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Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 (of 7)

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Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 12 critic ratings.

The World’s Strangest Superheroes versus Anytown, USA! Just as everyone feared, the Doom Patrol have lost control and are now attacking the idyllic small town of New Poplar, Illinois. As these unstoppable monsters rampage, a new superhero must rise to stop them…enter Metawoman! But who is she, and what is her terrible secret? Only one person has the answers: the team’s former chief, Dr. Niles Caulder!

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0C74Y1FPT

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    A short aside from the main story of the title, Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 adds essential context and character development to all our heroes, new and old.

    The hope springing forth from these pages is palpable, and the positive message behind the story is clear to see. If these guys can carry on after what happened to them, you can too!

  • 100

    You Don't Read Comics

    The gorgeous visuals of the issue deeply engage with and amplify the weirdness of Culver’s script. Superhero teams are notoriously filled with neurotics, psychotics, and general dysfunction. They’re almost never given the opportunity to get in-panel psychiatric treatment. It’s fascinating to watch it happen. As weird as it is, the same overall plot COULD be brought to the page by a different writer, and it would be a completely different story. The same could be said of the art and the coloring. The weird fusion of Culver, Lafuente, and Reber has made for one of the more unique experiences on the mainstream comics rack over the course of the past few months. It’s weird to think that the series is over in just three months. It feels like it’s just getting started.

  • 100

    COMICON

    Something of a break from the norm as the members of the Doom Patrol each get their moment with the team’s therapist in ‘Unstoppable Doom Patrol ‘#4. Its a great done-in-one issue that effectively and entreatingly peels back the masks and get to the heart of each members problems thanks to some sharp writing from Dennis Culver and amazing and dynamic double page spreads from David Lafuente.

  • 97

    Comic Watch

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 takes a break from the larger narrative to give us some personal character growth for the team. The art team does a great job in highlighting the different aspects of the characters while the issue as a whole builds appreciation for the team.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This series has been an unusual one, switching gears dramatically with every issue—but never more than with this one, with guest art by David LaFuente. Instead of taking the characters on another adventure, it grounds the entire story in the realm of one character—the mysterious Dr. Syncho, a strange cosmic being who serves an important function. They’re the Doom Patrol’s therapist, and trust me, this team needs them. So this issue is all about one by one, the Doom Patrol filtering into Syncho’s office and baring their souls with varying openness. Given how much of the Doom Patrol’s story is grounded in concepts of trauma, disability, and mental illness, this is actually a brilliant concept and one that probably makes for the best episode of the series so far. This series is now confirmed as a seven-issue mini—which makes this the midway point, and it works really well with that role.

  • 90

    AIPT

    In Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4, David Lafuente brings a bombastic and surreal aesthetic that perfectly complements the story. While this issue takes a break from advancing the overall plot, it delves deep into therapy sessions with Dr. Syncho, revealing the origin stories of the team’s new members and providing recaps for Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and Robotman. The mantra of “saving the world by saving the monsters” resonates throughout, emphasizing the Doom Patrol’s commitment to holistic care for metahumans. Dr. Syncho and Jerry offer extraordinary support and insight to help these individuals not only survive but thrive with their powers.

    LaFuente’s artwork, Reber’s vibrant colors, and Brosseau’s lettering work in perfect harmony, resulting in an issue that pays homage to the Doom Patrol’s rich history while inviting new readers to explore its captivating world. Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 showcases the series’ commitment to both character-driven storytelling and breathtaking visuals.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    Some of my favorite comic stories are those where the action is psychological rather than punchaficatory (which is totally a word), and Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 is a fine example of that, taking time to stop and converse with each team member in turn, using an in-universe explanation for flashbacks, and putting each Patroller in the spotlight. This is one of my favorite DC titles in some time, and it’s worth looking into, even if you aren’t familiar with the team’s history.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    This wasn’t necessarily a bad issue of Doom Patrol. Writer Dennis Culver tried his hand at the team breakdown style story Peter David popularized with X-Factor #87. The team isn’t off on a mission this time with the biggest challenge coming from confronting their emotional demons with Dr. Syncho aka Jerry.

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    Artist David LaFuente steps in for Chris Burnham, which is always frustrating but doubly so for a limited series that runs seven issues. LaFuente’s style is big and dramatic with distorted perspectives and exaggerated features for characters. It works OK for a team like Doom Patrol, but it’s nice to see Burnham will be back to keep the visual continuity of the book going.

    Brian Reber’s color work is outstanding fully playing up the wild visual possibilities in Jerry’s “office” with wacky combinations and bold, vibrant colors exploding all over the panels.

    This series has been to establish a trend with every other issue being really enjoyable and the follow-up not as strong. It was the off-issue month, which means the next installment should be very entertaining. Good thing this series ends on an odd number.

  • 60

    ComicBook.com

    With DC extending the number of issues in Unstoppable Doom Patrol’s run, it allows the creative team to take a breather and have a character-focused issue. That’s what we get with issue #4, as we sit in with the team’s one-on-one sit-downs with a psychiatrist. We get quick rundowns on each character’s long histories, as well as an origin story for newcomers Degenerate and Beast Girl.

  • 60

    ComicBook.com

    The new midway point of Unstoppable Doom Patrol plays in a similar fashion to the classic “Personal Files” issues of Suicide Squad as it takes a break from the series’ action to feature therapy sessions with its various heroes to present their histories and current conflicts. David Lafuente features as a guest artist to portray a the fifth-dimensional therapist JERRY who transforms her patient’s thoughts into a vibrant visual collage. This plays well with the dramatic shift in style as Lafuente’s fewer lines and bold impressions of characters serve to create a brilliant dreamscape that any fan of Doom Patrol history is bound to enjoy. The visuals justify this issue’s existence, which is a good thing because the sessions themselves don’t always do the same. There’s a repetitive nature as each character receives several pages to essentially summarize their history and frame their most pressing issue within the confines of this series. There are no breaks in the nature of this action and transitions between characters often go unnoticed as their climaxes are often slight. The pieces of Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 are ultimately stronger than the whole and will make a welcome return to the series’ typical frantic action next month.

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 allows the founding members to visit Dr. Syncho to recount their origin stories and current emotional hangups. That’s it. Culver is not telling a story or doing anything more than retelling information we already know. It’s sad, but this issue, much like the series, is pointless.

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