Review: Metal Society #5
Since it’s first issue, Metal Society has been an intriguing series. While the concept on the surface might seem like a MMA fight between a robot and a human but as you dig deeper, the series delivers far more. The comic tackles castes, slavery, society as a whole, and freedom. There’s been a lot to chew on. Metal Society #5 wraps up the series as our two combatants deliver blows to see which society is the most dominant.
Written by Zack Kaplan, Metal Society has scratched multiple itches for me as I’m both a fan of MMA and a political junkie. The series has been interesting to see how Kaplan not only handles the challenge of a human fighting a robot that can adapt but also the philosophy itself about the fight. Is it even the right thing to do?
Metal Society #5 takes that all further as Rosa battles WOL in the ring in a brutal battle. What does victory look like for each? Does WOL need to kill Rosa? Does Rosa just need to make WOL submit? Is just getting in the ring enough to prove humans deserve more than being a slave cast?
All of that is answered in a conclusion that feels logical and generally where I expected it to go. But, it does so in a rather quick way. The story itself needed a little bit more showing the brutality of the fight and the moments that follow. But, it does wrap things up nicely and the issue features a bit of a bonus at process art.
Guilherme Balbi‘s art continues to look great with color by Marco Lesko and lettering by Troy Peteri. The movement of the fight looks solid as MMA holds and moves are thrown and countered. There’s a fantastic use of page layout that at times turns the fight into a dance between its two warriors. My one criticism is the bruises on Rosa didn’t feel quite as pronounced as one would expect and taking some time to show how beaten she is would have emphasized her actions even more.
As a finale, Metal Society #5 delivers a satisfying ending. The story itself feels a bit short but the fight is brutal and as far as MMA, it’s pretty satisfying. On it’s own, the issue is a bit mixed but as far as wrapping up the series, it ends things in an interesting way.
Story: Zack Kaplan Art: Guilherme Balbi
Color: Marco Lesko Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review