Robot City Adventures: The Indestructible Metal Men (series #3)
What You Need to Know:|
• This is a graphic novel for an older audience.
• This is not one of those comic books for younger kids like Lunch Lady and Baby Mouse. This story is about
a futuristic society of robots and humans living together. Calling all sci-fi fans!
• The artwork is cool and retro, like the comics of old. "Real" comic book fans (think marvel comics) will be enthralled
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• Click here for a complete list of the Robot City Adventures series.
Sweet Series Background:|
Robot City Adventures are tales about a futuristic city where Robots and Humans cohabitate. The Robots have personality and become real characters. The city is envisioned from the 1940's, depicting what they think it will be like in the twenty-first century. There are mature themes in these stories including death, fighting, threatening behaviors, shipwrecks and evil doctors trying to steal robotic secrets in order to make an evil, invincible robot soldier. This is not meant for too young an audience.
In The Indestructible Metal Men, the opening story is about a large ship, Colussus, that was shipwrecked in the 1940s (think Titanic). Dr. Greenwood, a British Inventor, was on board with his miraculous robotic inventions, the three Metal Men. Once the ship began to go down, the robots helped to keep the ship afloat a little while longer to allow more passengers to be saved. But, alas, Greenwood and his inventions perished. Fast forward sixty years and Metal Man #1 shows up on Robot City's dock after wandering the sea floor. Metal Man #1 was put in Robota Museum.
One day, Metal Man #1 suddenly has power and crashes out of the museum. It seems that another Metal Man, #3, was discovered by evil Mr. Furniss. Furniss is trying to uncover Dr. Greenwoods robotic secrets by dismantling his inventions. When Metal Man #3 was powered up, it woke Metal Man #1 up as well. Furniss' intentions are not altruistic like the museum's intentions. Furniss' evil plan includes figuring out a way to make an invincible robotic soldier to sell to other governments. When the museum staff traces the signal to Furniss' estate, they confront him. Things get heated, but goodness wins and the Metal Men are reunited and both given a home at the museum.
I think this is a great book to put in the hands of an older, reluctant reader. It is a bit hard to follow unless you know how to read a comic, so be sure to help your reader with that, especially if your reader has any challenges. Also, as described, the themes here are mature. This is no Captain Underpants.
2010, 48 pages
Graphic Novel, Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Books for Boys
• What do you think the world will be like in 60 years from now?
• Do you think robots will ever become part of our everyday lives?
• Do you think it is important to preserve history in museums? If so, why?
• What do you think happened to Metal Man #2? Will he ever turn up?
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