Plastic Man Annoys The Cabal Into Submission In #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Cabal sends their alien slave, Spot, to kill Plastic Man. Spot is a Durlan, and their species can shapeshift as well as Plastic Man. Dr. Psycho is right behind Spot and egging the alien on while tormenting Obscura. Spot seems to kill Eel and rides back to the Cabal base with Dr. Psycho, but Psycho doesn’t trust that this isn’t Plastic Man in disguise, even when the scans show that it is indeed the Durlan he calls Spot.

Plastic Man #6 cover by Jason Badower
Plastic Man #6 cover by Jason Badower

Plastic Man #6 concludes the Gail Simone and Adriana Melo DC superhero comedy miniseries. Eel O’Brian meets his near-perfect match in the Durlan, Spot, and he puts it all on the line to gum up the works of the Cabal.

Eel is especially fast-talking and jokey this time around, and most of the one-liners land perfectly. He even shows some heart and compassion for the Durlan, whose real name is Teel.

It’s another endearing installment consequently, and it’s the kind of superhero comedy I can read all day long.

The confrontation with the Cabal is interesting and doesn’t go as such encounters usually go in superhero comics. Plastic Man isn’t looking to take anybody down; he knows he can’t. However, he can’t let his loved ones continue to be targeted, and he knows something supervillains fear worse than confrontation: embarrassment.

Also, I love the call back to Gail Simone’s Secret Six and the big “I’m a shark” moment.

Plastic Man #6 art by Adriana Melo, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and letterer Simon Bowland
Plastic Man #6 art by Adriana Melo, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and letterer Simon Bowland

Adriana Melo’s artwork once again looks great through most of the comic, but there are some problems specific to this issue of the series. Characters have strange white glow-like outlines around them that are a bit distracting. Expressions and details disappear and/or go cartoonish at a very close draw-distance, which was a criticism I had of the first issue of this mini. I know that’s likely for comedic effect, but it’s visually disjointed from the more detailed panels. Kelly Fitzpatrick’s color art is still quite good, though. She knows how to balance the matte red of Eel’s costume with vibrant environmental color.

Plastic Man #6 is a fun and endearing finale to series. Eel shows that he can throw down and out-think as well as any other superhero. He also shows that cares as much, if not more, than any other hero. Despite some hangups with the art, this is a good comic I can easily recommend. Check it out.

Plastic Man #6 comes to us from writer Gail Simone, artist Adriana Melo, color artist Kelly Fitzpatrick, letterer Simon Bowland, and cover artist Jason Badower.

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