Saturday, June 16, 2018

Plastic Man #1 (of 6)

   Plastic Man is apparently a really difficult character to "get right."

   I say that because they keep trotting that stretching hero out with new creative teams - and it never lasts.

   This mini-series has a talented creative team in writer Gail Simone and artist Adriana Melo - but this issue is made ups of parts that don't quite fit.

   Is it a comedy? Well, there are funny parts - and also horrific ones. Is it a mystery? Well, there's an important question Plastic Man is trying to answer - but the answer is very unsatisfying. It's an adventure - but Plas isn't very heroic, and there's quite a bit of graphic brutality and death in evidence.

    Some concepts don't take easily to modernizing, and Plastic Man (like the original Captain Marvel) seems to be one.

   Someday, someone will find the right kind of story for Plas (I hope, because I love the character), but while this is a valiant effort, we're not there yet.

Grade: B-


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