Issue by Issue – Machine Man #4

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

The fourth issue finds our hero still incapacitated by the vertigo rod imbedded into his head.  With the help of Dr. Spalding, they eventually get it removed and just in time as Ten-For is headed downtown to cause mayhem, or worse.  Good thing for X-51, Ten-For has taken out the army regiment led by Colonel Kragg, though the possible loss of life is never acceptable.  After catching up with Ten-For and battling around the town, Ten-For has now summoned his fleet which is not a good thing.

One of the best things about this book is the exploration of X-51’s humanity.  This issue sees him with a crisis of conscience which he soon overcomes, but it is with moments like this that we grow closer to our hero and Kirby does an excellent job introducing them.  The action scenes are excellent as well and we get to see him use his familiar boot springs as well as his new teleportation power, not seen before this book.  Ends with a good cliff-hanger and leaves you wanting more.

4 out of 5

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