DC DAY SERIES
IN NEW 52
DR. MAGNUS ACTIVATES THE METAL MEN
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg prepares Dr. Magnus and the Metal Men for ‘Forever Evil.’ In his robotics lab, Dr. Magnus argues the Metal Men were designed for rescue missions. Though their metals were durable, their minds and their hearts could not endure the reaction with Chemo. They were a failure. Dr. Magnum states they were not meant to replace the Justice League.
Cyborg argues that the purpose of the Metal Men was to save lives. With the Justice League M.I.A., the Metal Men are the only ones who can stop ‘Forever Evil.’ As Cyborg speaks, Dr. Magnus activates the Metal Men. The Metal Men come online.
CYBORG, MEET THE METAL MEN!
The Metal Men greet Cyborg. Tin comes online and states he vaguely remembers what happened. Dr. Magnus tells him he saved “hundreds of people.”1 Gold remembers “our bodies were destroyed” and states they were expensive.1 Platinum thanks Dr. Magnus for bringing them back online. Iron notices Cyborg and asks whether he is a robot or a man. Lead states “I think he’s… both.”1 He asks Cyborg how much he can bench-press. Mercury panics and starts wondering if Cyborg is the future, where robots are merged with human beings to create monsters.
This is the problem that A.I. raises as humanity is developing more advanced robotics. Gold, the most curious and the most scientifically-concerned, asked whether Cyborg is made of Silver? Mercury asks if it’s Mercury. Iron remarks “it looks stronger than titanium.”1 Lead wonders if Iron is stronger. Dr. Magnus interjects asking for the Metal Men to let Cyborg tell them. Cyborg introduces himself and tells them “my body is made of Promethium.”1 He states he asked Dr. Magnus to reactivate them because he needs help with ‘Forever Evil.’
Cyborg reveals the threat of ‘Forever Evil.’ “A few months ago,” the Justice League was infiltrated by one of the members of the Crime Syndicate, “a super-shrinker named Atomica.” She had come to join the Justice League and prepare the world for the arrival of the Crime Syndicate.
Atomica revealed to Cyborg he was a traitor. She made contact with “a sentient computer virus” inside Cyborg named Grid. Grid took control of Cyborg’s cybernetic body and ripped him off of it. A portal was opened and the Crime Syndicate arrived.
The Crime Syndicate arrived. Grid took control of the world’s communications and computers. Grid took control of the Internet so anything connected to a network was under the control of the Crime Syndicate.
Cyborg reveals the reason the world needs the Crime Syndicate is because they can operate “independently of any other computer system.”1 That means, Grid “won’t be able to access [their] responsometers and take control.”1
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THE METAL MEN’S MISSION IN ‘FOREVER EVIL’
Cyborg and Dr. Magnus arrive near Happy Harbor transported by the Metal Men. Cyborg reveals the Metal Men’s mission in ‘Forever Evil’: to help him make a stand against Grid.
Iron advises Dr. Magnus that “[he] should get clear and out of sight” and that the city “is too dangerous for humans.”1 Dr. Magnus, remembering the Metal Men’s deaths at the hands of Chemo, states he will go down together with them, this time. Perhaps, he has learnt to consider other species as worthy of life.
Gold asks Cyborg how to get Grid’s attention. Cyborg reveals that Grid thinks Cyborg is dead. Instead, they are going on the offensive.
NEXT: THE METAL MEN TAKE ON GRID. DECEMBER 7TH.
- Justice League #29.