The Swansong Of OMAC: ‘Metal Men #5’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Omac attacks Lead and Tin at the RoboCon, believing that they may be responsible for the mechanical infection that is turning humans into controlled cyborgs. He quickly learns otherwise and the trio team up to fight Mother Machine, the true perpetrator. Back at Doc Magnus’ lab, Platinum reveals her feelings to Will. However, he barely acknowledges it, so obsessed is he with his hatred and distrust for the Nth Metal Man. This is worsened when it’s revealed that the Nth Metal Man has already revived and upgraded Iron and Mercury.

Metal Men #5 cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Jason Wright
Metal Men #5 cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Jason Wright

Metal Men #5 brings the Kevin Kho iteration of Omac back to the page to team up with Lead and Tin of the Metal Men. The trio fight Mother Machine while Doc Will Magnus has his cold war with the Nth Metal Man.

It’s an issue with plenty of action; the battle between Omac, Lead, Tin, and Mother Machine takes up much of the book. Mother Machine continues to make cyborg slaves while the others barrel through her armies.

Magnus’ struggle with the Nth Metal Man is still given plenty of space, though. The Nth Metal Man continues to be Magnus’ robotics superior in every way, and it enrages Will at every turn. Platinum is torn between the two. She loves Will Magnus, but he treats her like an object. She doesn’t trust the Nth Metal Man, but he clearly respects her.

Magnus’ fall from grace has been a central theme of this series, and I look forward to seeing where it leads.

Metal Men #5 art by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, and letterer Travis Lanham
Metal Men #5 art by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, and letterer Travis Lanham

Shane Davis continues to make this an especially stellar-looking series, giving the book plenty of detailing and personality. His rendition of the Metal Men has been an unforgettable one and he makes Omac look damn good as well. He and Michelle Delecki give a top-notch inking treatment and color artist Jason Wright ensures that each page pops.

Metal Men #5 brings a robotic smackdown with guest star Omac while Magnus and the Nth Metal Man continue to glower at one another. It’s a compelling read with plenty of charming and weird personality. As such, it earns another recommendation. Check it out.

Metal Men #5 comes to us from writer Dan DiDio, artist Shane Davis, inkers Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki, color artist Jason Wright, letterer Travis Lanham, cover artist Shane Davis with Michelle Delecki and Jason Wright, and variant cover artist Walt Simonson with Trish Mulvihill.

Final Score: 8/10

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