Comic Review: Metal Men #1 (DC Comics)

Metal Men, those uh ‘metallic’ guys from the Silver Age, are back, all shiny and bright. In the first issue of this DC title, we become reacquainted with them. But […]

Metal Men, those uh ‘metallic’ guys from the Silver Age, are back, all shiny and bright. In the first issue of this DC title, we become reacquainted with them. But all is NOT well.

Written by Dan Didio, with dialogue also by Didio, the first issue is illustrated by Shane Davis, with inks by Michelle Delecki and colours by Jason Wright. Magnus, their creator, is reminiscing. Unhappy with himself, he is torn between the many accolades and awards he’s won and his sense of having betrayed the Metal Men. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing on Challenger Mountain, outside Denver Colorado.

It’s a good start, with plenty of torment and conflict. The scene is being set for future issues, with the chess pieces being moved into opposition to one another. The artwork by Davis is really good. The metallic textures, the anguish, the wishing that things would be less strained. The quality of mercy, the raging against the setting of the sun. It’s visual poetry, ably enhanced with colour by Wright.

DC, Metal Men #1, $3.99 for 21 pages of content. Teen

Alan Spinney

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