Debuting back in 1963, they’re a group of outcast superheroes led by a wheelchair-bound genius, that protects a world that fears and hates them. You probably think by that description I’m talking about the X-Men, but I’m not. I’m talking about DC Comics‘ super team the Doom Patrol. And although they had a startlingly similar premise to Marvel’s Merry Mutants, they never caught on in quite the same way. That is until 1989, when a young writer named Grant Morrison took the classic premise of the sixties series and made it really weird and trippy, changing the way superhero stories were told.
Now writer Gerard Way, best known for his Eisner Award winning series The Umbrella Academy (not to mention being the frontman for the band My Chemical Romance) decided to bring back some of the Morrison style weirdness and imagination for a 21st century version of the The Doom Patrol, making it the flagship series for his pop-up imprint at DC called Young Animal. To celebrate the release of his first Doom Patrol collection, “Brick By Brick,” Way has created a new Spotify playlist featuring the songs that inspired him when creating the latest iteration of the world’s strangest heroes.
Gerard Way’s playlist matches Doom Patrol’s many moods–the punk explosion of the Damned, the raw power of Iggy and Judas Priest, the mournfulness of Spiritualized—it’s all here, as well as tracks from the likes of the Pixies, the Stone Roses, Frank Black, and Pavement. You can listen to the full Gerard Way Doom Patrol Spotify playlist down below.
Here’s the official description for the Doom Patrol Vol 1: Brick by Brick, .
“A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, Doom Patrol combines elements from classic runs, new directions and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young E.M.T. on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3 a.m. is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, a.k.a. Robotman. This first Doom Patrol trade paperback collects issues #1-6.”
Doom Patrol Vol.1. “Brick by Brick” is available in comic shops now.
Which of Way’s musical choices do you think epitomizes the Doom Patrol the best? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.
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