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Metallix #5

Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2003
By: Ray Tate

Writer: David Michelinie, Bob Layton
Artists: Ron Lim(p), Brett Breeding(i), Tom Smith(c)
Publisher: Future

Metallix issue five picks up the idea of the villain from the origin trying to gain vengeance. His new suit cleverly expresses what his inner self may look like: grotesque, and his attacks against Redstone Research exhibit the guile one expects.

In this issue, the Metallix Team gains more coherence. Gil evinces a greater knowledge of strategy which makes him a natural for team leader. The dialogue suggests he has a military or police background. A conversation with Owen, the head of Redstone Research, who also happens to be a black man not based upon a stereotype, shows that Gil possesses greater depth than he reveals to his team-mates. Overtly he comes off as another jackass that's just a little more tolerable than the villain, but his thoughts from the previous issue and this dialogue between he and Owen show him to actually be a decent sort.

Aidan O'Conner is a fun Irish daredevil helicopter pilot, and although we haven't seen him put his skill to the test, his sense of humor contrasts the more descriptive and more serious dialogue.

The terrifically named Blue Hill is an engineer, and we get to see her employ the suit in an imaginative and skillful fashion. Though the only woman of the team, the artists and writers do not use her as a sex object. Like the men, she is drawn with proportion and treated with respect.

Seth Wong, the geologist and pacifist of the group naturally butts heads with the more hawkish Gil. Despite seeing their aims being disrupted by violence, I can see Seth's point more than I can see Gil's practical side. This conflict for my taste resolves too quickly.

This issue dramatically gives the reader an idea of the Metallix suit's limitations. The reason why Iron Man clicked with readers is that though Invincible he was not Invulnerable. Despite having more advanced technology, the Metallix suit does not grant invulnerability to the wearer, and this gives the reader the option of feeling concern for the team.

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