DC DAY SERIES
IN NEW 52
THE METAL MEN ARE RUNAWAYS
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men engage on their first mission, though they are runaways. Dr. Will Magnus returns to his apartment, in order to come up with a way to “fix” what he perceived as the Metal Men’s malfunction.1 An example of speciesism, where a human creature fears another form of life and seeks to control it.
As Dr. Magnus throws his sixth design, he notices that the trash can is moving. He realizes it is Tin. Dr. Magnus asks Tin about the other Metal Men and he finds out that Tin and the Metal Men are hiding as runaways in his apartment. As Dr. Magnus explains to the Metal Men that he is trying to “fix” them, mayhem ensues.1
THE METAL MEN’S FIRST MISSION
Dr. Magnus narrating the events of the Metal Men’s first mission to Cyborg, states that the government created a monstrous android, by dropping his “prototype”, “a stolen responsometer into a vat of toxic waste.”1
The monster destroys Dr. Magnus’ apartment. As Dr. Magnus attempts to give the Metal Men orders on how to proceed, Mercury protects him and gets him out of harm’s way. The Metal Men embark on their first mission, taking Platinum’s lead without following Dr. Magnus’ orders.
DR. MAGNUS’ TWO RULES
Though the Metal Men do not follow Dr. Magnus’ orders, they follow their programming on their first mission. The first rule of the Metal Men’s programming is: “We save whoever we can!”1 Mercury states Dr. Magnus’ first rule and saves Dr. Magnus. The rest of the Metal Men save innocent bystanders on the apartment floor.
Platinum notes that the monster is composed of “waste chemicals.”1 The second rule of the Metal Men’s programming is: “Neutralize the threat!“1 Gold states Dr. Magnus’ second rule and decides that the Metal Men are going to go into the monster and neutralize its “waste chemicals”.1 He wants a statue made in his honor. The Metal Men enter the monster. Tin exclaims that he is worth something and Platinum notes that it is what they were built for.
THE METAL MEN REACT … AND DIE
The Metal Men enter Chemo. The Metal Men fused with the toxins in Chemo and rendered them inert. There is a reaction, an explosion and then… death. Sometimes, it is the victims of speciesism that show the most selflessness as other forms of life teach humans on how to protect their species. Dr. Magnus explains that the Metal Men were a failure because of their desire to be humans, they wanted to watch television, find love.
Cyborg explains that the Metal Men’s bodies may have been destroyed, but he can still hear their responsometers with their minds and their hearts alive after their first mission. Cyborg reminds Dr. Magnus that the Metal Men were created to save people. Asked by Cyborg, what the Metal Men would want, Dr. Magnus is bolstered. He states rule number one.
NEXT: THE METAL MEN’S MISSION IN ‘FOREVER EVIL.’ NOVEMBER 2ND.
- Justice League #28.