Comic Book Review: Plastic
“Bizarre, weird, and absolutely amazing!”
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.
Synopsis via Image Comics
I just want to start off by saying that this is such a bizarre comic—and I love it so much for that reason. Edwyn is a retired serial killer—retired mostly in part because his girlfriend Virginia helped him to control his urges. During their travels along America’s back roads, Edwyn is forced to return to killing when a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia and won’t return her until the job is done. Did I forget to tell you that Virginian just happens to be a sex doll? That’s pretty important to the story.
This book was so much fun to read. I don’t know what that says about me, but I couldn’t care less. This has been one of the most unusual stories I’ve read all year. If you’re a fan of horror, revenge, or love stories, you need to check this out.
Doug Wagner does such a great job of balancing all of this craziness together to make one hell of a story. Unfortunately, with it being its own self-contained story, once you’re finished reading Plastic it’s really over—and trust me, you’ll wish it kept on going.
The art for this book can get pretty gruesome at times. There are more than a few moments where it gets violent and the blood starts to fly. But don’t let that turn you off from this book. Daniel Hillyard is able to make all that gore almost pretty looking. The one thing I was really impressed by when it came to the art, though, is the way he drew the characters emotions. Even in such a strange story they always looked and felt real. It never got cartoony or goofy in that regard.
The only reason I checked this book out was because of a recommendation from a local comic book store owner. I’m happy I listened to him. Now, I’m going to pass that recommendation on to you guys. Check it out!
I’m giving Plastic…
5 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots