Plastic Man #4

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Adriana Melo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 12, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 13
8.2Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

Plastic Man fondly remembers his days as a simple street thug, when people knew his name and respected his talents (even though no one ever respected him). But he's turning over a new leaf, mentoring the youth, saving old ladies from pick-pockets and younger ladies from kidnappers. Unfortunately, when he meets the kidnappers and realizes this entire episode's nothing more than a setup? All those leaves flip back over with a vengeance!

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Sep 12, 2018

    Simone and Melo continue to top themselves with each new issue of this stellar series - combining their talents to form one of the best books of the year! Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Ian Cameron Sep 12, 2018

    Another AMAZING issue, advancing all plot threads very organically, guest-starring the underappreciated Secret Six, and with lots of great Pado Swakatoon moments throughout? Yeah, this comic is a must-buy if you love fun or mysteries or especially both! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 12, 2018

    Plastic Man is a classic character who deserves the best. He's getting it here as both Simone and Melo clearly understand the narrative and visual needs of the character. We can only hope this will turn into a monthly ongoing. While Plastic Man has a number of mini-series in the past, this one seems to find the right balance between Jack Cole's classic creation and a niche in the contemporary DC Universe. The element of humor is often undervalued in modern super-hero comics. This is actually the antithesis of Plastic Man. Simone and Melo understand how to utilize this to the benefit of the comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Robyn Montgomery Sep 13, 2018

    Another fun issue full of great character interactions and fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 12, 2018

    The joy of Plastic Man is the joy of the absurd. If you will pardon every single one of the puns I'm about to make, it's a title that stretches the imagination of what you think superhero stories can do. It's a story that you can chew on like taffy. It bends all of the classic genre tropes and transforms them into something wonderful to behold. Plastic Man is just fun, unashamedly so, but also has one hell of a heart of gold at its crux. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Eric Goebelbecker Sep 17, 2018

    "Plastic Man" #4 is another gem from Gail Simone and Adriana Melo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 12, 2018

    Gail Simone's ability to fuse comedy with tension is on full display in Plastic Man #4, as we get some big reveals and a few old Simone favorites show up to play. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Sep 12, 2018

    The lovable loser Plastic Man is as angst laden and unsure as any hero ever, but his journey is such an offbeat and interesting departure from the norm that this story is easy to like. He might not save the world, but at least his heart in in the right place and it is likely that he will save the kid, so there's that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 12, 2018

    A really fun and funny issue that continues to keep me engaged. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 12, 2018

    Ilike Adriana Melos artwork a lot. The line quality is bold and definitive, andlends itself well to simple, bright coloring. No subtle shading, no moodyshadows. It all works together to brighten Plastic Mans world. Certainly theDCU can use the light-heartedness. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    That's Entertainment - Ash Oct 1, 2018

    No spoilers, but the action in this issue is obviously leading up to a bigger battle in the future. There are subtle references, followed my overt nods, and a classic villain curtain call. Plastic Man is giving us the classic 'detective comic' storyline, but to any seasoned comic book nerd, this issue is the thunder before the storm. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Sep 12, 2018

    Some interesting teases at the beginning and end, but the middle is a lot of mediocre quips and fan service that we could probably do without. The artwork looks rushed, and there are a couple of storytelling problems that required a re-read. A disappointing issue in what's been a pretty fun series so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Sep 12, 2018

    While that doesn't necessarily bode poorly for the future, it is a bit of a letdown following the excellence instilled in #2 and #3. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Comic Watch - Joe Bainbridge Oct 4, 2018

    This issue left a lot to be desired and as we near the end of this series I pray for a good, satisfying ending that I fear will never come. I can only say that the art was pleasant at time as they can draw Plastic Man's abilities nicely. Apart from that, Simone needs to up her game. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    egon244 Sep 15, 2018

    "Crisis on infinite laps"

    Plastic Man continues his role as a babysitter/bodyguard for little Pado while trying to show him (her?) that he actually is a good guy. He may not be the very best at it, ignoring a street full of thugs, but his stretchy heart seems to be in the right place and he honestly tries.

    Like with the previous issues, the art here is great. A bit goofy and a little over the top, perfect for Plast. Duo Melo/Fitzpatrick does not disappoint.

    This issue is obviously a setup for the big ending, but I don't see that as a problem. Where this issue falters for me is in the humor. Few jokes work, like the one with the professor or sewing lady. But the majority of them is more like "Ok... moving on more

  • 8.0
    Comix4fever Sep 13, 2018

    Soild issue.

  • 6.5
    Nihilist Sep 13, 2018

    I'm sad to say this, but it's the weakest issue from the series so far, and the only one I wouldn't be satisfied with. The story feels disjointed and filled with filler material - something that is a norm in long running series, but in a limited run like this, should, simply, not exist. There are ways to tell a good story from different perspectives - Christopher Priest mastered that form of art in his Deathstroke series. Gail Simone, however, encountered an obstacle she can't overcome, and the results are noticeable. The issue is really mediocre - it doesn't have a pivot point to circle around, and scenes don't really connect together nicely, like in previous issues.
    Comedic element of the comic is also way weaker than in the past - t more

  • 2.0
    Angus Sep 12, 2018

    The writer's personal problems started to come out last issue and are back again. The first 2 issues showed that the writer is capable of writing a good entertaining issue while not directing vitriol at fans on the very pages which they paid for that are supposed to entertain them.

    Perhaps one day the writer will try being professional again and just entertaining people. Or perhaps not. Pundits don't have to work, they milk people based on belief systems.

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