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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Machine Man #4 - Battle on a Very Busy Street

This issue opens with Doc Spaulding helping Machine Man get rid of the inhibiting cylinder that Ten-For placed on him last issue, and then going off to find the alien Autocron. Along the way Machine Man has a crisis on identity when he hears how the soldiers talk about stopping the machines, leading to an internal discussion with the spirit of his creator/father Abel Stack.

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Regaining his faith in his own identity, Machine Man goes after Ten-Four, planning to return him through a dimensional warp, only to see Ten-For has taken hostages and is summoning more of his race.

Very good issue, moving the story nicely, and there's some especially good Kirby scripting in the identity crisis scene and some nice bits of humour.

Mike Royer inks the 17-page story and Frank Giacoia inks the cover.

Published 1978

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