"Plastic #5" 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 August 23rd, 2017
After a tumultuous separation, Edwyn is about to be reunited with his lost love, Virginia. Mob boss Thaddeus is swapping out the sex doll for his son, whom Edwyn has captive. Can they all make it out of here alive? Or in Virginia's case, in one piece? If the first four issues of Plastic are any indication, there is no way that this series is going to end in anything but blood and fire.
Edwyn is a professional serial killer. He is completely out of his mind, but he's smart when it comes to murder and planning traps. Despite the fact that Virginia's “life” is at stake, Edwyn never lost his cool. He comes prepared for every possible outcome and he wants to ensure that Thaddeus pays for his crimes.
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It helps that Edwyn isn’t alone. Gwen, the woman he saved from a predatory police officer, has been helping him along the way. They've developed a strange bond over bloodshed and violence. She understands Edwyn as no one else does. She sees the kind-hearted, gentle man that's lurking just below the surface of the crazed murderer.
The closer for Plastic is bombastic and over-the-top. It is the climax of the series and delivers on action-movie-level excitement and energy while maintaining the dark humor that has been a mainstay since the beginning. Artist Daniel Hillyard holds that balance well, creating scenes that will make you smile, weep, and shout out loud with exhilaration.
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Hillyard excels at the humorous scenes. There are so many pitch perfect shots, especially within the finale, that work so well. They are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Many of them are presented without a word of dialogue, as they say enough as is.
Although Edwyn is a serial killer, there's a kindness to him that really comes through in his facial expressions. You can see his genuine concern for Virginia which turns to rage at Thaddeus. His expressive nature is a nice contrast to Virginia's dead, vacant stare. She is made of plastic after all.
Plastic is an absolute blast. It has it all. You've got action, romance, drama, comedy, and a whole lot of death and carnage. If you have even the slightest interest in any of those genres, you will enjoy this comic. It's the humorous cousin to Nailbiter. I'd actually love to see Edwyn visit the town of Buckaroo, as he would fit right in.