Sadly, this one was a step down from the previous Metal issues that I've read. Still, though, it was an important step in the overall plot and the art remains quality if nothing else. If not for the fact that it's required reading for anyone else deciding to read through Metal, I'd say skip it. It's good, but not enough to recommend otherwise simply due to the slow pace and heavy use of recapping.
Alas, not every issue in the event needs to be a home run and I remain hopeful that this was just a minor hiccup.