A horde of aliens is living undercover on Earth and they’re smuggling weapons off-planet to fuel an interstellar war. Who you gonna call? Who else but Green Lantern and – wait for it – Plastic Man! That’s right. The only superhero capable of lending an elongated hand to Hal Jordan on the intergalactic case told in the pages of the upcoming “Weapons of Mass Deception” is Patrick “Eel” O’Brian.
Created by by writer-artist Jack Cole, Plastic Man first appeared in Quality Comics’ “Police Comics” #1 in August 1941. When Quality Comics closed its doors in 1956, DC Comics acquired Plastic Man and integrated him into the DCU. Over the past 50 years, he’s been a featured player in a number of top-selling titles including more recent turns in Grant Morrison’s “JLA” and Frank Miller and Jim Lee’s “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.”
Kyle Baker wrote and illustrated an Eisner and Harvey award winning “Plastic Man” series lasting 20 issues from 2004 to 2006. There is also a long-rumored Ethan Van Sciver project and Plastic Man is a regular cast member of the animated TV series, “Batman: The Brave and The Bold,” but if you want a good old fashioned story featuring Eel O’Brian, your best bet is checking out “Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception” by legendary writer Marv Wolfman (“Teen Titans”) and Brent Anderson (“Astro City”) on December 15.
Wolfman told CBR News he loves writing Plas but isn’t sure if the character could stretch himself to carrying his own ongoing series. He also shared an update on the “Teen Titans: Games” original graphic novel, his long-in-development collaboration with George Perez, and teased two new projects for DC Comics.
CBR News: You had me at Green Lantern and Plastic Man. How did this wonderful mash-up come about?
Marv Wolfman: Actually, it was Brent Anderson’s idea. It was so wonky, it worked.
You obviously enjoyed a lengthy run with Hal in the early eighties but have you written Patrick “Eel” O’Brian before?
I did write a Plastic Man story back in the seventies, but I’ve been a Plas fan since I first saw him way back when I was a kid.
What do you love most about these two superheroes and what makes them such a sublimely odd couple?
Plastic Man is insane, Green Lantern is straight-forward. But then you add in the fact that both are actually cops in a way; one is interstellar and the other undercover. They are both opposites and similar.
Can you share any details about the story beyond what we already know from the solicitations?
Beyond that, all I’ll say is that GL could not have done this without Plas and vice versa; the story works for both of them, but each can’t possibly see the other’s approach.
Aliens living undercover, smuggling weapons off-planet to fuel an interstellar war, sounds vaguely familiar. Any truthiness behind this fantastic fiction?
Sure. We have aliens from other worlds smuggling weapons going on all the time. I know it’s true ’cause I read about it in “World Weekly News.” Nah. I was coming up with a story that required both a space element and an earth-crime story so each of our heroes would be serviced. Simple as that.
You get to work with Brent Anderson on this one. What does he bring to a project?
Intelligence and great art. He tells a helluva story and is a great guy, too.
With the upcoming movie and three ongoing Green Lantern titles currently coming out, the glow of the Lantern illuminates the entire DCU so this one-shot makes sense for DC to publish. Do you think Plas could ever carry his own title in today’s comic climate and would you take a crack at him?
I don’t think a Plas book could sell in today’s all-too-serious climate, but I love writing comedy and adventure and would absolutely love to write him.
Any chance we’ll see “Green Lantern/Plastic Man : Weapons of Mass Deception” #2?
Been there. There’s other stories to tell.
Before I let you go, can you please update us on the “Teen Titans: Games” OGN?
We’re trying to finish it right now. George has 17 pages or so to go, and it’s looking great.
Finally, what else are you working on these days besides the “Gods of War” miniseries?
Two new books for DC, but I can’t tell you what they are. Sorry.
“Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception,” written by Marv Wolfman and featuring art by Brent Anderson, goes on sale December 15.