In a notice to retailers, DC Comics said that Doom Patrol issues #7 through #9 have been shelved. There are plans to resolicit the issues “at a future date,” but following several delays that have plagued this series’ first arc, the exact time of this series’ return is yet unknown.
When the news initially broke, several sites indicated that Doom Patrol had been cancelled. Doom Patrol writer Gerard Way took to Instagram to clarify the situation, indicating that the series remains “alive and well.” He’ll be at WonderCon this weekend to talk about the future of the book and the rest of the Young Animal lineup, which he supervises.
Doom Patrol #6, written by Way and drawn by artist Nick Derington, is still scheduled to come out on April 19th. However, Mike Allred was scheduled to appear as guest artist for issue #7 and because of this delay, his future involvement is now uncertain.
Yesterday, Comics Beat reporter Torsten Adair noted that Doom Patrol Volume 2, which would have collected the second arc of the series (although the solicit erroneously claims volume 2 collects issues 1-6), was scheduled for release on January 30th of next year. While it’s possible that that street date could still be met, it seems increasingly unlikely that that will be the case.
However, the solicit to the volume does give readers and idea of where Doom Patrol will go whenever it returns…
Doom Patrol Vol. 2
Gerard Way, Nick Derington
On Sale Date: January 30, 2018
$16.99 USD, $22.99 CAD
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
Summary: Gerard Way’s Young Animal flagship title continues its monumental run here with DOOM PATROL VOL. 2!
Flex Mentallo, Robotman, Rebis, Crazy Jane and more are back to twist minds and take control. The most prevailing question in Vol. 2? What is S**t, and why is everyone eating it? Cliff doesn’t like it, but Casey can’t get enough. Sure, Cliff doesn’t like a lot of stuff, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong to be suspicious this time around. Meanwhile, we find out where Lotion the cat got off to, and how his journey has changed him. Life on the streets has made him an entirely different animal!
The spirit of Grant Morrison’s groundbreaking DOOM PATROL is captured in this debut series starring the cult-favorite misfits as a part of Gerard Way’s new Young Animal imprint. Collects issues #1-6.
DOOM PATROL is the flagship title of Young Animal—a four-book grassroots mature reader imprint, creatively spearheaded by Gerard Way, bridging the gap between the DCU and Vertigo, and focusing on the juxtaposition between visual and thematic storytelling.