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Thursday, April 26, 2007



You know me, the Metal Men completist. That also makes me a Metal Men purist. You may have read my previous Web columns -- OK, blogs -- criticizing DC Comics for messing with the Metal Men's origin, or for cavalierly using the Metal Men for fleeting cameos in order to "up" the character count in DC's infernal ongoing imitation of the '80s "Crisis on Infinite Earths."

Superman/Batman #34, just out, gives the robot team a lot to do for a change, but at a price. Willy-nilly, they've added a character and renamed another!

With zero fanfare, we suddenly have Copper, another female robot. The sole original female member of the robot team, Platinum (nicknamed "Tina") has suddenly been renamed "Platina." Would they rename Batman?

Not to mention the fact that artist Pat Lee is drawing the Metal Men in a manga-ish (to me) style. Tin, especially, is unrecognizable. (Read about Superman/Batman #34 by clicking here.)

I can't help but suspect this out-of-the-blue amping up of the Metal Men will somehow seep into the announced movie project. I can only hope Lauren Shuler Donner (who claims to have a long-held love for the Metal Men) will follow Alex Ross' example, and present the Metal Men as created by editor/writer Robert Kanigher, penciller Ross Andru and inker Mike Esposito -- the REAL Metal Men. These characters survived reasonably intact for a good 40 years before these punks took over.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a life!

11:35 AM, April 27, 2007  
Blogger Mark Voger said...

You said it.

3:30 PM, April 30, 2007  

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