Issue by Issue – Machine Man #2

ImageWriter – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Mike Royer

Machine Man is still wounded and still on the run from the army.  Colonel Kragg is turning out to be X-51’s General Ross as he is just as determined as the General is.  Meanwhile, X-51 gets himself to a garage, creates some diamonds from some rocks, builds himself some add-on’s to turn himself into a car and makes his way to Central City to hopefully stay with his new friend Doctor Spalding.  While there, he intercepts some transmissions from space that are somehow linked to one of Spalding’s patients.

Little bit of action this issue, not too much.  It seems there is literally nothing that X-51 cannot do and is limited only by Kirby’s imagination. It is nice to see that as the book immediately starts, we get character development, having X-51 being able to dream shows us he is more than just a machine and more than likely has a soul.  Good issue overall, but not as good as the first.

3.5 out of 5

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