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Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 (of 7)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 13 critic ratings.

Explore the World’s Strangest Superheroes’ new headquarters, the Shelter, as they welcome their brand-new member, the Worm! Catch up with Niles Caulder, Mento, Flex Mentallo, and more as we learn terrible secrets that could bring the new team to their knees before they even have a chance to get started. There’s a traitor in their midst and it’s not who you think!

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25 pages
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English
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B0BZJGMSKL

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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 reaffirms everything people love about the team. The DP are a group of flawed people, dealing with their own trauma and physical maladies, while still helping people with theirs. They’re just people doing their best, and there’s a huge amount of relatability in that.

    Thanks to The Chief, and their new-found effectiveness in the field, they’re closer to achieving their goal than ever before. Having a therapist on the team was a wise, WISE move. They’re gonna need them.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 lands all of its innovations. This comic has creators who are brave enough to try various design or narrative choices to tell the story, and a team with the acerbic and mad nature of Doom Patrol may be the best pick. Even with the bizarre powers and the prison-like base, there is a sense of comfort within the Shelter. But it now seems vulnerable, and Culver does a superb job of fracturing that feeling of safety.

  • 100

    COMICON

    As we drop in on a mission in media res, with Beast Girl saving and thereby taking on a new stray/recruit, Worm, under her wing, this gives writer Dennis Culver the appropriate narrative device by which to give readers, and Worm, a tour of the team’s HQ and a classic old-school double page spread of Doom Patrol HQ. Wonderfully realised by artist Chris Burnham. It’s not something I can say I’ve seen in some time in comics, but I always enjoyed these highly technical cross-sectioned reveals when they popped up in titles such as The New Teen Titans and The Justice League of America. A nightmare, I daresay, for the artist, but always a treat for fans. Just as it is here. And, doubly so here, as we are treated to not one but two of these layouts in this issue. A masterclass in perspective on two counts.

    (…)

    It’s an issue of stolen moments, as we flit from one conversation to another catching just enough to tantalise the tastebuds, with the always-exceptional art of Burnham, expertly complimented by the colouring of Brian Reeder, who helps set the appropriate tones of the issue, especially when we get either a weird and wonderful moment or a more dark and menacing moment. And, by the end of this second issue, there are a good deal more dark moments, as well as a surprise twist that will be, I have no doubt, costly to the new Doom Patrol. That’s if something else doesn’t nobble them first. And, there’s plenty that could in a book full of foreboding. Even before you factor in the events of the first issue to and the threat of the return of the Brotherhood of Evil. With all these seeds sown, it’s going to be a bumpy bit dynamic ride for the team and the readers.

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    After Unstoppable Doom Patrol #1 sets up the new status quo for DC’s weirdest super team, issue #2 builds upon that premise with excellent world-building and definitive character moments. This issue also serves as a reminder that the Doom Patrol occupies the “weird” side of the DC Universe by introducing odd situations and characters like Dr. Syncho, who can channel five fifth-dimension bits of intelligence who call themselves Jerry. These weirder concepts also allow Brian Reber’s explosive colors to liven up some crazier Chris Burnham drawings. Brief moments like this have defined this book in the past, and seeing this creative team tackle the same concepts will help win over long-time fans.

    (…)

    Whereas the first issue laid the groundwork for the series, Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 does some backtracking and reminds readers where this team came from. There is a quick reference to Niles Caulder’s actions which gave the original team members their powers, some insight as to what Danny is up to, and Robotman grieving the death of Dorothy Spinner. Newer fans may not understand these references, but including them here will win over fans that want a creative team to build off of existing continuity.

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 continues to build upon the team’s new status quo, while also interjecting the weirdness that makes the book so unique. The references to prior continuity and universe shattering art build this up to be a near perfect comic book.

  • 90

    AIPT

    The Doom Patrol is back thanks to the Dawn of DC initiative, with Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham behind the wheel. Unstoppable Doom Patrol features classic characters along with new ones, and even opened its series with Batman appearing. Now with the team established and their mission to help new metahumans, Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 aims to shed light on their internal operations.

    The latest issue is a good one for team building and character work. It’s unfortunate this is a limited series since this issue does so much to build up the characters and their home base. If you like cross-sectional headquarters art in comics (and who doesn’t?), this issue is for you. Burnham will explode your imagination with multiple rooms, headquarter design, and logical setup. They’re hiding underground, but unfortunately, as we learn in this issue, Peacemaker is on their trail.

    (…)

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol has all the hallmarks of a well-written and planned new series, and one that could and very much should sustain 100 issues. There’s a rich history behind each character to play with as the new series explores a world where there are new metahumans who need more help than ever.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    The second installment of this latest run of Doom Patrol feels more in line with expectations after that introduction story during a Lazarus Planet spin-off with weird characters, a bizarre scenario and engaging, quirky characters.

    Writer Dennis Culver has set up a strong dynamic with the main field team of the core three and newer recruits Beast Girl and Degenerate. Some other Doom Patrol fan favorite characters show up this issue in different roles to keep them fresh and avoid making the book read too much like a retread.

