When I first got into comics in the mid-80s, I was fascinated by the revamp of The Doom Patrol, featuring my first look at the art of Steve Lightle (who is now numbered among my all-time favorite artists.)  That was volume two of the book, which led into Grant Morrison’s Vertigo take with Flex Mentallo and Danny The Street and all that, and it led me to pick up a run of the original DP series going back to ‘My Greatest Adventure.’  (Working in the back-issue department of a comic store has its perks, Faithful Spoilerites.)  With the multiple takes, retakes, revamps and relaunches, though, the Patrol has had dozens of members including a four-armed ape, two or three different iterations of Elasti-Girl, the world-famous Titan known as Beast Boy and Mento, the superhero also known as The Freshmaker, leading to today’s atypical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always had an inexplicable fondness for Arani Desai, the hardcase-who-turned-out-to-possibly-be-a-crazy-stalker known as Celsius, asking: Which of the outcasts and weirdos of the Doom Patrol is your favorite character?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Ditto on Robotman. It has been a very, very long time since I followed any incarnation of Doom Patrol (outside of appearances in other works, the last series I really had was the bulk of Vol. 2 I inherited from a cousin who got rid of his comics after getting married around 1996), but he’s the one I can most easily recognize across most other incarnations of the team, as well as being a concept I’m utterly fascinated with (human brain in an artificial body).

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