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Sunday, July 12, 2009 

Dan DiDio writing Metal Men newspaper strip

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently wrote about DC's planned "Wednesday Comics" that they're going to publish in USA Today. Unfortunately, it seems that DiDio has also written one of these entries, that being the Metal Men segment:
As DC's big boss, DiDio had the pick of the litter. So why did he choose to chronicle the adventures of quirky (albeit beloved) robots who have been knocking around since the 1960s?

"Are you kidding?" he asked. "I love the Metal Men. I wrote the story on two long plane rides. I went back to the traditional aspect of the characters, keying in on the different personality of each robot. It was a challenge to put a lot of storytelling in a limited amount of space and end each week with a cliffhanger."
Even if this "experiment" of theirs doesn't resort to the same misery-meets-darkness tactics that are plaguing their pamphlets, I wouldn't be surprised if this is still one more flash-in-the-pan attempt of theirs to gain and audience, and a weak attempt to make it look as though they're capable of branching out to more challenging territory. And because this is DiDio, I wouldn't trust him even for a moment, nor do I expect this to be respectable of the characters he's writing.

Another writer/artist on this project who also doesn't appeal to me is Kyle Baker, who's going to write/draw their Hawkman strip. Because of his involvement in Marvel's Truth miniseries, and because of his stereotypical artwork there, that's why I wouldn't look forward to that segment either.
DiDio said the experiment is a different way of presenting comics and could become a regular summer event.
With newspaper readership declining, it's possible it won't even be that much.

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