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‘Plutona’ #3 Stalls Out

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plutona03_coverPlutona #3

Story by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox
Art and Cover by Emi Lenox
Published by Image Comics on December 2, 2015

I was a big fan of Plutona #1. It was an intriguing angle on a popular trope: the death of a superhero. But rather than build the narrative up to that climactic death scene, Plutona inverts the narrative, starts with the abandoned body and tells the story through five kids who find the body and an ancillary comic book depicting the superhero’s last adventure.

Issue #2 sped along with character development, more world-building, and backstory on Plutona, the dead superhero. Issue #3 is the half-way point in the mini-series of five total issues, and it ends up feeling more like filler than advancement. Little rising action or background on the kids or Plutona is given, and the relationship developments don’t feel true to established character.


The previous installment left off with Teddy standing over the body with a knife. The question of what he’s doing, back in the woods on his own, is left hanging over the entire third issue. Is he attempting to figure out who she really is by cutting off her mask? Does he want a souvenir, since he’s a capespotter? Lemire and Lenox don’t give the answer for another 18 or so pages, and most of what happens in the meantime is thin.

To read the rest of my review, click through to PopOptiq.




Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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