Comic Book Review – Metal Men (Vol. 4) #1

Cover to Metal Men (Vol. 4) #1. Depicts Will Magnus and the Metal Men posing.
Cover to Metal Men (Vol.4) #1. Comic book cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki & NS Studio.

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Credits:

  • Dan Didio and Shane Davis – Storytellers
  • Dan Didio – Dialogue
  • Michelle Delecki – Inks
  • Jason Wright – Colors
  • Travis Lanham – Letters
  • Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki & NS Studio – Cover
  • Philip Tan & Rain Beredo – Variant Cover
  • Jessica Chen – Editor

SPOILER-FREE ZONE

I went into this comic book a bit skeptical. Having never read the Metal Men, I didn’t know what to expect. So far the writing seems to be spot-on. Not a whole lot actually happens in this issue. There’s no bad guy to fight, and the conflict is internal. But I think that’s OK. Despite the issue not being action-packed, it was still full of story to drink in. I really enjoyed this one and now have a new team to keep up with.

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

This issue is my first foray into the world of the Metal Men. My only real previous experience with them was when I owned Magneto and the Magnetic Men #1, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count. The comic book starts with Will Magnus, creator of the Metal Men, reminiscing. He’s concerned because his Metal Men ‘found out’. What exactly did they find out though?

Elsewhere, a new, sentient type of metal is found. The book cuts back to Magnus remembering a recent conflict with his Metal Men. Apparently they found out that he has been pumping out various iterations of them. Gold (the metal man made out of gold) confronts him first, stating how he found “the room”. The room is a lab where Magnus holds all of his abandoned iterations of the Metal Men.

The Metal Men were originally lead to believe that they lead lives of their own. However Magnus explains to them that they are simply living HIS life. He loaded pieces of himself into their A.I., and now they have to come to terms with the truth. As they all display their anger towards Will Magnus, he snaps his fingers, and they all shut down. It’s time for a new iteration.

Will received a call about the sentient metal that was just discovered. It turns out that the metal knows of Will Magnus and is requesting an audience with him. Seeing this new sentient metal drives new life into Magnus as he believes he now has found the missing link for his Metal Men. He would obviously prefer to have actual sentient Metal Men. With this new element it should be possible.

Thanks again to Cool Chris over at Comic Bug in Culver City for recommending this comic book to me!

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