DC: Mech #1 review | Batman News

DC: Mech #1 review | Batman News

In the first issue, DC Universe will be awaiting gargantuan adventures DC: Mech #1. The new story stands on the shoulders of it’s predecessors like Supeman/Batman are Public Enemies, Batman Unlimited: Mechs Vs. Monsters, Fleisher’s The Mechanical Monsters, You can find out more. The anime inspired series is set in Kenny Porter and Baldemar Rivas’ mechanized alternate universe. I welcome the new Robot rulers with open arms. It is important to be open-minded about the potential changes in characters we already know. 

In the first issue, Porter takes a shocking look at the Justice Society of America’s view at the end of World War II. Porter uses traumatic loss to illustrate the transition between the age and mecha-driven eras. The effects of space invaders’ destruction is the key to world building. This is clever because the introduction of Kaiju and giant robot fiction in Japan comes from the real life 1940’s fears of nuclear power. It’s quite strange that in a world of magic and metahumans, they came to the conclusion that robots could save them.

This issue partially retells Superman’s story. Kal-El is New Genesis’ only hope in this world. Kal-El’s suit  is designed with an idyllic savior in mind, while the mechs on Earth were established as deterrents. The mech clearly draws inspiration from the Maschinemensch, a 1927 classic film. Metropolis. It parallels the Übermensch that Superman is so often referred to in metal form. Furthermore, the suit evokes an unintentional homage to Frank Miller’s Big Guy and RustyUpon arrival.

You can see the difference in action DC: MechFollow these steps: Power Rangers/Super SentaiThis type of format is where the city has been attacked in some manner and heroes with mechanized power suit arrive to subdue the opposition. Batman emerges from a Batcave, but it is unclear where he got his gimmick. We find giant monster battles, themed villains and superheroes defending the earth in this issue. It is big and bombastic, but doesn’t feel like Rivas has illustrated effective frames of action. It’s all pitch with no wind ups.

Mech designs are clearly the main event. The Flash has a sleek aerodynamic design, similar to the robots.Immortal Grand Prix – IGPXOr Evangelion. Batman’s suit comes equipped with a cape and ninja tools, despite not giving credible reasons for a stealth theme. It is practical, but it evokes the anime mech vibes. GundamOr Code Geass. Many of the robots appear ripped straight out of Mazinger Z They are reminiscent of toys and have geometric shapes.

The classic Justice Society designs are great contrasted with the bubblegum colors that are mostly CMYK. Rivas uses speedlines to shorten for backgrounds giving it an anime feel. It reminds me of early steampunk. Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow (2004)It leads to a better future. EvangelionOr the Pacific Rim series. If nitpicking, I’d say the designs of all of the present day characters and villains all look underwhelming out of their suits. Orion, Darkseids, Granny Goodness, Granny Goodness and the Parademons all have unflattering suits. Speaking of villains, I don’t buy that a bunch of metahumans would pilot experimental mech to steal tech.

Recommended If…

  • You’re a fan mecha-based animation or science fiction.
  • You’ve ever wanted to see the Justice Society fight Kaiju.
  • You only need a good space battle and robot fight.

All in all

The first issue is a solid introduction to the six-part miniseries. The art and the anime style writing are both a testament to the mech fandom. This issue’s biggest hurdle is using two separate flashbacks before starting the present day conflict. Even then, it seems that the robot-led society is justifiable. Porter freely admits that he is a fan of Gundam,Paneloids Podcast: DC MechsThe xenophobic angle will be explored. The first issue doesn’t quite get to that story, but I can see the set up. All that’s missing now is a butt rock theme song.

Score: 7/10

DISCLAIMER: Batman News received a copy this comic from DC Comics in exchange for this review.

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