Sunday, December 19, 2010

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Green Lantern/Plastic Man:Weapons Of Mass Deception

GOOD THING: This book does have a great concept, fresh out of the old Brave And The Bold comics: take two heroes who don't usually team up and force them together on a case. In this case, we have the by-the-book Silver Age take on Hal Jordan and the more classic take on Plastic Man as a bumbling crook turned FBI agent, working on a case involving alien weapon smugglers.

BAD THING: The artwork, while trying to emulate the Silver Age feel of old, feels woefully incomplete at times. Many panels are over-inked and Plastic Man keeps switching between his familiar leotard costume and a variant of his costume with pants. The overall effect is less evocative of the comics of the Silver Age and more evocative of the cheap Filmation cartoons on the 1960s.

The Final Verdict: An easily skippable special. Wolfman's script is an old-school treat though fans of the modern Plastic Man stories, where his mantra is to be serious about what he does, if not how he goes about doing it, may find this bumbling G-Man take on Plas to be a hard pill to swallow. The artwork is also erratic, being overly inked and indifferent colored.

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