ReviewTitle: “If This Be Sanctuary?!”
Synopsis: Machine Man and his new friends flee from the robotic forces of Baintronics –a company owned by Madame Menace!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Barry Windsor-Smith
This excellent miniseries from writer Tom DeFalco and a freshly returned-to-comics Barry Windsor-Smith continues to impress. Herb Trimpe fans might be disappointed, as Windsor-Smith’s line and color work completely overpower Trimpe’s breakdowns; it’s a small price to pay for this gorgeous artistic outing. On the story front, DeFalco also delivers solid work. This dystopian, cyberpunk future of 2020 might be old hat to sci-fi, but it feels surprisingly fresh in a Bronze Age Marvel comic. The surprise ending – which further connects this series back to the Marvel U – will have readers wanting more. Well done!
Cool factor: Barry Windsor-Smith giving Machine Man the Dark Knight Returns treatment. What’s not cool about that?!
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Notable: First appearance of Iron Man 2020.
“… sometimes all the cleverness in the world can’t equal a single, well-placed shot between the eyes!”Brain, a thinking man’s robo-hunter
MACHINE MAN #2
Published and © by Marvel, November 1984
Cover by Barry Windsor-Smith