A FOURTH wall-breaking baddie narrating the action; an army of backsides causing havoc; and a town-sucking donkey.
It’s fair to say Doom Patrol isn’t your average TV show – even by comic book adaptation standards.
But it’s as brilliant as it is bizarre with a collection of misfit heroes we learn to love, despite their physical and psychological flaws.
And while not quite A-list, show creator Jeremy Carver has amassed an impressive ensemble to fill the titular team.
Brendan Fraser (Cliff) returns to the mainstream as a cursing Frankenstein-like robot, Matt Bomer (Larry) plucks heart strings and Timothy Dalton (Chief) reminds us what a talented actor he is.
April Bowlby (Rita) shines as a fading 50s actress-turned-shape-shifter and Joivan Wade’s Cyborg is superior to Ray Fisher’s big screen version.
There are no weak links to be found but the stand-outs are Diane Guerrero’s Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk’s Mr Nobody.
It can’t be easy to emit 64 different identities but Guerrero manages it, evoking rage, sadness, violence and potty-mouthed putdowns in equal measure, while Tudyk’s self-aware, dimension-hopping villain is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
With a talking street transporting itself across the globe, an episode centred around group therapy and heroes who don’t think twice about laying waste to their enemies, we’re a long way off the Justice League.
But that’s one of the big appeals about this awesomely offbeat show. At the end of every episode you think things can’t possibly get any weirder – but don’t bet on it as you’ll end up out of pocket.
Following on from Watchmen, Swamp Thing, much of the Arrowverse and Pennyworth (which I’m currently watching and loving), Doom Patrol is another home run for DC’s diverse TV universe.
Marvel may well have ruled the comic book movie roost thus far but when it comes to the small screen its major studio rival is flying off into the distance.
●What are your thoughts on Doom Patrol? Do you think DC has the jump on Marvel when it comes to its television shows?
●Doom Patrol Season 1 is available now on DVD.