I did not know the original Doom Patrol series was this good. I had enjoyed the My Greatest Adventures issues. They were fun, quirky and fast. Now that Haney is well into the run, these are genuinely great stories. I’m particularly impressed by the long game he has played, weaving the Patrol’s biggest villains Garguax, General Immortus, and the Brotherhood of Evil into a single overriding threat. Two of these, the General and Brotherhood, appear unlike other villains you’d find from the time. Immortus is your average Ratsi general, except of course his 2,000 years old and is always grinning like a loon.
The Brotherhood is led by your average yelling, pontificating would be world conquerer, but of course he’s a brain in a jar. His best mates are a talking gorilla and an evil private school mistress.
Garguax is the most generic alien menace, but I’m not sure that’s not supposed to be the joke.
Then we get the tale of egomaniac Steve Dayton, who never tires of reminding us that he’s the 5th richest man in the world. I love that in the end it’s Rita who keeps him out of the Patrol.
I also like the conflict within the team. You wouldn’t see that in the Justice League at the time.
Lastly, chief is still kinda a jerk. Robotman gets robot face. Chief gets a fully sculpted face, beard and all.