You dig big robots, I dig big robots. This week, DC: Mech by Kenny Porter and Baldemar Rivas presents our ever-expanding multiverse with a radical new alternate actuality. With the age of heroes ending prematurely by Darkseid’s defeat of the JSA, the would-be superheroes of the fashionable period flip to a brand new technique of defending the Earth from disaster: piloting monumental robotic fits designed to repel the forces of evil. We all know that Flash, Batman, Superman and Surprise Girl are all amongst Earth’s mech-piloting champions. However we are able to’t assist however marvel which different DC heroes is likely to be finest behind the controls of such a posh and highly effective machine. Listed here are our prime candidates to get within the robotic.
High of our listing is a superhero who simply so occurs to already pilot a large robotic. As S.T.R.I.P.E., Pat Dugan protects Blue Valley and his stepdaughter Stargirl’s again in a giant white mech swimsuit. As a bonus, in TV’s Stargirl sequence, Pat simply so occurs to be the final surviving member of the unique Justice Society of America. Utilizing Pat because the connective bridge between the misplaced JSA era and the fashionable, mech-piloting heroes could be too cool an thought for us to withstand.
This heroic tackle Superman’s traditional villain Toyman was launched as an ally in 2001’s Superman #177, a younger genius inventor whose toy-inspired mechanisms assist Superman (and infrequently Batman) in preventing enemies like Metallo and Lex Luthor. However Hiro’s most memorable function was within the Superman/Batman comics story tailored into the movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the place he reveals to the World’s Best his best invention: The Composite Superman/Batman Rocket Ship, “with sufficient energy in its fist to take out the moon!” Even when this idea proves a bridge too far for DC: Mech, we might positively see a spot for Hiro on Bruce or Clark’s growth workforce.
The trendy Blue Beetle has simply wrapped filming his personal film and has his personal anticipated sequence arising in Blue Beetle: Commencement Day, which we acquired a have a look at throughout San Diego Comedian Con. However let’s not neglect that the very first time we met Jaime was in Infinite Disaster, when Batman introduced him alongside to the Brother Eye satellite tv for pc to do what no different hero might do: interface with the complicated, autonomous machine, and wrest management again for the nice guys. With the assistance of his symbiotic scarab Khaji-Da, Jaime makes for an ideal mech pilot candidate. On the earth of DC: Mech, we might even see Khaji-Da being the robotic. Residing robotic fits which should operate in tandem with their human pilot is among the extra complicated tropes we’ve seen in mech anime, nevertheless it’s workable beneath the proper circumstances. Jaime is the child to get us there.
We couldn’t not put Cyborg on this listing. As DC’s most distinguished half-man/half-machine, Vic Stone already represents synthesis between humanity and mechanized energy. As a former core member of the Justice League roster, he’s most likely the almost definitely to be seen within the pilot’s seat for DC: Mech out of everybody on this listing. We might see the DC: Mech model of Cyborg tragically fused to his personal swimsuit, unable to ever really depart it, however in the end accepting it as a part of his identification in an identical arc to what Cyborg has undergone within the mainstream comics. Jury’s out on whether or not or not you’ll get a “boo-ya.”
Like Pat Dugan in S.T.R.I.P.E., John Henry Irons goes out and fights crime in a mechanical swimsuit on a regular basis—solely it’s rather a lot much less cumbersome than your typical mech. In reality, some incarnations of Metal’s armor are like a liquid, silver pores and skin poured proper over him. However that sleekness is definitely adaptable to one thing larger and extra highly effective in a world the place big robots rule. We’d prefer to see a job for his niece and successor Natasha as effectively, a succesful Metal in her personal proper, drifting collectively just like the two-pilot mechs of Pacific Rim.
DC: Mech is a narrative a few world of fallen heroes, compelled to adapt and compensate to new circumstances, rising to turn into one thing better than they ever had been earlier than. It is a story acquainted to us: it is what made Barbara Gordon’s transformation from Batgirl to Oracle one of many best character developments in DC historical past. A paralyzed Barbara Gordon piloting a Bat-mech to reclaim her autonomy and turn into a beneficial ally in opposition to Apokolips could be a strong narrative and a uncommon alternative to honor her legacy as each Oracle and Batgirl.
Amanda Waller is the most important, hardest badass there may be. It doesn’t matter in case you’re Batman. Push as you would possibly, there’s merely no toppling the Wall. True as which may be, Waller’s function in Job Power X is often a managerial one, hardly ever becoming a member of the Suicide Squad herself except one thing has gone very, very mistaken. One exception to that rule was John Ostrander and Javier Pina’s 2007 Suicide Squad title, which had Waller doing one of many coolest issues she’s ever finished: remotely piloting the large, poisonous mechanical super-villain Chemo as her personal private mecha, even taking up her personal visage as she used the Deathless Doom to wreak havoc on the enemy. It’s true that not having her within the swimsuit straight would possibly curtail some potential drama, however sustaining a mortal psychic hyperlink between the 2 Matrix-fashion is likely to be a great way to get round that. And actually, we’d simply be blissful to see Waller kicking ass once more.
No person within the DC Universe has ever needed to be a mech pilot greater than Kyle Rayner. As probably the most artistically imaginative of Earth’s Inexperienced Lanterns, you by no means know what inspiration Kyle will draw upon for his subsequent assemble. However one among his favourite sources has at all times been the robots and monsters of Japanese popular culture, which devastate in a method that comedian guide villains aren’t fairly used to coping with. A Inexperienced Lantern with a large mech fabricated from solely onerous mild sounds fairly cool to us, and in spite of everything these years of placing within the work, Kyle has earned this. As Kyle tells the villain Armek in JLA #3, “I’m your worst nightmare, pal. A manga nut with an influence ring.”
And in case you’re as a lot of a manga nut as Kyle, you received’t need to miss DC: Mech. Get that first difficulty proper now!
DC: Mech #1 by Kenny Porter, Baldemar Rivas and Mike Spicer is now accessible in print and as a digital comedian guide.
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