Who says they’re not doing DC/Marvel crossovers any more? Look, it’s Vision vs Red Tornado.
OK, maybe not. It’s actually attendees at Robocon 2020, the world’s number one event for fans of all artificial beings. And the guests of honour?
The boys need a bit of light relief, as back at base, creator Will Magnus is having a hard time accepting that the newly arrived Nth Metal Man is right to bring Gold back to ‘life’ after the destruction of the personality-inducing Responsometer. Gold, mind, is delighted. And a little different.
It’s another fun-filled issue as creators Dan DiDio and Shane Davis put the Metal Men at the heart of the DC Universe, a place where con organisers dress up as evil android Amazo, and Ilda, Star Hawkins’ robot secretary, flirts with veteran Robotman Paul Dennis.
The Nth Metal Man (you know he’s bad because he’s always scowling) continues to sow dissent among the world’s most human robots, Doc Magnus’ romance with STAR tsar Jenet Klyburn is developing – much to Tina’s chagrin – and one of the better characters of the New 52 is Out Making A Comeback.
Dan DiDio and Shane Davis have come up with a very enjoyable superhero yarn, featuring zippy dialogue by the former and inviting artwork by the latter, with extra fun to be had in spotting various robotic folk from across pop culture. Everyone sparkles courtesy of colourist Jason Wright, while the letters of Travis Lanham are easy on the eye. All in all, this enjoyable maxi-series doesn’t excuse the tedious excesses of DC’s Dark Nights: Metal event, but it does ensure its legacy isn’t all bad.