Review: Metal Men #7

Metal Men #7

Review: Metal Men #7

Metal Men #7

 

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Dan Dido

Artist: Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki

Colorist: Jason Wright

Letterer: Travis Lanham

 

Reviewer: Tony Farina

 

Summary

What’s this? There’s an entire new group of Metal Men, except they’re not metal…or men…but…animals?! After the Metal Men left Magnus for Nth Metal Men, Magnus knew the next team he created had to be loyal-and what’s more loyal than animals, right? All this, plus the new Metal Men face the Missile Men in their first epic battle since their conception.

Positives

Metal Men #7 is simply a wonder to behold. Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki steal this entire issue. Sure, Dido’s story telling is on point. If I were teaching a philosophy course about the nature of being, I could use this series, but I am constantly distracted with how amazing this book is to see. Sorry Dan, I love that this is the last thing you do at DC, but I can’t help but be distracted by the beautiful work you’ve decided to use here.

Jason Wright’s colors jump at the reader. There are Missile Men. There are Metal Men animals. There is battles and action and drama. It is a masterclass of how and why comic book art is art. The level of detail on that splash page above is simply stunning. Look at the tongue of the snake. Look at the rivets in the fists. Look at how real it all is. These are talking, metal animals and they look 100 Percent real. Damn.  Then, below here. There are the missile men. What can I say about them? You know what, I’m not going to say anything. Just look.

Negatives

The new Metal Men are really cool, but the actual Metal Men sort of take a back seat here. I get it, new characters, new plot twist, but I would have liked to see less cool and more story. Still, the cool is really freaking cool.

 

Verdict

Metal Men #7 is surely a lot of fun. The art is just spectacular. The concepts are high. Dido doesn’t mess around. This seems to be turning a corner into being something bigger about what it means to be human. That is what the whole series is of course, but the introduction of the animals is really smart. Looking forward to see how it all turns out.

 

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Tony Farina

I am a writing professor at Siena Heights University. I have been reading comics for over 30 years. The first comic I bought was in 1984. Green Lantern 176. First appearance of the Demolition Team. Favorite Robin: Tim Drake Favorite Green Lantern: Jessica Cruz Favorite Flash: Barry Allen Favorite Batgirl: Barbara Gordon Favorite Nightwing outfit: Disco Favorite Batman: Duh, There can be only one