Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Metal Men #3 Review

Devil Ray Care Attitude

Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 18, 2019

Let's head back into Metal Men country as we get our team of heroes..... minus Gold, who died last issue, trying to figure out what's up with this Nth Metal Man....... Well, more of Will Magnus trying to get to the bottom of this Dark Multiverse mystery and hopefully he'll have the time to do it because as we ended the last issue we saw a gigantic, laser eyed, Devil Ray make its way out of Challengers Mountain and it's headed towards out title characters and their creator.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

With all these mysteries going on from the new Nth Metal Man possibly from the Dark Multiverse, Will Magnus not achieving what we were all led to believe about the sentience the Metal Men have, to Chemo just kind of chilling somewhere you think that we'd be able to take anyone of these and develop it more, but instead we have that giant Devil Ray attacking Mount Magnus that we saw at the end of last issue and all we do with that is talk about how the Metal Men fought something similar to this in their first appearance in Showcase #37....... Seriously, it seems like all this is is a redo of that, where we talk a bit about that first fight, but somehow still have more information given to us about the monster from that original appearance than the one we're actually dealing with here.  

Really though, with Mercury being injured and Gold being dead this issue is pretty much about the idea that the Metal Men aren't enough to deal with this threat since they aren't all together, but the Nth Metal Man is capable of doing what they can not...... and that thing is........  wrapping himself around this Devil Ray and defeating it the exact same way the Metal Men originally defeated the other monster.  By the end of the issue though we really do nothing here except that see that the Nth Metal Man is more powerful than the rest of our team and that there's a character that shows up by the end with a new look that does seem pretty interesting and being a fan of these characters I definitely want to know what's going on with that next issue, even if I thought this one was a weird trip down nostalgia lane for a group of characters that most people don't have nostalgia for.  

All in all, I continue to love the art of Shane Davis and think everything he's been doing this series has been amazing, but this is the first issue that I really felt that maybe this story could have been a six issue mini that's now being padded out to twelve because nothing really happened here besides for Dan Didio looking like he wanted to prove that he knows the Metal Men by redoing aspects of their first appearance.  Too bad that we actually got more information about the monster in that original story than we do here.  We do get a pretty interesting cliffhanger and a story that was full of action, that just looked great so even though there wasn't a lot of progression to our story, there was at least something here to have fun with.

Bits and Pieces:

Instead of getting more information to our story, Dan Didio decides to give us a redo of the original appearance of the Metal Men and the Devil Ray monster, but doesn't tell us why this monster is here in the first place.  Yeah, there's some great action and some amazing art, not to mention a cliffhanger that I'm interested in, but in the end I really was looking for more out of this story.


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