Gerard Way's 'Doom Patrol' takes you on a wild ride

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BYCesar R. Bustamante Jr.
Cover of "Doom Patrol."

Reading Gerard Way’s “Doom Patrol” is like taking a high-octane ride with a punk-rocking ambulance driver trying to save your life.

The main character, Casey Brinke, is a video game-playing first responder who gets sucked into the adventures of the Doom Patrol.

They’re a superhero team of misfits with names like Robotman and Flex Mentallo, and trust me when I say Casey is practically made to join them.

It’s a wild comic with art by Nick Derington and Tamra Bonvillain that’s as colorful and vibrant as the characters and story. It asks you to do more than just believe that a man can become a cyborg.

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It asks you to believe that a sentient lifeform in the shape of a brick can be hurled through space to kill a god.

Crazy proposition, but do it, believe in that strange fun-loving brick up in the sky and you’ll find a book filled with wily humor, delighting in absurdity and full of heart.

Because in the mix of this crazy adventure is something obviously sentimental for Way that shines through the work without it feeling like a vanity project.

"Doom Patrol" from DC Comics.

(DC Entertainment)

From the pages of "Doom Patrol."

(DC Entertainment)

From the pages of "Doom Patrol."

(DC Entertainment)

From the pages of "Doom Patrol."

(DC Entertainment)

From the pages of "Doom Patrol."

(DC Entertainment)

DC Comics' "Doom Patrol."

(DC Entertainment)

Way is more than a huge fan of these oddball characters. You can tell they felt like actual companions at some point, that he read their misadventures while on his own journey to become a rock star. (Yes, Way is the same Gerard Way of the band, My Chemical Romance.)

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While future mainstream coverage of his comic book work will likely concentrate on the “Umbrella Academy,” the soon-to-be Netflix show, you shouldn’t miss out on this series.

“Doom Patrol” is a love letter to Negative Man, Crazy Jane and the rest of the strange bunch.

It’s a testament to how heroes can leap off the page and become something like real life friends that “help you write the fiction you want to be.”

“Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick” is available now from DC Comics.

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