was younger but found a community who accepted her as an adult, and George and Marion are completely in love with each other and refuse to let losing their bodies and the torture they endured from the builders stop them from living life.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: A non-romantic example with Terry None in Gerard Way's volume. She just shows up at Casey Brinke's apartment one day, does a tap dance for her birthday because she thought Casey looked sad on the subway, and [[spoiler: accidentally blows up Casey's asshole roommate]] before moving in with her.



* MindlinkMates: Coagula and Robotman

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* MindlinkMates: Coagula and RobotmanRobotman after they share a body during "The Teiresias War."



* PsychopathicManchild: The Beard Hunter is an emotionally stunted and repressed gay man with an intense hatred of facial hair, lives with his mother, has only a stuffed dog for companionship, and seems to have some very warped sexual fetishes.



** Crazy Jane has ''64'' of them.

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** Crazy Jane has ''64'' ''89'' of them.
1st Oct '16 5:39:25 AM narm00
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''"Doom Patrol''" vol. 2 was launched in October, 1987, still written by Kupperberg. Eventually, most of original team was revealed to have been resurrected in some way or alive all along, and the new book added a number of other characters which colored within the superhero lines and didn't quite set the world on fire. Then came Creator/GrantMorrison, who dedicated them more specifically to fighting "weird" crime and disasters. His first StoryArc, "Crawling from the Wreckage", built up the weirdness of the comic to extremes and delved into some adult subject matter. There were scissormen from imaginary worlds, the Brotherhood of [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Dada]], the Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E and a friendly "[[GeniusLoci transvestite street]]" named, well... Danny the Street. Just in case you were wondering, he dresses like a boulevard. No, really. And then it got even weirder. He left and, with the switchover of the book to VertigoComics, Rachel Pollack, more well known as a tarot expert and prose fiction writer, took over. She had much the same approach, but the book did not retain its popularity and it got cancelled. The title ended with issue #87 (February, 1995).

Since then there have been a few subsequent revivals. [[Comicbook/{{BPRD}} John Arcudi]] wrote a series for twenty-two issues - the first few issues seemed like a typical "corporate superhero" reboot [[MidSeasonTwist but this was actually a fake-out]], and they rapidly get entangled in more typically "Doom Patrol" schemes involving [[TheBusCameBack characters from the previous series]], corporate manipulation, a soul-stealing demon and Chinese sorcerer spirits. Unfortunately due to the fake-out opening issues, the series shed regular readers, and was eventually cancelled. John Byrne did a ContinuityReboot that was straight superhero fare - ill-fated to begin with and [[CanonDiscontinuity downright ignored by other DC books of the time.]] It eventually ended with the CrisisCrossover ''InfiniteCrisis'', which undid most of Byrne's changes and restored the team's history. Byrne did finally manage to bring original member (the ''only'' one who had yet to return) Elasti-Girl BackFromTheDead , though. After an appearance in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic and [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Animated Series]], their popularity resurged enough for them to get their own new series in 2009, written by Keith Giffen (of ''JLI'' fame) who was practically begging for the position. This time, the original team were employed as a policing force of sorts on Oolong Island, the haven for [[MadScientist mad scientists]] from Comicbook/FiftyTwo, and Giffen made it clear that (in typically weird Doom Patrol fashion) ''everything'' had happened to them. [[MultipleChoicePast Even the contradictory stuff]].

As part of [[MyChemicalRomance Gerard Way]]'s Creator/YoungAnimal imprint at DC, a new ongoing title featuring the Doom Patrol launched as the imprint's flagship book, written by Way himself.

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''"Doom Patrol''" vol. 2 was launched in October, 1987, still written by Kupperberg. Eventually, most of the original team was revealed to have been resurrected in some way or alive all along, and the new book added a number of other characters which colored within the superhero lines and didn't quite set the world on fire. Then came Creator/GrantMorrison, who dedicated them more specifically to fighting "weird" crime and disasters. His first StoryArc, "Crawling from the Wreckage", built up the weirdness of the comic to extremes and delved into some adult subject matter. There were scissormen from imaginary worlds, the Brotherhood of [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Dada]], the Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E and a friendly "[[GeniusLoci transvestite street]]" named, well... Danny the Street. Just in case you were wondering, he dresses like a boulevard. No, really. And then it got even weirder. He left and, with the switchover of the book to VertigoComics, Creator/VertigoComics, Rachel Pollack, more well known as a tarot expert and prose fiction writer, took over. She had much the same approach, but the book did not retain its popularity and it got cancelled. The title ended with issue #87 (February, 1995).

