Welcome to the first inaugural posting of We Got Issues, a new piece of geek literature planned to be brought to you on a semi-regular basis surrounding a mixed bag of random comics and the hilarity hidden within them. Here’s the set up: I spend a lot of time scouring bargain bins and through many a sale at my local comic shop I’ve grown to have quite the back log of varied comics and graphic novels. They always tell you don’t judge a book by its cover and while that tends to be true I’m going to act like I’ve never heard it before and do my own thing. I’m going to tell you exactly what I think it’s about based on the cover alone!
The comic discussed here has been read completely out of order and context of other issues.
Machine Man #19
Boy there’s a lot to take in here. If a picture says a thousand words this one has broken that law in half and left me speechless. Machine Man believes his soup to have been poisoned at the grand opening for the Reverse Avengers Nursing Facility . Lady Silver Surfer nervously trots away from the scene of the crime. Her paranoia has clearly made her believe that everyone thinks she’s guilty, she doesn’t think she’s guilty but she knows she must leave lest she become guilty by association even though she doesn’t know who did it at all. Mean while Sleepy Hollow, presumably guilty, sees a perfect chance to escape during all the hijinx and rides his magic sombrero off into the night. Knowing a tasty opportunity when they see one, The Very Visible Woman and Big Boy Thor come up with a scheme to steal food rations from Skinny Hulk and Blue Chrome Batman.
We open on Machine Man’s face looking all manner of screwed up and learn that until his face is repaired he can’t take on his secret human identity of Aaron Stack. He also has to guard an embassy during a conveniently timed Halloween party. Guess that throws my ex-superhero recovery clinic out the window! The party goers aren’t really digging his Superman Clark Kent mask (yes, they went there), so without Aaron Stack’s consent they nix it and accidentally unveil his Machine Man face! But Machine Man didn’t really have anything to worry about because he’s on an inhuman level of smooth (or the party attendees are just blackout drunk) and they think his metal face is his actual costume. Things are going pretty well until Jack O’Latern (cleverly disguised as a jack-o-latern) and his goon squad crash the party!
“I can never again walk among humanity, unnoticed and unmolested!”
Machine Man #19 marks the first appearance of Jack O’Latern and is also the last issue of the run.
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