By Philip Schweier
Jun 13, 2018 - 4:05
There’s a fair amount of meat on these bones for a decent story, while sharing some background for anyone unfamiliar with Plastic Man’s origin. He used to be a low-level criminal named Eel O’Brian. He got shot while cracking a safe at a chemical plant, and a witch’s brew of chemicals entered his bloodstream via the open wound. His pals dumped his “body,” and when Eel came to he had the ability to stretch himself into all manner of shapes.
Now Eel is on the trail of the men who did him wrong, and trying to make up for his criminal past as Plastic Man. But then Spyral comes to call (yes, they know who he is), seeking his help because they’re not sure who they can trust. They’re not sure they can rely to heavily on O’Brian, but they’re confident he’s far enough off anyone’s radar that he hasn’t been compromised. He just needs to stay out of jail long enough.
Gail Simone’s writing is superb, as always. I’m confident this will be a fun series to read, without being so fun it becomes a parody of itself. Plas is simply one of thos characters we all know – someone who has a much lighter way of looking at the world. Adriana Melo’s artwork is light and simple, in a good way. It’s very fluid, which is suitable for a character who can bend his body into any number of shapes and forms.