Monday, June 1, 2015

Convergence: Plastic Man and The Freedom Fighters #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Simon Oliver
Art By: John McCrea, John Kalisz
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 27, 2015

Necessary Evil

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the first issue of this two-parter, we saw that our Freedom Fighters didn't really have that great of a time under the dome........ you know since their city is a Nazi occupied New York and our heroes were public enemy #1.  So yeah,  a year under Nazi rule and the Freedom Fighters had to stay underground, that is until Woozy Winks went and sold them out, forcing our heroes to face the gallows.  Luckily, right before they were to hang from their necks, the dome disappeared and it was time to kick a little Nazi ass........ That is before Future's End showed up and started wrecking up the joint.  Let's check this out and see if our heroes and their Nazi oppressors can work together for the greater good. 

Explain It!

Ha ha, our issue begins with the Freedom Fighters just hanging back and watching the Nazis get their asses kicked by the borged out heroes from the future and they might have just continued watching and possibly got some popcorn if Doll Man hadn't chimed in about how this threat might be too much for either of them to take on by themselves, so Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters move in to save their worst enemy.  After a rousing battle, bonding two enemies together, the two factions decided that they have to take this fight back to the city of Futures End and put an end to it once and for all............ You know, so our heroes and villains can get back to fighting like civilized folk.

On the outskirts of the city of zombie machine monsters, the Nazis and the Freedom Fighters make a stand and act as a diversion so that Plastic Man and Silver Ghost can enter the city and find the mind controlling all the nasties and blow it back to hell....... Only problem is, we know that this mind is supposed to be Brother Eye, but for some reason here it just looks like an amalgam of machinery stuck together and I don't get any real feeling of sentience or even any malevolence to it because it simply allows Silver Ghost to walk up to it to steal it's digital blue prints............ What?  You expected a Nazi to see a super soldier and not want to know how it works?  Yeah, the Silver Ghost tries to double cross Plastic Man, but Eel O'Brian somehow pulled a clue out of his back pocket and got on the trolley that he was being deceived.  Wouldn't you know it though, Plastic Man couldn't even confront Silver Ghost properly and tosses his explosives away because he knew they were fake............. they weren't fake.  The place explodes and the rest of our heroes........... and Nazis get some time to catch their breath because with out the mind, the rest of the borg monsters fall, but that doesn't mean that Plastic Man's adventure is over.

In the end, Silver Ghost tries to finally kill Plastic Man and the Futures End city begins to float in the sky............ for some reason........... maybe because of the earthquake, but that doesn't even make any sense.  With all of the confusion about the city flying, Plastic Man takes the opportunity to jump to safety as Silver Ghost is killed when the city explodes............for some reason.

That's it for this issue of Convergence: Plastic Man and The Freedom Fighters and again, we don't really get that much Freedom Fighter action going on here......... Yeah, they're fighting Futures End monsters, but we barely get to see it.  As much as I wasn't a fan of the first issue to this two-parter, I did enjoy that it had a bit emotion due to the American people committing to Nazi ideals as long as they were kept safe, but here it's pretty much a straight forward good guy teams up with bad guy, bad guy betrays good guy, good guy wins.......... the end.  Just not much for us to sink our teeth into and the way that the Futures End characters were presented seemed odd since we didn't have Brother Eye representing them and the city was even odder....... floating and then exploding?  What's up with that?  Now you might say that this was due to that city being defeated, but since we haven't seen any others like this, it's just confusing.  Sadly, this title is a real letdown for me because this was something that I was really looking forward to from Convergence.

Bits and Pieces:

Unless you're really jonesing for a Plastic Man story, I'd say that this is better left skipped because any heart that might have been in the first issue is completely missing here and just becomes the most basic of superhero stories.  I wasn't a real fan of the art and the writer made odd choices in representing the opposing city and it's characters.


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