Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Metal Men #6 Review

Testing Her Mettle

Written By: Dan Didio, Shane Davis
Art By: Shane Davis, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Finally, we can continue our Metal Men journey, where the Nth Metal Man, from the Dark Multiverse, has come to our own world for reasons unknown, where he's been changing the fundamental programming in each of our heroes' responsometers, making them into actual living beings with their own feelings and personalities beyond of what Will Magnus gave them when he created them.  All of our Metal Men up until this point have been changed by the Nth Metal Man, while Dr. Magnus has been too busy smooching it up with the STAR Labs director, Jenet Klyburn to really notice.  Everything comes to a head here as we continue this journey with Platinum as she goes to discover her true origins of where her love for Will Magnus comes from, but will she like the answers when she finds them?  Let's jump into this issue and find out.

With Will Magnus losing his shit at what the Nth Metal Man has done to his precious Metal Men, he storms off in this issue only for Platinum to be left with questions about where her programming actually comes from and after the Nth Metal Man gives her a file on a Christina Novak, who's Tina's responsometer is supposed to be based on, from Will's and Christina's love for each other in college, Tina takes a trip to go meet the one-time love of Dr. Magnus to get a better understanding about who she really is.

For as much shade that's being thrown at Will Magnus during this Maxi-Series, like the idea that the Metal Men have never truly been alive and that the responsometers have only replicated certain emotions that Will Magnus programmed into them, based on his own feelings, not to mention the fact that Will is low key bat shit insane, it's this issue that really drives the point home, when Tina meets the woman who she was based on and we find out exactly how much Christina and Will loved each other....... or how much at least Will thought they did.  Yeah, things continue to look bleak when we talk about Dr. Magnus in this series and even though we've seen a lot so far, nothing really makes that point more clear than during Platinum's existential journey in this issue.  Now the only question is what is she going to feel is she takes up the Nth Metal Man's offer to give her a new version of life.  

All in all, the art continues to be beautiful in this series and I love that we actually focus an entire issue on Tina and finding out more about how Will Magnus programmed the responsometers, even if it means looking at Will Magnus in a shrewder light.  Now I say that all we got was Tina finding out about herself here, but we were given a small interlude int his issue that promises that Chemo is on his way and who doesn't love a fight with Chemo and the Metal Men?........ Especially now that they are fundamentally different than they were before and who knows with their new outlook on life and the way they process emotions if they'll be able to work together as well as they have in the past.  Not to mention that the Nth Metal Man's machinations are continuing here, where it looks like the character is just as dark as we all feared he would be.  There's a lot of fun to be had here and while we do focus mainly on one character in this issue, which is eye-opening, we do a lot to further our story overall.

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Metal Men continues to be one of my favorite books that DC Comics is putting out right now and the care and craftsmanship that was taken in telling "Tina's Story" in this issue just gets me really excited for what's to come out of this series as we progress because not only will we see the Metal Men like we've never seen them before, but the prospects of what the Nth Metal Man is really up to and Chemo making an appearance makes this a series that I don't want to miss.  The art is as fantastic as it's been since day one and I can't wait to see what happens next.


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