Monday, November 30, 2020

Metal Men #12 Review

Empty Nest

Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 1, 2020

It's the end of the Metal Men Maxi-Series that not enough people were reading...... Why is it that the Metal Men just don't attract the attention they deserve? Anyway, this has been an interesting series that has literally given new life to our heroes and placed them on a path to the Dark Multiverse thanks to the Nth Metal Man and the diabolical Plutonium Man. Let's jump into this series and see if our Metal heroes and Dr. Will Magnus can overcome this threat, escape the Dark Multiverse and make their way home. Let's check it out.

In our final issue, we have a lot to tie up to not only get our heroes home but to see what the new status quo for our Metal Men will be once they put all this craziness behind them and while you do have these things happen in this issue, I can't say that they are done in a completely satisfying manner because while I'm wanting to have a decent sendoff for a team that doesn't get much panel play and therefore I have no idea when we'll get to see them again, this issue kept getting Dan Didio characters and Dan Didio himself shoehorned into the book. Now, I don't have the problems with DC's former Co-Publisher that other people do but I don't need him writing himself into this book and saying goodbye when I'm trying to focus on the Metal Men........ not to mention, setting up a Sideways story out of nowhere that felt so strange and so forced.  

Weird creator goodbyes and future story setups aside, this is a decent send-off for our Metal Men, wherewith their newfound life they can move past who they once were while remembering where they came from but looking optimistically towards the future, where they'll find themselves not bound to one another but going off to see what life has to offer them individually while referencing things that have appeared in this series and previous runs. Do I like the new status quo for our Metal Men? Not completely but it is something new and different that I find interesting and hope that whenever these heroes show up again we can continue this progression and see what they're doing with their lives and how they continue to be a team working together. It's a nice enough sendoff though and I'm happy that I got to read this series.

All in all, the art and colors remain the best visuals that DC Comics are currently putting out and each issue just amazes me with how good everything looks, I just wish the finale spent a little more time dealing with our heroes and less with setting up a weird Sideways story that may never come out and Dan Didio saying goodbye to the DC Universe. Maybe that's a little too harsh because they don't feature in a whole lot of page time but it just felt odd to focus on these aspects while I want to get all I can out of the Metal Men. It is because of the inclusion of these aspects though that our heroes can escape the Dark Multiverse, which comes off a bit forced and leaves Will Magnus and Platinum's tender moment interrupted by Dan Didio interjecting himself in...... which wasn't needed at all.  

Bits and Pieces:

While I love all the art in this finale issue, the finale itself left a bit to desired as it made some weird choices to set up a Sideways story and for Dan Didio to say goodbye to DC Comics. Beyond that though, we leave our Metal Men with an interesting new status quo that I would love to see more of in the future but felt that the way we say goodbye to them here wasn't the best decision in that it felt thrown together.


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