Did you know Gail Simone is not only one of the best writers of drama/dramedy/action comics, she’s also G.D. funny? Humor has frequently been a key element of many of the Simone books I’ve most enjoyed (Secret Six forever, man; also sometimes sprinkled the funny into Birds of Prey); she was also key in keeping and expanding on the humorous elements that define Deadpool today. So, it is with great pleasure and anticipation that we receive news that Simone will be writing DC’s potentially funniest, and certainly one of its most underutilized characters, Plastic Man, in a new six-issue series coming June 13. Art duties will be done by former Simone collaborator Adriana Melo (Birds of Prey), with Aaron Lopresti on cover duties for issue one (pictured), and a variant by Amanda Conner.
In the announcement, Simone credits Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s version of Plas from their run on JSA.
“One of my favorite takes on Plas was from the classic Grant Morrison/Howard Porter run. We are definitely taking inspiration from that, and just pushing it even further for rudeness’ sake,”
Morrison, for those who weren’t around in the ’90s, looked at his Justice League as a version of the Greek pantheon, and his Plastic Man embodied the Dionysius-type trickster.
On her Facebook page, Gail continued gushing about the opportunity.
“So THIS is happening! Finally, I’m writing PLASTIC MAN with art by the incredible Adriana Melo! It’s sexy and awful and great and weird and fun and it’s the Plas I’ve always wanted to write. He’s the original, and still the best! I AM HAPPY,”
So are we, Gail. So are we.
Plastic Man, curiously, may be better known than his comics presence would indicate — he did star in a strange little Saturday Morning Cartoon for a few years (one that eventually had him teaming with his son, Baby Plas, no joke).
More recently, Plastic Man has made TV appearances on Cartoon Network’s Justice League Action. As for Gail Simone, she’s also working on the upcoming Red Sonja/Tarzan crossover for Dynamite Entertainment.
Images: DC Comics, Ruby-Spears Productions