PLASTIC MAN #6 & MORE! [Mini-Reviews]

DOMINO #8/ Written by GAIL SIMONE/ Art by DAVID BALDEON/ Colors by JESUS ABURTOV/ Letters by VC’S CLAYTON COWLES/ Published by MARVEL COMICS

Review by MATT MORRISON

Discovering that the “cargo” they were hired to retrieve was an abducted Morbius, The Living Vampire, Domino and her friends in The Posse are feeling a bit conflicted. On the one hand, Morbius is a monster. On the other hand, he holds they key to stopping a plot by the dead kind of vampire to take over the world. With vampire hunters and hunters of vampires chasing after them both, can they forge an alliance with their necks literally on the line?

Strangely enough, this issue works quite well as a one-shot despite being the second part of a story that started last month. Simone handles all the heroines in The Posse with style, turning Domino into the closest thing Marvel has yet produced to a Birds of Prey style series. The artwork by David Baldeon and Jesus Aburtov is suitably vivid and animated in equal measure, with action that flows easily from page to page. If you haven’t given this book a try, this is the perfect issue to start with.

5-5

 

Fantasic Four #3 CoverFANTASTIC FOUR #3/ Written by DAN SLOTT/ Art by SARA PICHELLI & NICO LEON/ Colors by MARTE GARCIA/ Letters by VC’S JOE CARAMAGNA/ Published by MARVEL COMICS

Review by MATT MORRISON

With a cosmic force of destruction ready to undo all his family’s work to repair the multiverse, Reed Richards summons everyone and anyone who has ever been a part of the Fantastic Four to help him save all of reality!

After last issue’s surprising pay-off, Fantastic Four #3 fails to live up to the hype. The whole issue is one extended fight scene but most of it is dull as dishwater, acting as a distraction from Reed Richards coming up with a way to science up a solution to an Eternity-level god being wanting to destroy all of reality. Throw in the conflicting art styles of Sara Pichelli and Nico Leon and a lack of visual consistency and one gets the feeling they would have been better off just having this battle take place as a two-page spread at the end of Issue #2. This issue isn’t bad, but the creative team has done far better.

 

Plastic Man #6 CoverPLASTIC MAN #6/ Written by GAIL SIMONE/ Art by ADRIANA MELO/ Colors by KELLY FITZPATRICK/ Letters by SIMON BOWLAND/ Published by DC COMICS

Review by MATT MORRISON

The good news is Eel O’Brian has found the shape-shifter who has been ruining his good name. Well, ruining his name, at any rate! Can Plastic Man defeat his doppelganger?  What about the consortium of secretive supervillains behind it? Will he prove to become a responsible foster father?  Will he get a date with that stripper with a heart of gold? And will we ever find out if wang means good or bad?!

The only bad thing about Plastic Man #6 is that it is the end of this mini-series. The best thing about it, after Gail Simone’s hilarious script, Adriana Melo’s mind-bending artwork and the eye-catching colors of Kelly Fitzpatrick is that there is ample avenue for a sequel series. This is one of the funniest books I’ve read all year and I want more – it is that wang!

5-5

 

The Weather Man #6 CoverTHE WEATHER MAN #6/ WRitten by JODY LEHEUP/ Art by NATHAN FOX/ Colors by DAVE STEWART/ Letters by STEVE WANDS/ Published by IMAGE COMICS

Review by ROY BUCKINGHAM

In the last issue, Nathan was hooked up to a mental torture device on live television and people were bidding for the right to torture him to death. Unfortunately, Nathan’s mind holds the key to stopping the terrorists he once worked with, leading to an elaborate rescue mission that also allows us to get a glimpse of Nathan’s real past.

In wrapping up the first part of this incredible tale, Jody Leheup and Nathan Fox give us not only an exciting and well-drawn conclusion but a cliffhanger worthy of a good sci-fi show. I can’t wait for Part Two in 2019!

5-5

About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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