Plastic Man #3
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Adriana Melo
Colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters by Simon Bowland
Eel’s former boss Sammy is looking for an opportunity for his lady at a local club and it does not go the way he hoped. Her audition is only the tip of the iceberg of what’s going to happen to her. Plastic Man finds himself trying to calm down a raging Man-Bat as well as protect the kid against soldiers taking orders from a mysterious benefactor. Those orders are to leave no witnesses. Eel’s Harley Quinn interlude is both hilarious and disturbing in equal measure.
As Plastic Man fights to protect the kid, his friends decide to continue investigating the crime that gave Eel his powers. It doesn’t go the way they planned, but they do get a new piece of an ever-expanding puzzle. The mystery behind the crime becomes a bigger plot point when Sammy gets word that Eel is alive and decides to find a way to match his former cohort power for power.
Gail Simone is doing a lot character wise with this series and she is giving new life to the character of Plastic Man. The story in this issue is funny and is definitely in keeping with the character. I really enjoy the fact that Simone is going broad with both the story and the comedy. There are some plot elements that I am not getting yet, but I am enjoying the journey. Hopefully the next issue will have some tighter focus in the narrative.
Melo’s art is great. I really enjoy the look and the composition of the panels. There are some really funny visual moments and Melo does a great job of rendering the characters, especially with some great facial expressions and action beats. A fun issue that continues to keep me interested.