WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Doom Patrol #9 by Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Tom Fowler, Tamra Bonvillain and Todd Klein, on sale now.
Young Animal’s incarnation of Doom Patrol has certainly lived up to the weird history of the title, but more than that it has been paying homage to every past run on the title, from creators Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani to underrated runs by the likes of John Arcudi and Tan Eng Huat, and Keith Giffen and Matthew Clark.
Of course, when it comes to the Doom Patrol, everything lives in the shadow of Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s seminal run on the title in the late-80s and early-90s. In Gerard Way, Nick Derington and Tom Fowler's latest issue tapped that weirdest and wackiest villain from that iconic run to menace the all-new Doom Patrol in a whole new way.
Say “I Love You”
Following on from the last issue’s cliffhanger, the Doom Patrol were confronted by two giant mechs screaming statements such as “SAYILOVU” and “ISHIPIT”. While at first Flex Mentallo’s power of Muscle Mystery seems to be no match for the mechs until Jane goes against their wishes by telling Robotman that she can’t stand him. Her faux hatred is enough to weaken the mechs enough for them to be destroyed and their pilots shortly melted into goo.
Speaking of love, it sure seems to be in the air for Casey Brinke recently, though there may be something more sinister behind it. In the last issue, Casey was reunited with her cat Lotion who had recently undergone a rapid evolutional into a bipedal catman; their reunion soon got weird as only Doom Patrol does, as Casey and Lotion did the deed, seemingly out of nowhere. This issue, a similar event happens with Casey and her roommate Terry None, again not long after Casey polished off a box of $#!+. Whether the mysterious superfood has something to do with the loss of inhibitions is unclear as of now, but as we see later in the issue the creator of $#!+ certainly has some bad intentions in mind.