After spending the better part of the past few months trapped in a protective stasis that transformed him into a huge egg (comics!), Plastic Man is finally back in action in the DC universe. He will also soon be headlining his own new comic miniseries, courtesy of writer Gail Simone and artist Adriana Melo.
The Cover of Plastic Man #1. Image: Adriana Melo (DC Comics)
In the new miniseries, Plastic Man learns that a group of genius super villains has teamed up to form a… diabolical coalition, if you will. When he tries to warn the Justice League of the impending threat, the Leaguers don’t believe him, forcing Eel to take on the villains on himself.
Speaking to SyFy Wire, Simone expressed her eagerness to introduce the classic character in a big way to readers who might not be all that familiar with his legacy:
When I think about Plastic Man, he was genuinely the first funny super hero. I’m obviously attracted to that. There’s also this great mixture of tragedy in there, too, that I love. The humour comes from a place of pain. And a lot of people I know, the bravest ones, deal with their pain through humour.
So I really like trying to find that balance and keeping that rollercoaster going where there is enough tragedy going on that the humour kind of helps you get through it, and that’s what this series is.
When Plastic Man first debuted in Quality Comics’ Police Comics #1 way back in 1941, he was a new kind of character for the Golden Age of Comics who brought a novel sort of surrealism to the medium. The witty humour and inventiveness that have come to define Plastic Man are things Simone’s been able to bring to her work, most recently during her run on Birds of Prey, meaning there’s good reason to assume that her take on this character will be a strong one.
Plus, given the nature of Plastic Man’s powers, it will be interesting – and probably fantastically weird – to see how he’ll manage to take down an entire team of villains when the series hits stores later this June.