Action Comics #23.4 – Metallo
Full Metal Jacket
You all remember Metallo right? He went through a lot of changes before the new 52, from looking like he does now to looking more like a man with Kryptonite inside him. Just think of how he was designed in Superman: The Animated Series.
I have personally always been a fan of Metallo because he was a weapon created by the Government to help in the war efforts, and that’s just what he is in this, except he doesn’t exactly follow protocol and instead is, well, insane! With the revelation that he is a time bomb, the government does their best to try and destroy him. But of course that fails and the Secret Society has snapped him up. Superman could hardly stand against him without wearing a specialized suit to protect him from Kryptonite radiation and we already know that Kryptonite can’t really hurt Ultraman, it’s a drug to him after all.
There was a lot of characterization in this issue and we really got into his head. The writers told us the story of why he became Metal and what drove him to choose villainy over heroism.
WRITER: S. FISCH
ARTIST: S. PUGH
Justice League of America #7.4 – Black Adam
An origin and rebirth. If you followed the short story in the end of Justice League, the one bringing you the new and improved Shazam, he faced off with Black Adam, who he defeated and forced him to see himself as a human again, which ended up being the death of him.
But Amon and his sister brought him back again, and he does not seem pleased that the Crime Syndicate have taken over the world, or are claiming to, especially since tyranny is what Black Adam has always fought against, no matter the cost. He’s more like an anti-hero versus an actual villain. That has always been my mentality.
The story was a good story that focused more on war and tyranny and what people, ordinary people can do to stop it and fight without becoming the “monsters” they are fighting. That gave this issue a lot of depth. The writing was solid and the artwork was great.
STORY: G. JOHNS & S. GATES
SCRIPT: S. GATES
PENCILLER: E. SALAZAR
INKER: J. LEISTEN
Injustice: Gods Among Us #9
Superman saved the day…as usual, but Batman and his team are still uneasy about how Superman and his team is going about with their plots. Sure their motives are good, but like Flash said, the more you try to protect and infringe on the rights of the people, the more resentment you build. Flash has a point. You give a man a fish and he’s fed for the day, you teach a man to fish and he’s fed for his life. What the heroes need to do is try and instill a sense of value, a sense of honor, and limit the rights, but not get rid of the completely. Infringing on the rights of people has never worked out well.
But that’s just my opinion on the matter. Anyway, this is a good issue, but the story has really started to drag. I picked up this issue and asked myself “why am I reading this?” It’s still the same plot, only it is being dragged out. It’s obvious that DC comics is milking this baby for all it’s worth.
WRITER: T. TAYLOR
ARTISTS: B. REDONDO, T. DERENICK & J. RAAPACK