Doom Patrol #4 – Why did I buy this?!?

Doom Patrol #4 (DC – Giffen / Justiniano / Livesay )

When BLACKEST NIGHT falls, skeletons start coming out of the closets — and no one has more skeletons in his closet than Niles Caulder, founder of the Doom Patrol. Caulder has been playing god for years, and the time for a reckoning has come. The Doom Patrol thought they knew darkness. Find out how wrong they were in this BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in issue!

Meanwhile, in the Metal Men co-feature, trendy meets grotesque when the robots battle a group of living mannequins.

I can say that I was suckered in by the Blackest Night banner on this book.  I think the cover is the coolest thing about this book.  Serious Doom Patrol fans may have gotten more out of this book than I did with the Black Lanterns taking control of the Chief’s wife, among other former members/adversaries/friends.  There are a few panels in the book that are a little intriguing: Negative Man’s “spectrum view,” all will with a heart of fear; Caulder’s unshaking avarice; and Robot Man coming face to face with his human body.  I guess I should have said SPOILER ALERT, but lets be honest, it is a Doom Patrol book.  The Metal Men second feature is pretty weak by comparison to what I read of their run in Wednesday Comics.  This book also has yet another preview of the Batman/Dov Savage story.  I think the Man of Bronze is pretty cool, but putting the preview in nearly every book still isn’t going to get me to buy it, Dan.

Issue Grade: D

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Updated: November 2, 2010 — 11:04 am

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