Doom Patrol #7 - 'While You Were Out...' and 'The End Of The Road!' - Giffen, Clark, Richards and Livesay
Story - Giffen's Doom Patrol is an odd book, it seems to be reaching for a particular tone, that it never quite reaches, at times it's a lot of wacky fun, and at others it's too serious. It can't decide wheter it's old-school Silver-Age DP, or Grant Morrison DP. Might I suggest Giffen do something entirely new?
This issue brings back a couple of Morrison concepts, Crazy Jane and that painting that ate Paris. But it also brings back the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, a gloriously goofy character from the original run. Where are you taking this Giffen? I don't even know! The Patrol themselves are only in the issue for one page, and the best character is actually a Challenger Of The Unknown.
Giffen also brings back Oberon from the JLI here, as the owner of a Superhero moving business... it's as odd as you'd expect.
The Metal Men back-up is of course comedy genius of the highest order, and I worry for this book's survival without it, it seems to me that most people are buying this mainly for Metal Men, and not Doom Patrol. I hope Giffen finds a tone and goal and reaches it, because Doom Patrol is still a work in progess after 7 issues.
Art - The art here is adequate, Matthew Clark only does a few pages, with Cliff Richards doing the rest, his art is fine, but there's nothing to set it apart from anything else ever, he's close enough to Clark so the tone is consistent. Maguire is awesome, facial expressions, Giganta boobs, I'll miss him.
Best Line - 'If I had a libido - it would be incredibly stimulated right now'
7/10 Bumped up a whole point because of MM.