Plastic Man #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Adriana Melo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 13, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 33
8.4Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Meet Eel O'Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he's also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week's garbage. Literally. Don't worry, though-he bounced back from all that, and now he's trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get revenge on his old boss, keep a street kid out of trouble, make a dancer fall in love with him and stop a mysterious society from taking over the world? Eel has no idea!

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jun 13, 2018

    This is a fantastic Welcome Back issue for Plas, as well as bringing new readers interested in Plastic Man, whether it is from The Terrifics or even Injustice 2, up to speed with the fan-favorite. The constant theme of juxtaposition, whether deliberate or inherent, adds to the strength and promise of the title while keeping readers on their toes with what comes next. Plastic Man #1 by Gail Simone is yet another home run for the veteran writer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jun 13, 2018

    Stupendously goofy with a massive twist you won't see coming, this is the perfect first step in what is sure to be a major hit with fans! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 13, 2018

    This is a solid start for a Plastic Man series. The character has always been unique and iconic. He's one of the few characters from the Golden Age of Comics that are neither DC or Marvel creations that people know. Giving Plastic Man a city all his own that can be a bit of a throwback should allow the character to thrive and exist in the types of stories that suit him best. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Ian Cameron Jun 13, 2018

    The pairing of Plastic Man with Gail Simone is a match made in heaven, and Gail takes every advantage to show off her rapier-sharp sense of humor with the book, but like her Deadpool run before, starts a story that will capture readers' hearts, making sure they're invested in this dark mystery that Eel finds himself caught up in. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Connor Willesden Jun 13, 2018

    A great comedy/crime book written really well by Gail Simone with fantastic art by Adriana Melo. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man #1 is part origin story, part whodunit, part mafia film. The script is hilarious, the visuals are pure eye-candy, and neither shies away from the horribly dark happenings of Cole City. This is an all-female creative team breathing new life into gleeful Plastic Man, and you should make it a point to pick it up this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man #1 does an excellent job not only of starting out a new miniseries but also re-establishing Plastic Man in the post-Rebirth DC Universe. It perfectly nails Eel O'Brian's voice and is a joy to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 13, 2018

    I like where this book is heading and am really excited about whats in store next issue. DC Comics are fun again and its nice to see Plastic Man getting his overdue moment in the spotlight now to celebrate it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man is an odd book, taking the comical hero and casting him in a seriously dark world. It is certainly a square peg book for a round hole character. Sounds perfect for the man of many shapes then. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man #1 is a delightful read with a great protagonist, excellent dialogue, and a swift and energetic pacing. The art has its flaws, but it mostly looks great. This one earns a strong recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man #1 doesn't want to trouble you with convoluted plots or complex character arcs. This is a funny and comedic book that looks into the playable life of Eel O'Brien, the man who became Plastic Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jun 13, 2018

    Simone and Melo deploy a set of storytelling tools that create a unique aesthetic and tone, setting this book apart from DC's line the same way Plastic Man stands out from their other heroes. Mileage may vary by sense of humor, but most fans will agree this book is fascinating and unique. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 13, 2018

    What surprised me is that this is a fairly dark book, having more in common with Gail's grittier titles like Deadpool and Secret Six instead of her more lighthearted superhero stuff. But surprisingly, it works, as Plastic Man started out not as a superhero but as a petty crook. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Derek Heid Jun 14, 2018

    An extremely fun read for a character that deserves more than a miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Linda Codega Jun 13, 2018

    The story is fantastic. It's got death, mystery, and double agents of a nefarious nature. There are some strong hints that other big-name heroes might make an appearance, and while it will be a delight to see Simone back with Wonder Woman, I thoroughly enjoyed this new version of Plastic Man. I hope that we focus on Eel for a few more issues, as he seems to have a lot of problems to solve even without the Justice League butting in. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 26, 2019

    I knew to expect good things here but for me the real surprise was Adriana Melo as this was the first work of hers that I've seen and it just floored me out of the gate, especially with the always great Kelly Fitzpatrick bringing it to life with the color design. There's something iconic about Plas' look and personality and this team captured it wonderfully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man may be largely remembered as one of "those characters" on the Justice League or for his animated exploits, but Plastic Man #1 shows how good of a comic you can produce just by taking him (somewhat) seriously. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 13, 2018

    GailSimones writing is superb, as always. Im confident this will be a fun seriesto read, without being so fun it becomes a parody of itself. Plas is simply oneof thos characters we all know " someone who has a much lighter way of lookingat the world. Adriana Melos artwork is light and simple, in a good way. Itsvery fluid, which is suitable for a character who can bend his body into anynumber of shapes and forms. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Jun 13, 2018

    Gail Simone at the helm of this series makes for a fun read. Although the subject matter is serious, Simone's Plastic Man knows exactly where the punchline fits. Along with Adriana Melo's attention to detail as Plastic Man changes his physical form, the creative team knocked it out of the park on this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jun 13, 2018

    PLASTIC MAN #1 kicks off its titular hero's miniseries on a strong note with a work abundant with humor and heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 13, 2018

    This is a fun and funny first issue that opens some interesting mysteries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 13, 2018

    Plastic Man (2018-) #1 offers readers a fun and interesting reading experience that stands out from most of the other 'superhero' stories currently being published. This issue leaves me hoping that Gail Simone gets to write Plastic Man long after this six issue mini-series comes to a close. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Hunter T. Patrick Jun 13, 2018

    Take it or leave it, but you should most defiantly take this book. It may go one to be a classic for an underappreciated character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 13, 2018

    All in all, this is a great comic that is sure to appeal to fans of the character and dark comedy in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jun 19, 2018

    Plastic Man promises to be yet another big hit from Gail Simone, a long-awaited dream project realized to perfection. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Jun 15, 2018

    An interesting issue that introduces new readers to a classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jun 13, 2018

    It's not a stretch (pause for thunderous applause) to suggest that Simone and Melo may be perfectly paired to handle this character. Great dialogue, some goofy moments, and a reasonably engrossing mystery are just what the doctor ordered. The reiterated "wang" jokes, not so much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Jun 15, 2018

    Melo does a nice job with the artwork, giving everything a modern look yet still reaching back to the mobster fashion of the Jack Cole days. Plas still has a warped sense of humor, albeit more puerile and penis-centric, which will make it a hard sell to a younger audience. (Ah, kids don't read comics anyway, so why try, right?) Anyway, I'll continue to check this series out through to the end or until it jumps the shark. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 16, 2018

    The new Plastic Man mini-series is off to a solid, if only OK, start, but it doesn't do much to highlight Plastic Man's unique and noteworthy qualities. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 16, 2018

    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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 13, 2018

    He is a character packed with possibilities, which is what makes this mundane and familiar first issue far more disappointing than it would be otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 15, 2018

    "Plastic Man" #1 has a couple great moments for Eel O'Brian but fails to deliver a story worthy of his charm. Read Full Review

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