DC Day Series: The Metal Men’s Mission In ‘Forever Evil’

DC DAY SERIES

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg meets the Metal Men to aid him in combating a new threat!
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg meets the Metal Men to aid him in combating a new threat! Photo/DC Comics

IN NEW 52

DR. MAGNUS ACTIVATES THE METAL MEN

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg meets the Metal Men to aid him in combating a new threat! Photo/DC Comics

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.’

 

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, the Metal Men ask what Cyborg's body is made of.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, the Metal Men ask what Cyborg’s body is made of. Photo/DC Comics

‘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.

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg narrates the events of 'Forever Evil.'
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg narrates the events of ‘Forever Evil.’ Photo/DC Comics

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

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg narrates the events of ‘Forever Evil.’ Photo/DC Comics

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THE METAL MEN’S MISSION IN ‘FOREVER EVIL’

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #29, Cyborg, Dr. Magnus and the Metal Men make their stand against Grid near Happy Harbor.

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.

PREVIOUS: THE METAL MEN’S FIRST MISSION. OCTOBER 5TH.


SOURCES

Justice League Vol 2 29 in DC Database.
Forever Evil in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #29.

DC Day Series: The Metal Men’s First Mission

DC DAY SERIES

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men go on their first mission. They face the monstrous menace of Chemo.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men go on their first mission. They face the menace of Chemo. Photo/DC Comics

IN NEW 52

THE METAL MEN ARE RUNAWAYS

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men are runaways.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men are runaways. Photo/DC Comics

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.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men go on their first mission. They face the menace of Chemo.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men go on their first mission. They face the menace of Chemo. Photo/DC Comics

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.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men follow Dr. Magnus' two rules to neutralize Chemo on their first mission.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men follow Dr. Magnus’ two rules to neutralize Chemo on their first mission. Photo/DC Comics

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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.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men react ... and die
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men react and die. Photo/DC Comics

NEXT: THE METAL MEN’S MISSION IN ‘FOREVER EVIL.’ NOVEMBER 2ND.

PREVIOUS: THE METAL MEN’S BIOS. SEPTEMBER 1ST.


SOURCES

Justice League Vol 2 28 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #28.

DC Day Series: The Metal Men’s Bios

DC DAY SERIES

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men are born. Photo/DC Comics

IN NEW 52

GOLD

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Gold is the first one to come online. Photo/DC Comics

 

Gold is the self-proclaimed leader of the Metal Men. He is the one that proclaims the team as the Metal Men per Dr. Magnus’ programming and the one who follows his programming the closest. He is also the smartest and displays the properties of gold in his personality which is to be bright and valuable. He showcases the most knowledge about science. Gold is attractive in appearance and is the most well functioning.

TIN

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Tin comes online second.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Tin comes online second. Photo/DC Comics

 

Tin comes online second. Tin’s personality is bashful and lacking in confidence. Tin is also the smallest in stature and the one that has the least attractive appearance. Tin has problems with his “vocal programming.”1 He claims to not know what his super powers are.

LEAD

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Lead comes online third.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Lead comes online third. Photo/DC Comics

Lead comes online third. Lead is the most physically imposing of the Metal Men. He states his mind is slow and he speaks in few short words. Lead’s slow adaptation can be attributed to the metal being among the heaviest metals. Lead states to not be able to alter his shape due to his slowness. His slow-wittedness makes him love a soda machine. Still, Lead exhibits feelings of love and is the first one to make a shape (due to the metal’s malleability) to protect Dr. Magnus and the Metal Men from Secretary Of Defense Joseph Devol’s explosion of Dr. Magnus lab entrance.

IRON

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Iron is the fourth to come online.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Iron is the fourth to come online. Photo/DC Comics

Iron is the fourth to come online. His first few words reveal he is all about action and combat. Iron wants to fight and to protect people. Iron picks on Lead and seems to have camaraderie with him. Iron flexes his muscles and asks to watch a WCW match revealing that he can tap into broadcast networks.

