I wasn't quite sure I was going to read any of the Young Animal books. I was pretty sure I wasn't the age group these books were being marketed to. It feels like they're trying to take a fresh, younger approach to the line. Fresh and younger doesn't always resonate with me, mainly because I'm neither. But people whose opinions I trust have said nothing but good things about some of these books. This is my first Young Animal book and I have to say, I wasn't immediately sold on it. It took a couple of issues for things to start to gel with me, but I think that was done intentionally. A slow and careful build. Well, it worked. This is a Doom Patrol book I can get behind. While I prefer the more classic superhero version of the team, this is damn good. After I finished it, all I could think to myself (and spout off to others) is this is a Grant Morrison style Doom Patrol book, only the storytelling is understandable.
Gerard Way goes out of his way to fit the previous histories of the team into the backstory. I greatly appreciate that. What happened before still happened. But this is a new iteration and we're going forward. I anxiously await the next volume. I want to see where this goes.
Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick By Brick
Writer: Gerard Way
Artist: Nick Derington, Tom Fowler
Young Animal / DC Comics