Metal Men #7 – Dan Didio, Writer; Shane Davis, Artist; Michelle Delecki, Inker; Jason Wright, Colorist
Ray – 8/10
Ray: Dan Didio manages to put a pretty funny gag into this comic, poking fun at just how much things have changed for him since it launched almost a year ago. But amid the inside jokes, there’s a pretty solid story about figuring out your identity and empty-nest syndrome. Last issue focused on Platinum, but she’s completely absent from this issue as is the Nth Metal Men. Even the other Metal Men have a relatively small role, mostly appearing in one scene at a bar as they try to figure out their next move. But the main plot focuses on Will Magnus debuting a new team – of highly intelligent animal robots themed to gases. But something is missing, and while they’re effective at dispatching an army of rocket-themed alien robots, they’re constantly one insult away from tearing each other apart. There is a lot of good robot action here, but the real strength is in Will Magnus’ characterization. The book constantly keeps us guessing about whether he’s capable of change or devoid of compassion.
Daphne Byrne #5 – Laura Marks, Joe Hill, Writers; Kelley Jones, Dan McDaid, Artists; Michelle Madsen, John Kalisz, Colorists
Ray – 8.5/10
Ray: The best part of Laura Marks and Kelley Jones’ gothic horror tale has been the way it deftly fuses supernatural horror with the very real horrors that many women are all too familiar with. Since the start, Daphne has been battling to save her mother from corrupt charlatans looking to manipulate her grief, while also dealing with a mental invasion from a sadistic ghost. This issue, we learn just how ruthless the fake mediums are, and Daphne seeks comfort in the tutoring of a kindly skeptic – until he betrays her trust and proves himself just as toxic as many other characters. But before this issue is over, Daphne has a brutal confrontation with her own personal demon, battling herself and exorcising something evil from her mind – just in time to take on the predators going after her mother. With only one issue left, it feels like all the pieces are back together for a great finale.
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