Since then there have been a few subsequent revivals. [[Comicbook/{{BPRD}} John Arcudi]] wrote a series for twenty-two issues - the first few issues seemed like a typical "corporate superhero" reboot [[MidSeasonTwist but this was actually a fake-out]], and they rapidly get got entangled in more typically "Doom Patrol" schemes involving [[TheBusCameBack characters from the previous series]], corporate manipulation, a soul-stealing demon and Chinese sorcerer spirits. Unfortunately Unfortunately, due to the fake-out opening issues, the series shed regular readers, and was eventually cancelled. John Byrne ComicBook/JohnByrne did a ContinuityReboot that was straight superhero fare - ill-fated to begin with and [[CanonDiscontinuity downright ignored by other DC books of the time.]] It eventually ended with the CrisisCrossover ''InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', which undid most of Byrne's changes and restored the team's history. Byrne did finally manage to bring original member (the ''only'' one who had yet to return) Elasti-Girl BackFromTheDead , BackFromTheDead, though. After an appearance in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic and [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Animated Series]], their popularity resurged enough for them to get their own new series in 2009, written by Keith Giffen (of ''JLI'' ''[[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational JLI]]'' fame) who was practically begging for the position. This time, the original team were employed as a policing force of sorts on Oolong Island, the haven for [[MadScientist mad scientists]] from Comicbook/FiftyTwo, and Giffen made it clear that (in typically weird Doom Patrol fashion) ''everything'' had happened to them. [[MultipleChoicePast Even the contradictory stuff]].

stuff]]. It came to an end with ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and the subsequent New 52 relaunch.

As part of [[MyChemicalRomance [[Music/MyChemicalRomance Gerard Way]]'s Creator/YoungAnimal imprint at DC, a new ongoing title featuring the Doom Patrol launched as the imprint's flagship book, written by Way himself.
27th Sep '16 2:19:02 AM Tron80
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[[NotQuiteDead It didn't quite stick]]. Over a decade later, the team was relaunched, with all new characters reminiscent of the older ones... and it turned out Robotman survived because he was everyone's favorite anyway. The second version of the Patrol appeared in ''"Showcase''" #94-96 (August-December, 1977), written by Paul Kupperberg. Sales were not good enough to get them a new title, but they went on to become regulars of the DC universe, receiving guest appearances in Kupperberg-written titles featuring {{Supergirl}}, the Comicbook/TeenTitans, and Comicbook/{{Superman}}.

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[[NotQuiteDead It didn't quite stick]]. Over a decade later, the team was relaunched, with all new characters reminiscent of the older ones... and it turned out Robotman survived because he was everyone's favorite anyway. The second version of the Patrol appeared in ''"Showcase''" #94-96 (August-December, 1977), written by Paul Kupperberg. Sales were not good enough to get them a new title, but they went on to become regulars of the DC universe, receiving guest appearances in Kupperberg-written titles featuring {{Supergirl}}, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, the Comicbook/TeenTitans, and Comicbook/{{Superman}}.
Franchise/{{Superman}}.
18th Sep '16 8:31:37 AM moloch
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Since then there have been a few subsequent revivals. [[Comicbook/{{BPRD}} John Arcudi]] wrote a series for twenty-two issues - the first few issues seemed like a typical "corporate superhero" reboot [[MidSeasonTwist but this was actually a fake-out]], and they rapidly get entangled in more typically "Doom Patrol" schemes involving [[TheBusCameBack characters from the previous series]], corporate manipulation, a soul-stealing demon and Chinese sorcerer spirits. Unfortunately to the fake-out opening issues, the series shed regular readers, and was eventually cancelled. John Byrne did a ContinuityReboot that was straight superhero fare - ill-fated to begin with and [[CanonDiscontinuity downright ignored by other DC books of the time.]] It eventually ended with the CrisisCrossover ''InfiniteCrisis'', which undid most of Byrne's changes and restored the team's history. Byrne did finally manage to bring original member (the ''only'' one who had yet to return) Elasti-Girl BackFromTheDead , though. After an appearance in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic and [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Animated Series]], their popularity resurged enough for them to get their own new series in 2009, written by Keith Giffen (of ''JLI'' fame) who was practically begging for the position. This time, the original team were employed as a policing force of sorts on Oolong Island, the haven for [[MadScientist mad scientists]] from Comicbook/FiftyTwo, and Giffen made it clear that (in typically weird Doom Patrol fashion) ''everything'' had happened to them. [[MultipleChoicePast Even the contradictory stuff]].

