P:R Approved: Alejandro Bruzzese’s Doom Patrol!

Note: After winning it all in our Fantastic Four: Fashion Forward redesign contest, Alejandro Bruzzese is back with a new take on another science adventurers — DC’s Doom Patrol. Describing them as the “most dysfunctional, co-dependent, miserable group of volunteer world-savers ever,” Bruzzese brings this team of misfits together and start redesigning based on their second outfits from the 1960s. As you can see, Bruzzese isn’t afraid to change things — as seen with Robotman — but also brings in real life inspirations and applications into his work. – Chris A.


I see Cliff, before his accident, as a man of excess. Racing, sex, drinking, fame – You name it, he wanted more of it.

I based his design on the ASIMO robot. Sturdy, incredibly strong, capable of taking a cannonball to the “face” without a scratch, and slow as hell. The machine is invincible, but it’s also completely lacking anything like a nervous system. This is the brain of a race car driver, who was obsessed with feeling everything there was to feel, driving a cumbersome tank that can never be destroyed. It’s torture.


Probably the most drastically changed of the team. I see him as a scientific visionary who wants nothing more than to be adored by all of humanity. He’s directly responsible for the accidents that changed the lives of the rest of the group, as well as the accident that cost him his legs. The only difference is that while he gave the others amazing abilities that double as curses, he enhanced his own body without any ill effects. He’s faster, stronger, and looks younger. To outsiders he appears to be the most super-heroic of the bunch, but he’s still a mad egomaniac who makes terrible decisions.

I based his prosthetic legs on the ones used by professional runners, and his beard on Auguste Rodin’s.


Since ze’s one of my favorite comic book characters, I barely made any changes to Rebis aside from the uniform. Ze’s a physical union of every person to use the names Negative Man and Negative Woman, but as a tribute to the original, Air Force pilot Larry Trainor, I made the shades aviators.

The chemically treated bandages are laid on very thick, restricting hir movements a little, but that’s what the Negative Spirit is for. To compensate for the physical body, which, even though I attempted to make as gender-neutral as possible, came out slightly more masculine, I modeled the Spirit after a prehistoric fertility goddess.

Despite being locked in a cancer-riddled body which ze can only escape for seconds at a time, Rebis is the only member of the team who’s truly happier after their accident.


As a former actress whose career was cut short after a strange accident, I wanted Rita to be the media-savvy, smiling face of the group. She works now and again, but her obligation to the group prevents her going back into acting full time, as does her condition. Kind of a Michael J. Fox situation.

It takes intense concentration on her part to hold the shape of her old body, which she never gets quite right. If she loses her cool she snaps into this twenty foot tall mess of jumbled long limbs.

Her look wasn’t based on anyone in particular, but I wanted her to ‘feel’ like Gwyneth Paltrow.


15 comments to “P:R Approved: Alejandro Bruzzese’s Doom Patrol!”
  1. Nice costumes. The logo is great, especially on Rebis. I wish that Alejandro had gone with Elasti-Girl’s original power set, but at least he didn’t stick her with the version from Byrne’s run.

  2. I really like the updates of the main four! Negative Man in particular, but wasn’t Elasti-girl’s power to grow and shrink ala Hank Pym and Wasp versus stretching like Mister Fantastic?

    You should do some of the other members!

  3. These are GREAT!!! Love the costume and power updates, though I’m with DruidDan about Elastigirl, she should grow and shrinl according to her emotions, when she’s mad or excited she grows and when embarassed sad, she shrinks.

  4. don’t mind Rita and Larry’s reworks, but Cliff and the Chief, pass. the basic costume is a good update of the silver age look, but anytime I see any sort of DP logo it makes me wince.

  5. The updates are positive ideas and you’ve captured the dark, damaged reality of the Doom Patrol. I even like crazy and colorful impracticality of the outfit. However, I feel like you’ve done too good a job of pushing the tragic nature of the team. I couldn’t bear to read this book and be exposed to their constant suffering.

  6. Sooooo…that’s just the Planet Pulp logo that he lifted. Had to be said. The most interesting part of this design was plagiarized.

  7. I like it. There is enough fashion flair to veer the designs into costume territory and give them that superhero look. My favorite is Negative Man, because he oddly seems extremely dapper wrapped up in those bandages (stylish mummy). The Chief is my second favorite for being out of his chair.

  8. Thanks for the feature, Chris! And thanks for the kind words, guys! An F4/DP crossover would be SWEET. I might give that a shot.

    J. Schmoob: J. Schmoob

    I honestly had no idea that existed. It’s pretty simple – I love circles and the D & P had natural circles to work with. I wanted it to look modern & snazzy because I figure Rita would push for something like that to boost their public image.

    As for Rita’s powers – This version can also grow, but I wanted her to basically look like a daddy longlegs or Japanese spider crab when she grows. It’s a disturbing look for someone whose appearance is so integral to her existence, and thus makes her gift more tragic. If she simply turned into a giant version of her normal self, it’d just be a straight up awesome ability with no real downside. Also, my version’s name is Elastiwoman.

  9. I would prefer a sexier robotman, the Chief is smart enough to appeal to Cliff’s vanity. But excellent work overall. I would love to see more of this and your take on the DP’s iconic villains.

  10. But Cliff is vain, in a body he hates. He can’t kill himself despite being pretty much dead. That’s freaking tragic. Perfect for DP

  11. Elasti-Girl’s powers were growth, shrinking, and she could stretch a little but *hated* doing so (sometimes she stretched her arms but it was rare). Madam Rogue could stretch and mold her body to disguise herself but could not alter her size. As for the redesigns, I don’t see the Chief ever taking the field, his ego would never let him put himself in danger (even if his wheelchair had lots of defences, just in case). I like the idea of the blade legs for the redesigned Chief, it is modern and something I could see him doing rather than being stuck in a chair.

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