Issue 5, "Natural Order"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Lightle
Inker: Gary Martin

written by William Sherman (

In this first issue with no exclamation point in the title, a man staggers into a roadside bar in the Ozarks and makes a phone call, but is killed by a supervillain. He was part of a covert "Operation Overcast", which was an experiment designed by Niles Caulder (so Arani notices the call). Arani's teammates are unimpressed when she tells them that this is evidence that Niles is alive.

Harry Stein calls Cliff in California, about Operation Overcast. He gets Cliff to go to the Ozarks to investigate, hinting that he might find the Doom Patrol there.

A small Ozark town is being despotically run by its Sheriff and a goateed man (not Niles) in a wheelchair. The supervillain works for them.

The Doom Patrol flies toward the town; Josh explains that Wayne's power is telepathic: he unconsciously screws up his opponents' coordination and reflexes. The plane is attacked by three supervillains from the town. During the fight, the plane crashes into a mountain.

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