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Review: ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 1 Episode 4 – “Cult Patrol”
“Cult Patrol” Writer: Marcus Dalzine & Chris Dingess
Director: Stefan Pleszczynski
Starring: Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Joivan Wade, Mark Sheppard & Ted Sutherland. Featuring Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk
Review by Steve J. Ray
In this week’s episode: The power of The Beatles, hot sauce, Simon & Garfunkel in a French accent (blue style, and a little bit pony) plus; what exactly happens to letters that never get sent? Yes, the whacky’s back, and this episode is pure magic… literally.
Time To Pick Up A Good Book
This episode of Doom Patrol has a completely different feel to the first three. Not better, not worse... different. The attention to detail and respect for the comics is as high in this chapter as it is in any comic-book adaptation I’ve ever seen. The Cult Of The Unwritten Book, and all it’s various members, are beautifully brought to life. If you haven’t read the comics, don’t worry; in fact, I’m actually quite jealous. Writers Marcus Dalzine and Chris Dingess, along with director Stefan Pleszczynski, have done an amazing job of updating and enhancing all these wonderful characters for TV.
I must applaud fellow Brit Mark Sheppard, too. This man is one of my favourite actors and, like Alan (Mr. Nobody) Tudyk, is a veritable GreekGeek God. Sheppard has appeared in almost every franchise imaginable: X-Files, Star Trek: Voyager, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Doctor Who, and of course, as the King Of Hell, Crowley, in Supernatural. This fella’s the real deal.
It’s Not Just The Sauce That’s Hot
Willoughby Kipling was created specifically for Doom Patrol by writer Grant Morrison. Back in the day the original intent was for John Constantine to battle the Cult, in the Doom Patrol comics series. These days we all know and see Constantine across the entire DC Universe, both in comics and on-screen. Back then, though, the editors of Vertigo Comics (DC’s mature readers imprint where Constantine made his home), wanted to keep their worlds separate from the rest of DC Comics continuity. Thus, Willoughby Kipling was born.
Yes, there are very many similarities between the two characters, but their backgrounds are quite different. You’ll find this out for yourselves in this wonderful episode.
Mark Sheppard is also very, very different to Matt (Constantine Ryan). Not better, not worse… different. After just one episode I am completely in love with Sheppard’s irreverent, ballsy, and rough around the edges character. I’m not spoiling anything by saying that this isn’t the last we’ll see of him either.
Keep an Eye out.
The entire Doom Patrol team also grows in leaps and bounds this week. We learn a lot more about Rebis, the energy being who lives within Larry Trainor, and it's not too much of a stretch to say that Rita Farr finally starts to live up to her name. Cliff and Jane also reach a turning point in both how they see other, and themselves. We finally get to see our first glimpse of Kay Challis, too.
The writing team really has done an outstanding job of getting to the heart of these characters, while still delivering an hour of action, thrills, magic, suspense and silliness. That’s where the difference I mentioned earlier comes in. Yes, this episode delivers as much mind-bending lunacy as its predecessors, but a lot more action. We get to really see the Patrol start to coalesce into a fighting force, and a team. Four episodes in, that’s a fantastic sign.
This week’s episode completely delivers everything that I love about Doom Patrol, but the stakes have been raised. We’re finally seeing the kind of threats on TV that fans of the comics have enjoyed, and come to expect, for decades. Oracles, mystical realms, killer nuns, undead assassins… it’s all here.
This show is unlike any other series on television. Not better, not worse… different.
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“ Off The Clock “ Writer: Katie Cook Artist: Butch Mapa Color Artist: Protobunker Letterers: Christa Miesner and Valeria Lopez Review by Steve J. Ray Some of my favorite comics are those that honor and follow the style of movies and TV shows. Comics like The Batman Adventures , for example. So, you can only Imagine my delight when a knock on my door resulted in my being handed the latest package from Penguin Random House. The box contained a copy of Marvel Action: Avengers : “Off The Clock”. This gorgeous little trade paperback collects issues #1-#3 of Marvel Action: Avengers , and is one of the most fun comics, both in terms of story and art, that I’ve read featuring these particular characters, in a long, long time. Synchronicity Strikes Again Recently I helped promote a couple of fan films which gave us a day, and a night, in the life of a superhero trying to get some time off. By some amazing quirk of fate, this book shows six Avengers (at first… ) trying to cope with some H.R.
First Degree: A Crime Anthology , is a book that puts the spotlight on crime noir and features dozens of short graphic stories from a variety of talent from around the globe. Here's the full press release, courtesy of Humanoids and Superfan Promotions: First Degree Acclaimed Graphic Novel Publisher Humanoids Assembles A Thrilling Team of International Talent Including David F. Walker David Aja, and Dozens More for a Crime Noir Anthology Humanoids, the acclaimed graphic novel publisher, has assembled a thrilling roster of international creators, including David F. Walker (Bitter Root) and David Aja (Hawkeye, The Seeds), for an anthology that puts the spotlight on crime noir. FIRST DEGREE: A CRIME ANTHOLOGY will feature dozens of short crime noir stories from a variety of talent from around the globe, as well as art by Michael Lark (Gotham Central, Lazarus) and cover art from Aja. A woman lures her husband and his secret lover to an abandoned house. Something sinister is happening i