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Doom Patrol (2004 Series) #10

March 28, 2005

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Hearts and Minds

The origin of Nudge and Grunt!

Writer: John Byrne
Pencils: John Byrne
Inks: Doug Hazlewood
Colors: Alex Bleyaert
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover Art: John Byrne
Publisher: DC Comics

At a time when DC comics is making a big move to bring its titles together and create a cohesive universe again, this title stands apart as a strange anachronism, one that eschews all rules of continuity and seems to exist in a universe of its own. Clearly, the book flatly contradicts most, if not all, earlier incarnations of the Doom Patrol. Furthermore, the version of Metamorpho presented in this issue doesn’t jibe with the character as he’s currently being portrayed anywhere else in the DCU. The scenes with him alone or with the team as a whole don’t really work because they don’t fit into the greater context of the DC Universe.

The bits of this issue that do work are the rather tragic origins of Nudge, the mentalist of the group, and Grunt, the bizarre six-armed gorilla. Not having read this title regularly, I don’t really know if his beginnings have been explored before, but they’re interesting. We get a portrait of someone who has been used, his entire life turned upside down and destroyed, and an understanding of why he may have latched on to Nudge.

John Byrne’s artwork is continually strong. While some of his faces this issue seem rather static, with one character looking much like another, he does a good job of conveying emotion with those faces. The action scenes are very strong, and he lays out a really strong cover.

This is an okay title, but it’s a book that doesn’t really seem to have a place in the DCU as a whole. With the whole line leaning in that direction, it’s a little disheartening that this title isn’t part of that movement.

Rating: 6/10

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