DC: Mech #5 Review | Batman News

Green Lantern pilots Hal Jordan and John Stewart prepare with Wally West to deliver their first attack blow to Apokolips. As the heroes commit to their sacrifice, the rest of the earth puts their trust in what Luthor has been working on.

DC: Mech #3 is primarily a Green Lantern story. As previously mentioned, John and Hal both inherit Alan Scott’s ring to power their mech suit. While John is praised for his resemblance to the original Green Lantern, Hal worries he is holding Stewart back. Since none of them have been able to use the ring’s full potential, they plan to blast Darkseid’s machine with whatever power they can. Not surprisingly, Hal’s behavior sets a strong death flag for him. As far as Wally is concerned, like Barry, he will die if he activates his speed power generator. Since all parties are willing to martyr themselves for the cause, they give Hawkgirl a brief resignation.

Luthor and his panel of scientists and government agents celebrate the launch of the Bizzaro unit. Proud Luthor forcing his pilot into Bizarro brings back images of evangelions mad scientist Gendo Ikari. Bizzaro not only looks like an EVA UNIT, but also crushes the pilot out of the cockpit. All fictional scientists learn that man should never be too comfortable playing god at some point, but Luthor never stops trying. Personally, it seemed silly that Luthor would choose to lie, cheat, and steal to build a bioweapon that just flies away. Hopefully, Bizarro will still use Kal-El’s memories to fight Darkseid.

The latest designs arrive this week with the premiere of the full Justice Squadron team. In addition, Baldemar Rivas creates mechs for what appears to be Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Katana. I almost forgot how many mech suits there are in this world because of the focus on the upgraded mechs. Central City’s villains use stolen mechs with their own powers, so I’ve always wondered what makes Batman and the others different. Wonder Woman’s Amazonian metals, Flash’s speed generator, and the Green Lantern might be rare, but nothing a few others couldn’t replicate. Anyway, now that Kal-El has embraced Earth, he’s finally changing his color scheme to the classic red, yellow, and blue. However, has not yet combed his wild anime protagonist hair.

When the fighting starts, the squadron looks great in action. Diana and Kal put their differences aside and protect Wally and John. The biggest moment in the issue comes when John utters the Green Lantern Oath and rips Kalibak apart! Unfortunately, it’s after a major sacrifice in the series, but it wouldn’t be an anime without one. I don’t quite understand why they couldn’t use lantern constructs earlier, but the speed force generator, which is a glass cannon, bothers me much worse. Surprisingly, the team seems far more nerfed as robots than as superheroes. Darkseid, on the other hand, broadcasts all over the world and delivers a clichéd supervillain speech. The address itself reminded me a lot of the rogue threats that were being made about the incoming messages star trek. Whatever battle they face, at least they will face it together now.

Recommended if…

  • Fan of mech anime and manga.
  • you have enjoyed Direct Current: Mech until now.
  • Look for an Elseworld that won’t piss you off.

In total

Ultimately, the artwork and story aren’t bad. Each issue does its best to keep it fun and actually manages to deliver a short but sweet adventure. The mech suit gimmick hasn’t lost its appeal, and most are welcome homages to other well-loved franchises. The character development and the simplicity of the plot might be its weakest points, but it manages to capture the manga style. As for the penultimate edition, this one sets the stage for a big colorful brawl against the galaxy’s biggest sorrel!

Score: 8/10

Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with a free copy of this comic for this review.


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