PLATINUM

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Platinum is the fifth to come online.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Platinum is the fifth to come online. Photo/Marvel Comics

Platinum is the fifth to come online. She is the only female member of the group. She clashes with Gold over assuming leadership of the Metal Men. Platinum seems to experience feelings and Dr. Magnus seems to like her. Platinum appears to be the most human of the Metal Men and the one that knows Dr. Magnus as a person. Platinum is attractive in appearance.

MERCURY

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Mercury is the last one to come online.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Mercury is the last one to come online. Photo/DC Comics

Mercury is the last to come online. Mercury has the meanest personality of all the Metal Men. At first, Mercury thinks Dr. Magnus has a responsometer and notices that he speaks slowly. When Dr. Magnus tells him he is their inventor, later Mercury is the first one to identify Dr. Magnus as a human. Mercury wants a robot revolution and does not want to follow orders from Dr. Magnus.

NEXT: THE METAL MEN’S FIRST MISSION. OCTOBER 5TH.

PREVIOUS: THE METAL MEN, THE FIRST A.I. ON PRIME EARTH. AUGUST 3RD.


SOURCES

Justice League Vol 2 28 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #28.

DC Day Series: The Metal Men, The First A.I. On Prime Earth

DC DAY SERIES

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Dr. William Magnus tells Cyborg of the creation of the Metal Men, the First A.I. on Prime Earth.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Dr. William Magnus tells Cyborg of the creation of the Metal Men, the First A.I. on Prime Earth. Photo/DC Comics

IN NEW 52

A U.S. ARMY PROJECT

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, Secretary of Defense Joseph Devol and General Scaletti knock at the door of Dr. William Magnus' lab working on the Metal Men U.S. army project.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, Secretary of Defense Joseph Devol and General Scaletti knock at the door of Dr. William Magnus’ lab working on the Metal Men U.S. army project. Photo/DC Comics

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, we are introduced to the creation of the Metal Men. In an effort to combat the events of the ‘Forever Evil’ storyline, Cyborg recruits Dr. William Magnus at the United States Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland.

As Secretary of Defense Joseph Devol reveals, the Metal Men was a 600 million dollar U.S. army project. Dr. William Magnus graduated at the top of his class from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. Six months ago, Dr. Magnus was recruited in order to develop the first A.I. capable of doing search and rescue missions too dangerous for human beings.

THE FIRST A.I.

Dr. Magnus explained to Cyborg that Grid which has taken over all the communication systems on Earth, was not the first A.I.. The Metal Men were.

Dr. Magnus invented what is called a responsometer, which he claimed was “the most advanced thinking device”. Each responsometer was placed in a vat of different molten metal. What happened next, was genius!

In 'Justice League' (2014) #24, Dr. William Magnus creates the Metal Men by placing their responsometers in a vat of a different molten metal.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #24, Dr. William Magnus creates the Metal Men by placing their responsometers in a vat of a different molten metal. Photo/DC Comics
In 'Justice League' (2018) #24, Dr. William Magnus creates the Metal Men.
In ‘Justice League’ (2018) #24, Dr. William Magnus creates the Metal Men. Photo/DC Comics

The Metal Men formed altering their appearances each to a humanoid form. Each Metal Man developed a different personality and appearance matching the properties of the metal they were created from.

Against Dr. Magnus’ predictions, the Metal Men developed at a pace more rapid than expected. They developed a sense of self, recognizing themselves and recognizing Dr. Magnus as a human. Also, they developed their own wills and did not initially follow Dr. Magnus’s commands.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men are born.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men are born. Photo/DC Comics

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THE METAL MEN ESCAPE

In 'Justice League' (2014) #28, the Metal Men escape the United States Army Research Laboratory.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #28, the Metal Men escape the United States Army Research Laboratory. Photo/DC Comics

Secretary of Defense Devol blows up the entrance to Dr. Magnus’ lab. He finds out from Dr. Magnus that the Metal Men have been created though with some problems that need correction.

Secretary of Defense Devol reveals that despite the problems, he plans to use the Metal Men as weapons of “assassinations.” Their mission is to assassinate a target involved with the Sons of Adam.

The Metal Men who were designed for dangerous search and rescue missions, do not agree to the mission. They escape the United States Army Research Laboratory.

NEXT: THE METAL MEN’S BIOS. SEPTEMBER 7TH


SOURCES

Justice League Vol 2 28 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #28.