“When I think about Plastic Man, he was genuinely the first funny super hero,” said writer, Gail Simone, in an interview with SyFy Wire. “I’m obviously attracted to that. There’s also this great mixture of tragedy in there, too, that I love.
“The humor comes from a place of pain. And a lot of people I know, the bravest ones, deal with their pain through humour. So I really like trying to find that balance and keeping that rollercoaster going where there is enough tragedy going on that the humour kind of helps you get through it, and that’s what this series is.
“This character was so ahead of its time when it was created. The stuff we’re seeing in Deadpool and Harley Quinn now, Plastic Man was doing in the 1940s. It’s a character that was ahead of its time back then and the stories are still funny and still relevant. So just kind of bringing him into the modern DCU was the big thing for me.”
Plastic Man first appeared in Police Comics #1 in 1941, and his powers are similar to The Fantastic Four’s Mister Fantastic. Plastic Man has shape-shifting abilities in addition to his stretchy plasticity, super strength, and other powers. He eventually became a part of the Justice League, but Simone’s run will see Eel O’Brian as an unknown, trying to convince the world of the existence of a group of “the smartest super villains in the world,” and ultimately having to stop them himself, because everyone thinks he’s “bonkers”.
The first issue’s cover has been released for a sneak peek, and has been pencilled by Simon’s fellow Bird of Prey cohort, Adriana Melo.
Guest artists will provide variant covers for each issue, starting with Amanda Conner for the first issue.
Simone revealed that she has already finished writing the miniseries, which makes its debut in June.