    Culver also dives into the weirder aspects of Doom Patrol illustrated beautifully by artist Chris Burnham, who has no problem leaning in to the more body horror aspects of the characters. Burnham crafts some memorable visuals that aid in giving the title a unique style unlike anything else in DC. Colorist Brian Reber’s choice for a bold vibrant color palette is a smart choice as it goes against the darker themes at play.

    Maybe the only weird part of the issue is Peacemaker being positioned as the book’s big bad. Typically, DC tries to have more synergy with its other media properties and Peacemaker is the hero/main character of his self-titled show. Making him a heartless government operative might be more in line with the standard comic portrayal of the character, but it creates a big disconnect for any fan of the character from the show.

    Although this issue wasn’t overflowing with action, Culver and Burnham double down on the eccentric nature of Doom Patrol making for a fascinating and enthralling character study.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The first issue of this series left me a little lukewarm, focusing too much on setting up the Doom Patrol’s new status quo and establishing a world where the DCU wasn’t nearly as friendly to metahumans as it used to be. It didn’t feel like a true Doom Patrol book—but this issue does, and it’s potentially one of the most promising new DC books in a long time. Along with Beast Girl and last issue’s Degenerate, the Doom Patrol has another new recruit—the young Worm, a boy with a symbiotic giant caterpillar that lives within him. He’s quickly fast friends with Beast Girl as she gives him the grand tour of The Shelter. That’s the Doom Patrol’s new HQ—a bustling underground facility where Jane’s new personality as the Chief rules the roost, Niles Caulder schemes to get his old power back, and other characters live their lives far away from the prying eyes of the surface world.

    This issue does an amazing group of establishing the Doom Patrol as a “family of outcasts,” with a double-page spread of the HQ having some amazing quiet moments. The pathos this series gives Robotman and the tributes it pays to past runs are just a few of the highlights. However, it’s not all smooth—because Worm isn’t what he appears to be. The boy is actually a mole sent by Peacemaker to infiltrate the organization and provide information—under penalty of his brain bomb being blown up. The issue ends with a tense race against time to save the boy, with a bittersweet twist that takes a dark turn with the last page. This whole story is incredibly bizarre, with some really surreal moments—exactly as the Doom Patrol should be. It’s not easy to work these characters into the mainstream DCU, but Culver might have the best angle of any creator in a long time.

  • 90

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Flex Mentallo is back! That’s all you need to know! But this second issue is crammed full of nostagia and touching moments. From Cliff visiting Dorothy’s grave to his reaching out trying to find Danny the Street. By the look of it, the new Chief has managed to gather 80% of the Doom Patrol revolving cast including the old Chief and I couldn’t be more happy. Unfortunately, Peacemaker is still a jerk and someone is not happy that the band is getting back together. Plus, I couldn’t help but notice that this is a limited series (I got the variant cover for issue one which doesn’t tell you that!) And while I was willing to suffer through another reboot (Dawn of DC indeed!) it makes me nervious when the powers that be aren’t willing to give the new titles a chance to prove themselves. The whole “You’ve got six issues to make it or break it!” doesn’t cut it with me. Don’t believe enough in your new titles, restart up the Showcase title and do it that way. It doesn’t seem fair to Dennis Culver, Chris Burnham, Brian Reber, and the rest of the creative team. With a real feel for the subject matter, this one could be a contender if it is allowed to be.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    We got a lot of new information regarding how this iteration of Doom Patrol operates. Dr. Caulder made a comeback in a supporting role for the team, plus they introduced the team’s new base of operations. They are taking full advantage of the chaos from “Lazarus Planet” to create their own Justice League-style operation. There’s a heartbreaking moment involving one of the new recruits to Doom Patrol, but that just moves the plot ahead even more in the conclusion of the story.

  • 73

    Major Spoilers

    Although most of the issue is spent on establishing The Shelter and the team’s new status quo, Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 makes it crystal clear that it’s intended as a pastiche of Marvel’s mutant situation, introducing some exciting new twists and turns while keeping the character focus tight, with strong art. Unlike issue one, this book includes the information that it’s only a six-issue limited series on the cover, making me more determined to let Faithful Spoilerites know what they’re missing, in the hopes of more Unstoppable Doom Patrol in the future.

  • 72

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Culver crafts an entertaining story with some interesting characters and intrigue. Unfortunately, the plot spends too much time on Peacemaker and his presence is a huge distraction for new readers trying to get to know these characters, their dynamics and conflicts. It’s also a distraction for fans of the characters because you miss out on character development in favor of a character that seems to be there for a specific agenda. The Chief/Jane tension was much more interesting and should have been explored more.

    The Art: Burnham delivers some great art in the issue. I love the cutaway shot of the base and the character moments as the spy moves through the facility.

  • 55

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 delivers an impressive amount of world-building for new readers but doesn’t do much in terms of setup or plot. If you’re new to Doom Patrol, you may like the primer. For existing fans, there’s not much here you don’t already know.

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