Despite being a short run, as it stands, Plastic has the potential to become my new favorite comic book. You know, the comic book that you buy extra copies of to give to your friends regardless of whether they actually read comics. And normally, it takes at least a solid first few pages to pull me in and take hold of my attention, but Plastic had me before I even had the book—Plastic had me when I read the description of Image’s upcoming series.
“Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll?
Plastic is the high-octane, off-the-wall thrill ride that you’ve been scouring the racks of your local comic shop for, because the most promising aspect of this series isn’t the writing or the artwork—although both are amazing—it’s the premise. Let’s break it down: A man falls in love with a blow-up doll. Interesting. A retired serial killer is forced to kill again. Very interesting. A retired serial killer who is forced to kill again after the love of his life—his blow-up doll—is kidnapped. Fan-fucking-tastic!
Although this debut issue isn’t chock-full of blood, guts, and gratuitous violence, there is just enough to make me come back next issue looking for more, because after reading this issue, it is clear that Plastic is going to get messy…and I love messy.
Comics don’t get much more interesting than this one folks. I’ll be sure to go into the writing and artwork over the next few months as I continue to read along with this exciting new series. And look, while it’s still early, hop on the bandwagon and pick up a copy of Plastic #1 for yourself. You’ll thank me later…