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Plastic Man (2004 Series) #3

February 2, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Rubber Banned

Plastic Man is on the run… and everyone is after him!

Writer/Artist: Kyle Baker
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Art: Kyle Baker
Publisher: DC Comics

Baker is quickly making this one of my favorite titles on the racks. As Plastic Man’s bosses learn his true identity, wanted criminal Eel’ O’Brian, he’s forced to try to break out of headquarters from under their very noses.

This issue also proves me wrong in my prediction that there wouldn’t be any guest stars in the first arc of this title – we have a brief cameo appearance by the entire Justice League in this issue. Baker shows them in a very silly, yet still respectful light. He also shifts his art style for those pages, using a style not quite as cartoony but not as strict as most superhero comics… a suitable middle ground that allows these heroes to exist in Plastic Man’s universe and still feel appropriate.

Plastic Man’s sidekick, Woozy Winks is really one of the bigger stars of this issue. They’ve got him tracking down his mentor and his best friend, plying him with his dreams of becoming a hero. He actually gets good character moments here, something that will surprise a lot of people.

There isn’t too much more to say about the artwork that hasn’t been said already – Baker draws some of the funniest comic book pages you’ve ever seen, packing each panel with jokes and gags, both visual and verbal. There are plenty of one-liners to go around, and he shows a lot of respect for classic comedy bits and for Plastic Man’s origins in Jack Cole’s strip. He gives us a last panel that borders on the grotesque while still situated firmly in the goofy.

Overall, this is one of the most consistently enjoyable, lighthearted and just plain fun comic books on the market these days, something that will crack you up again and again. In a day and age where things seem to get more and more serious, more and more bleak, it’s wonderful to find a comic that doesn’t take itself or anything else seriously. This book is only for readers who want to enjoy themselves.

Rating: 8/10

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