Issue by Issue – Machine Man #6

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

This is it!  The final battle between X-51 and Ten-For.  X-51 finally decides to leave the costume party he was attending to deal with Ten-For when he sees the Autocron fleet nearing Earth.  After a massive battle between the two, X-51 finally gets the upper hand and Ten-For stands defeated.  But the threat of the invading fleet remains and something has to be done about it.

The battle in this book between the two is fierce and looks great as only the King can draw it.  Near the end of the book, X-51 either shows a real mean streak or some of that cold robot logic coming into play when he nukes the fleet with the body of Ten-For.  Of course it was a necessity, but it seemed out of character as X-51 has been built up as a good guy looking to find a peaceful existence.  Perhaps being chased by the cops and the government is finally taking its toll.  There is still a healthy dose of the ludicrous though, including more of the costume party and a scene with a cab driver, which was probably supposed to be a serious scene, but really was not.  Again, perhaps it is due to the passing of time that it has lost its punch.  The next issue blurb states, ‘America verses Machine Man!’  Sounds intriguing.

3 out of 5

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