The Plight Of The AI’s: Metal Men #3 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
The Nth Metal Man has started speaking on his own. He wants his freedom, but Doctor Will Magnus won’t provide it. The debate is cut short by a massive beast from the Dark Multiverse attacking Magnus’ lab. The Metal Men spring into action to take the monster down. Unfortunately, they are unable to even slow the monster down, but Magnus has another plan. He’s turned his very lab into a robot he can activate and control in emergencies. Should this effort fail, the Nth Metal Man claims he can stop the monster. Can he be trusted?

Metal Men #3 cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Jason Wright
Metal Men #3 cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Jason Wright

Metal Men #3 brings Will Magnus into further conflict with the Nth Metal Man. After narrowly containing this living Nth Metal form last issue, the being has gained sentience and seems to know Magnus’ inner thoughts and intentions.
We’ve learned how selfish and destructive Will Magnus can be in the past two issues and the Nth Metal Man seems to have his number. It creates an interesting dynamic for the reader: a creature whom we don’t know if we can trust and a man we do know we can’t trust.
The heroes of the comic, the Metal Men, come out as the victims in all of this. They are imbued with fantastic powers, but Magnus exploits them and disposes of them as needed. In the end, the Dark Multiverse monster is just another example of how quickly he will do such things. The Nth Metal Man may just be the key to breaking that cycle of destruction.
Metal Men #3 art by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, and letterer Travis Lanham
Metal Men #3 art by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, and letterer Travis Lanham

Shane Davis’ artwork does an excellent job of bringing this tale to life. The detailing on the Nth Metal Man is fantastic and his resemblance to Doc Magnus really shines through. The Dark Multiverse monster has a classic and simple design that nonetheless shines throughout the issue. Michelle Delecki’s inking impresses as well and Jason Wright’s color art keeps the comic lively and popping.
Metal Men #3 is another solid issue for this DC maxi-series. We watch as a new Metal Man challenges Magnus’ selfish recklessness while the original Metal Men once again get used and abused by Magnus. It’s a damn solid comic through and through, and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Metal Men #3 comes to us from writer Dan DiDio, artist Shane Davis, inker Michelle Delecki, color artist Jason Wright, letterer Travis Lanham, cover artist Shane Davis with Michelle Delecki and Jason Wright, and variant cover artist Cully Hamner.
Final Score: 8/10

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