Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review(s) of the Week: Mega Man #17 and He-Man #2

I don't know much about Proto Man, beyond he is an earlier robot created by Dr. Light and he ran off on him. So in a sense he's Mega Man's older brother, a sort of like Data and Lore from Star Trek TNG.  In this issue Mega Man finds out about Proto Man while going through some old files and asks Dr. Light about him. Dr. Light tells Mega Man the story about how he, with the aid of Dr. Wily (they were still friends at the time) created Proto Man, the first self aware robot. There was a problem with his power core however and Dr. Light needed to fix him. Proto Man, however, was resistant to being changed. He then later hears Dr. Light venting his frustrations to a friend saying he wishes he could just reprogram the rebellious streak out of Proto Man. Hearing this, and not realizing Dr. Light wasn't serious, Proto Man runs off. Dr Light tells Mega Man that without the necessary repair to his power core Proto is probably dead by now.

This issue had a lot of interesting moments of Proto Man learning about the world around him, things like music and art. Classic Sci-Fi stories about artificial intelligence always touch on what it is to be human, to be self aware, to have a soul even, and while this didn't dive deep into such themes it did skim the surface enough that the smart kids who read this will find themselves asking some real questions. And as always with this series, while they are great for kids even an old cynical nerd like myself can enjoy them. If you were ever a fan of the Blue Bomber you should be reading this book.


For my review of issue one click here. If it seems like it's been a while since the last issue came out, its not just you this issue was seriously delayed. It turns out writer James Robinson bailed after issue one and Keith Giffen stepped in to finish it. In the first issue we see a world where Adam AKA He-Man is just a peasant and Skeletor rules and no one has any memory of things as they should be. Adam does have some vague dreams of being He-Man and headed out to figure out why he felt things were wrong. In this issue he's in the desert when he is attacked by some men working for Trap Jaw. He manages to escape and finds some girl who seems to know what going on and our issue ends with her about to tell him.

I have no idea why Robinson left. DC is plagued with creative teams bailing or getting axed right now but to leave after one issue of a six issue miniseries? That's Kevin Smith level flaking. But Keith Giffen stepped right in there and the series is still moving along just fine. I'm still interested to know how Skeletor got things with way, the artwork by Philip Tan is still great, and I look forward to the next issue. If, like me, you have fond memories of He-Man you should check this book out.

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