After making his DC Rebirth return in Dark Nights: Metal and spinning out into the new team title The Terrifics, one of DC Comics stretchiest heroes is getting his own solo series. That’s right, Plastic Man is headed out for a brand new adventure.
Announced through SyFy Wire, the six-issue Plastic Man series comes from Gail Simone and Adirana Melo who previously worked together on Birds of Prey. This new series is fully stand-alone and is not connected to Plastic Man’s current situation within the pages of The Terrifics.
“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,” Simone said. “The humor comes from a place of pain. And a lot of people I know, the bravest ones, deal with their pain through humor. So I really like trying to find that balance and keeping that rollercoaster going where there is enough tragedy going on that the humor kind of helps you get through it, and that’s what this series is.”
Plastic Man finds Eel O’Brien, the former criminal secret identity of Plastic Man, in a spot where he discovers that a group of the smartest supervillains has come together, but no one believes him. Since the other heroes think he’s crazy, it’s up to Plas to stop this group from achieving world domination.
“So just imagine the smartest villains in the DCU and you can probably come up with some of the cast members of this story (laughs), as well as some new characters that I’ve created too, including one in particular that I’m completely in love with and I hope will stick around for awhile,” Simone said.
Plastic Man arrives on June 13.