"Plastic #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Doug Wagner
Illustrated by Daniel Hillyard
Colored by Laura Martin
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 21st, 2017
Edwyn is a disturbed individual. Discounting for a moment the fact that he's in love with a sex doll he's named Virginia, he's also a serial killer. He doesn't feel all that bad about all the people he's had to kill, especially those that stand in the way of saving Virginia from the Dixie Mafia. It's clear that nothing will stop him and there is going to be a bloody trail of discarded corpses leading up to her rescue.
Although Edwyn is most definitely mentally ill and psychotic, he's quite lovable. He's just a guy that's head-over-heels in love and he'll do anything to save the girl of his dreams. Yes, that girl is made of plastic, but you almost forget that fact as Edwyn goes on his rampage. You root for him and want to see him succeed against the gangsters that crossed him. Virginia grounds him and subdues these violent tendencies, so it's really in everyone's best interests if she's returned to him.
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Plastic rides a fine line between unsettling horror and dark comedy. You can't help but crack a smile as Edwyn is brutally stabbing a man with a fork for daring to touch his sweet Virginia. Daniel Hillyard's artwork captures that intensity while also showcasing the tinge of humor involved. In the scheme of things, this is ridiculous. If you were to read about this on the news, it would be in the oddities section or something on the Florida Man Twitter.
There's this look of total rage on Edwyn's face, like he just caught his daughter using wire hangers. His face is scrunched up in anger. Blood flies through the air with each stab, shown brilliantly with Laura Martin's colors. Somehow, this is just the beginning. The book gets crazier and crazier with each successive page turn. There's a severed head, a dead body that's treated like he's still alive, and a dismembered tongue that will be burned into your brain.
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After the violence is over, Edwyn returns to a sweet, good-natured man. He's kind, shy, and a little clumsy. All of a sudden, he's like a bumbling guy seen in dozens of romantic comedies. All this while he's literally covered in blood after stabbing a man to death. The things we do for love.
The Dixie Mafia guys are entirely unprepared for this level of madness. This is not how they operate and they've never encountered someone as skillful and deranged as Edwyn. The trouble – for them at least – is that they're still treating him like a normal enemy. They're going to get mowed down one by one in increasingly elaborate and bloody ways and it's going to be so awesome watching that happen.
Plastic is easily one of the best books on the stands right now. It's fun, over-the-top, and excessively violent. It's Justified meets Misery. Edwyn is completely unique and so far out there, but he exhibits traits that are familiar to all of us. He's just a fool in love...a serial killing, maniacial, crazy fool in love.