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Since then there have been a few subsequent revivals. [[Comicbook/{{BPRD}} John Arcudi]] wrote a series for twenty-two issues - the first few issues seemed like a typical "corporate superhero" reboot [[MidSeasonTwist but this was actually a fake-out]], and they rapidly get entangled in more typically "Doom Patrol" schemes involving [[TheBusCameBack characters from the previous series]], corporate manipulation, a soul-stealing demon and Chinese sorcerer spirits. Unfortunately due to the fake-out opening issues, the series shed regular readers, and was eventually cancelled. John Byrne did a ContinuityReboot that was straight superhero fare - ill-fated to begin with and [[CanonDiscontinuity downright ignored by other DC books of the time.]] It eventually ended with the CrisisCrossover ''InfiniteCrisis'', which undid most of Byrne's changes and restored the team's history. Byrne did finally manage to bring original member (the ''only'' one who had yet to return) Elasti-Girl BackFromTheDead , though. After an appearance in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic and [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Animated Series]], their popularity resurged enough for them to get their own new series in 2009, written by Keith Giffen (of ''JLI'' fame) who was practically begging for the position. This time, the original team were employed as a policing force of sorts on Oolong Island, the haven for [[MadScientist mad scientists]] from Comicbook/FiftyTwo, and Giffen made it clear that (in typically weird Doom Patrol fashion) ''everything'' had happened to them. [[MultipleChoicePast Even the contradictory stuff]].
18th Sep '16 8:29:49 AM moloch
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** Roughly played with in the Giffen series, which reveals Larry ''has'' been dead since the accident that turned him into Negative Man. Since then, it's been the N-Man entity in a variety of clones. But the N-Man isn't sure he's not Larry sometimes. Or something. The whole thing is sorta fuzzy, and even Larry isn't certain anymore.

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** Roughly played with in the Giffen series, which reveals Larry ''has'' Larry's been [[DeadAllAlong dead since the accident accident]] that turned him into Negative Man. Since then, it's been the N-Man entity in a variety of clones. But Maybe. Because the N-Man isn't sure he's not ''not'' Larry sometimes.either. Or something. The whole thing is sorta fuzzy, and even Larry (or "Larry") isn't certain anymore.



* {{Transvestite}}: Danny the Street (his male-geared stores, like gun shops, are covered in pink lace and the like), and a number of people who live on him. Overlaps with WholesomeCrossdresser as Danny is possibly the [[NiceGuy kindest, nicest fellow]] in the entire DCU

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* {{Transvestite}}: Danny the Street (his male-geared stores, like gun shops, are covered in pink lace and the like), and a number of people who live on him. Overlaps with WholesomeCrossdresser as Danny is possibly the [[NiceGuy kindest, nicest fellow]] in the entire DCUDCU.
18th Sep '16 8:14:42 AM moloch
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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Kate was killed in flashback [[spoiler: by Dorothy, accidentally]] in the Arcudi series. Nudge and Grunt are killed and run away respectively in the first issue of the Giffen series, with poor Nudge getting KilledMidSentence.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Kate was killed in flashback [[spoiler: by Dorothy, accidentally]] in the Arcudi series. Nudge and Grunt are killed and run away respectively in the first issue of the Giffen series, with poor Nudge getting KilledMidSentence. Note that this is practically a Doom Patrol tradition - if the outgoing writer doesn't KillEmAll, the incoming writer will often do this.
18th Sep '16 8:12:30 AM moloch
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* BrainInAJar: Monsieur Mallah's partner, The Brain, of course. Cliff, too, as he's just a brain in a robot body. [[spoiler: Niles eventually is just a head on a tray.]]

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* BrainInAJar: Monsieur Mallah's partner, The Brain, of course. Cliff, too, as he's just a brain in a robot body. [[spoiler: And by Pollack's run, Niles eventually Caulder is just reduced to a bad-tempered head on a tray.]]tray. He gets better]].
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