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Doom Patrol #16

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"Convergence": Part 1

Writer/Artist: John Byrne, Doug Hazelwood(i), Alex Bleyaert(c)
Publisher: DC

Doom Patrol gets a perfect score just for being so darn unpredictable. When I saw the covers in Previews, I immediately thought Byrne was revisiting old territory: namely Dark Phoenix and Dark Wanda.

“Convergence” is not a Dark Nudge story. Instead, Byrne takes into account the experience of his readers to take the story into altogether different territory. I am very impressed.

“Convergence” left me breathless. I kept turning the pages just to see what would happen next, and the plot twists involving Nudge’s occupation or the minor twists involving Robotman do not solely offer the reader surprises. Byrne brings in elements connected to the larger Doom Patrol continuity tapestry that keep the reader off balance.

Byrne left last issue on a helluva cliffhanger, which seemed to accent the first part of the team’s name. In this issue, Byrne satisfies every one of those predicaments in an original fairplay manner.

The one thing you can count on from Byrne is detailed, aesthetic artwork that moves the story forward. “Convergence” moves at a break-neck pace but each panel makes you wish to slow down and just absorb what Byrne has illustrated to the pages.



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