Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Metal Men #2 Review

Mind Over Metal

Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis,Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

After the bombshell that was last issue, where we learned that Dr. Will Magnus has been lying to us all along about his Metal Men truly being alive, I'm really hoping that this issue can maintain the type of hype that the beginning of this series started.  It's really possible too because at the end of last issue, we saw that in the depths of Challengers Mountain was a pit of liquid Nth Metal and within that liquid came a sentient Nth Metal Man, calling out for Will Magnus.  I'm intrigued.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can get to the bottom of this mystery.  Let's check it out.

While you don't have the emotional background that last issue caused with finding out that Will Magnus is totally insane, while also discovering that the Metal Men are little more than pre-programmed forms, we do thankfully get more Metal Men action in this issue, where we not only see the team working together to contain the Nth Metal Man, but you also get a bit of their personalities as well through some fun moments.  That's what last issue was really missing in my mind.

I don't know about Will Magnus this issue though because while he did come off as really unlikable in the previous issue with his confession that the Metal Men aren't alive and the fact that he's had to kill them a bunch of times when they've discovered the truth about themselves, I really thought we'd be building to some kind of redemption with Will Magnus as we progressed in this series or at least he'd start taking his medication again, but with this issue we see an uncaring, preoccupied Dr. Magnus that doesn't seem to care about anything other than this new Nth Metal Man and like last issue...... totally unlikable here.  The strangest part of this issue though is that we don't really move forward with the Nth Metal Man front, but the issue decides to deviate with showing us a big bad lying in wait and a giant flying manta ray monster by the end..... Which I guess will lead us to some more Metal Men action going forward, but it felt weird and out of nowhere.

All in all, I continue to love the artwork in this book and can't wait to see more from Shane Davis, whether it's from this series or something new coming down the line and the story while feeling a bit disconnected from the bombshell that was dropped previously was still a lot of fun, even when it seemed to move past the interesting parts that it's still being secretive about.  I just love the Metal Men and while I hate the idea that they've never been alive, I look forward to finding a way around that by the end of this series and the emotional dilemmas that this idea will create.  

Bits and Pieces:

The Metal Men continues to be fun this issue, even if it feels like the overwhelming secret that Dr. Will Magnus threw at us previously was put on the back burner here.  I love the art in this so much and even with a darker take to Will Magnus' relationship to the Metal Men, I can't wait to see where it will go next.  I just hope that there aren't too many forks in the road on the way to us getting some sort of resolution to this story.


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