Guys, you won’t hear me bad-mouthing the multi-mini series Convergence event because, finally, FINALLY, Plastic Man is returning to the DCU!
DC has been announcing Convergence creative teams and general plotlines over the last few weeks, and yesterday the final bunch of titles was released. Almost hidden away at the end of the list was Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth X. Now if you know your convoluted DC history, you might remember that a clutch of Earth 2 heroes — made up mostly of members from the Freedom Fighters and the All-Star Squadron — migrated to Earth X to fight evil in a dimension where the Axis had won World War II and the Nazis were in charge.
And who was originally a native of Earth 2, a member of the All-Star Squadron and a known Nazi-buster?
Yeah, you know who.
Check out the solicitation from DC:
Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth X
PLASTIC MAN AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: John Kalisz
Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters are on the gallows in a New York taken over by Nazis, when robot super-heroes attack from Futures End and enemies become allies.
I’m not only a Plasti-fan, I’m also a big fan of the Freedom Fighters. And judging by the image, we’ll be seeing the classic line-up back in action alongside Plastic Man! To say I’m happy about this announcement is an understatement. My first reaction (well, OK, my second reaction after jumping up and down in excitement) was to think, “This is one of the best ways they could have brought Plas back.” With all the different iterations of the character in his 73-year-history, the All-Star Squadron and Freedom Fighters version is one of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the Oliver/McCrea/Kalisz team has in store. (I enjoyed Oliver’s The Exterminators, and McCrea is a freaking legend — I’ve got hope. Good God, I’ve got hope!)