Trample! Raze! Annihilate!
If you've been following the ISB over the past week, you've probably realized that ever since the release of their first Archive collection last week, I've become more than a little obsessed with The Metal Men. And considering that my last post on DC's chrome-plated crimebusters covered the final three issues collected in that volume, it was a reasonable assumption that I'd gotten it all out of my system.
Reasonable, yes. But completely untrue.
Because today, I picked up 1976's Metal Men #45-49, a run that reads like a rapid-fire tribute to Bob Kanigher, scripted by an all-star lineup of Swingin' Steve Gerber, Merry Gerry Conway and Mad Marty Pasko, with pencils by this guy you might've heard of: Walt Simonson.
He's not on the book long--according to the new Modern Masters that hit stores today, he was doing Manhunter with Archie Goodwin, and running through three writers in the span of five issues was a little much to deal with, but still: Walt Simonson. And I think it's safe to say...
...that's pretty awesome.
The above image, by the way, comes from the first issue of the run (which, considering it came out three years after #44, was an all-new start for the ISB's favorite robots), a story that sees Will Magnus--having been brainwashed into insanity and left in an asylum where he barely controls his genocidal urges and plots daily to destroy his former creations--being duped by a spy into creating THE PLUTONIUM MAN, an atomic powered robot that absorbs its creator's appetite for destruction!
The Metal Men, of course, sacrifice their own lives to stop him (as should be expected by now) and the shock of seeing it brings Doc back to his senses, but man: That's a good way to kick off some comics.
But it's not as good as how the whole thing ends.
After battling Chemo in the canals of Venice and fighting a mad robot with Doc Magnus's personality (and pipe) at the South Pole, it all comes down to a story with what might be the greatest title in comics history:
Now that's a title that tells the reader: "Hey, why don't you figure out who this guy is and what his motivation's going to be. I'll be over here with all the explosions."
Bruce Gordon is, of course, Eclipso, and while I have no idea why he's up to his crazy shenanigans, I'll do my best to hit the high points for you, but be warned: It is mind-shattering.
Traveling to Diablo Island, Eclipso uses a flying saucer to create an artificial solar eclipse, which in turn allows him to summon Umbra, the Dead God of Oblivion From The Depths of Outer Spaaaace. And this is what's commonly referred to as "a bad thing."
Got all that? Yeah, me either. But don't worry, all you really need to know is how Doc Magnus plans to stop him:
I am freaking out so hard right now.
And of course...
I Swear That's The Last Metal Men Post! But If You Still Want More...
| It Lives! It Walks! It Gurgles! |
| The Crank File: Metal Men #3-5 |