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Ilias Kyriazis and Scott Lobdell’s doomed ‘Patrol’ pitch

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Artist Ilias Kyriazis doesn’t say why his and Scott Lobdell’s pre-New 52 pitch for a Doom Patrol miniseries didn’t go anywhere, so while calling it “doomed” is technically correct, I’m not implying that it was shot down in any sort of malevolent way. There are many reasons that pitches and projects don’t get off the ground and, frankly, I’m not that interested in what most of those are. What I do love are cool, imaginative takes on familiar characters and this definitely falls into that category.

Kyriazis describes the concept this way:

The team would deal with secret “end-of-the-world” situations (because “DOOM patrol”). They’d routinely save the Earth but would receive no apperiation nor respect since no one would know about it. They’d be based in Las Vegas and would be led by Changeling (with the help of Robotman who has been reduced to toy size and is worn around his teammate’s neck).

Whether readers would have accepted this team as the Doom Patrol is debatable, but as someone without a deep connection to the classic lineup, I love this idea. In addition to Changeling and miniature Robotman, Lobdell and Kyriazis’ version would also include Tefe Holland (Swamp Thing’s daughter), Platinum from the Metal Men, Bizarro (now with a secret identity he’d struggle to maintain), Zatarra and Madame .44 (a DC Western hero who would travel to the future to join the team).

The creators had also figured out a way for Changeling, Platinum and Tefe Holland (code-named Sprout) to morph into a single, triply dangerous fighting machine. See that, character designs, and a couple of cover concepts below and at Kyriazis’ website.

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Lobdell is at his best when he’s writing unconventional superheroes (see: Generation X), and this fits the bill. This could have been a wonderful little series, but I wouldn’t totally give up hope that this mini will never see the light of day.

Thanks! :D
This would have been fun to draw but c’est la vie.

looks great Ilias!! Lobdell seems to be an artist friendly writer too, and he’s great at off the beaten path type stuff like this – shame this didn’t happen!

I think the “45-year-olds” comment says pretty well why DC didn’t go for this pitch: their target audience of aging, hidebound fanboys would throw a fit.

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August 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

This would have been a really great read I think…but what do I know?

WTF?!?

DC actually turned down his terrific and unusual “sale pitch” story plot?

That’s another one of DC’s very, very bad move.

Some of you asked, “what do you mean, ‘That’s another one of DC’s'…”.

One of many others happened to be Dave Stevens’ Classic Superman meet The Rockeeter proposal.
Check these links:
http://www.geekpeeks.com/2010/11/12/the-rocketeer-meets-superman/
http://www.geekpeeks.com/2010/11/12/the-rocketeer-meets-superman/

Yes, you can scream. I did that 3 years ago.

This could’ve been Just Weird Enough…

Bizarro? OMG I love it based on that ALONE.

Looked like a great idea.

I’m surprised that no-one pointed out the similarities between Changeling/Sprout/Platinum and the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. Or is it too obvious?

Cool concept art.
Congratulations, Ilias

I would have bought this, hands down.

DC said no to this, but yes to Liefeld on, what… sixty books?

Bleah…

Awesome art, but I’m not so sure about the writing.

I’m happy the Didio and company finally made a wise decision.

Crazy concepts like this are perfect for a “digital first” format.

That last bit came out wrong, I meant to say that I wouldn’t give up hope for this project will survive to see the light of day. Must of had a brainfart when I was typing it the first time.

“That’s another one of DC’s very, very bad move.”

You don’t know why the pitch was turned down. Any number of reasons which you’re not privy too.

So to make generalisations like that @Nicholas say more about you than anyone else.

Lobdell`s not a faf of mine. But THIS…THIS not happening is…

BOOOHOHOHOHOHOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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