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The Awkwardness of Exes

July 10, 2009

     At long last, in the newest issue of Invincible Iron Man, Tony Stark’s past has caught up with him.  In the midst of a confrontation with Rescue (Pepper Potts) while still wearing the Crimson Dynamo suit, Tony suddenly remembers Pepper and stops freaking out.  Turns out that his memory loss is so bad that forgot that he made Pepper a suit.  He’s even forgotten about Happy Hogan.  Meanwhile, Maria Hill meets up with Black Widow and begs her to take her to Captain America.  Black Widow refuses, resulting in a chase across New York City.  H.A.M.M.E.R. agents swoop in to take Maria into custody, and the Widow decides to help her.  Back in Russia, Madame Masque ties up Pepper and starts torturing her.  She then takes off her mask in front of Tony to ask him if he ever really loved her and what her face really looks like.  Seems we’ll be getter an answer to this long-standing question next issue.

     Madame Masque is probably one of Tony’s three greatest enemies, along with the Mandarin and Obadiah Stane, the Iron Monger.  She’s also one of Tony’s biggets love interests, along with Pepper.  I’m glad that someone is treating her properly for the first time in years.  I’m really excited to see what Matt Fraction is going to show her face as, and I’m really excited to see where this is heading.  World’s Most Wanted may still be good, but it’s starting to stagnate, and I think that this new development may solve that problem.  As I said before, I think that this was a story arc that should have been six issues, but Fraction is making it twice that size, so it feels unwieldy.  I also can’t wait to see what Bucky does with Maria Hill.  He never had to deal with her when she was in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., so I imagine that this will be an interesting interaction.  Salvador Larroca’s faces are still very much improved from how they used to be.  But to be honest, as I mentioned before, his panels often look very static.  This series needs a new artist after this arc.  Still, Matt Fraction continues to prove that he has an unparalleled grasp on Tony Stark in these pages.  I just wonder how he can get himself out of this jam.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 8.6      Dialogue: 8.6      Overall: 8.6

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 11, 2009 5:55 am

    looks verry bloody for a comic 😛

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