The first issue of Machine Man written and illustrated by Jack Kirby sees our automated hero, X-51, Aaron Stack, saving a kid from falling off a cliff while rock climbing. He later goes on to help out a couple of more people on his way to finding a life of normality. Things do not go as planned though as some law officials think before asking and condemn him as some sort of threat. Also adding to the hostilities is the government looking to put him out of commission in case he goes insane much like the previous models of his series.
This was a pretty action filled first issue, with quite a bit of dialogue between Stack and the people he meets along the way. Kirby’s pencils are fantastic and perfect for a more science-fiction infused story such as this. The funniest moment that elicited a giggle was X-51 trying to make his way through traffic and someone yells out that the oil crisis is over. Hilarious more so now then maybe ten years ago as the world’s oil reserves are running out, and yet we keep trying to bleed the Earth dry to obtain it instead of looking for clean alternatives. All bleeding-heart commentary aside, this was a nice solid start to one of Marvel’s most unique heroes.
4 out of 5