Comic book reviews for Marvel Comics’ Invincible Iron Man #33, Invincible Iron Man #500, and Invincible Iron Man #500.1 by Matt Fraction
Average rating: 2.25/5
Invincible Iron Man #33 by Matt Fraction
Art: Salvador Larroca
This issue went where only Tony Stark could go. I really felt Fraction’s writing pulling toward the Tony of before he erased his mind, the bits of Tony we saw in the movie, and the earlier suave. Yes, he’s learned a few lessons, but only Tony could take a battle for his company, his technology, his own life, and his friends’ lives and turn it into a PR opportunity.
That said, he deserved every single bit of yelling that Maria Hill did. Yes, she could yell at him for about two more hours. Besides this being a comic book about Tony, I don’t really understand why Maria didn’t say “no, Tony, I’m sending my people in.” As military, she would’ve. You can’t tell me, especially in a post-9/11 world, that if there was an attack of any nature on US soil that the military wouldn’t respond. Heck, some idiot here in Washington state decided to fly his plane during a restricted time and space due to President Obama visiting, and not one, but two, supersonic military jets were sent to guard the President and take this guy down within seconds. I heard the sonic booms.
What are you saying I’m having problems with my suspension of disbelief with a comic book?
I’m not really surprised that Ezekiel is still alive. This is comics after all.
Good Morning, Tony by Matt Fraction
Art: Jamie McKelvie
Can we please have more art by McKelvie in this book? Can he please be the main artist? That would make me extremely happy.
But am I supposed to feel kind of bad for Tony here? Am I supposed to remember what he lost with those memories (Pepper)? Am I supposed to understand that not every day he has is exciting as each comic book issue? Or am I just supposed to wonder how he does so much and doesn’t fall asleep while fighting Kang the Conqueror?
Invincible Iron Man #500 by Matt Fraction
Art: Salvador Larroca and Frank D’Armata
What a waste of extra space in a comic book. Did not care for the art. Did not like the story. Did not think this was worth the extra space (trees) and the extra money.
I don’t know what’s new about a world where Iron Man’s technology has thoroughly corrupted and ruined the Earth. Also, I’m not saying we need a happy vision of the future Earth, but how new is this dystopian nightmare? And in that, it wasn’t actually a creative or unique dystopia. Or fully-fleshed out.
I think we were supposed to care about Tony Stark’s kids and to realize that he made the ultimate sacrifice, beyond his own life, to ensure that Earth and humanity lived on. By plunging them into the next Iron Age. (Get it? Iron Age?)
The Mandarin seemed like a bad characterization of himself. He felt like a poorly stereotyped Bond villain with his wenches and telling Tony his evil plan.
Blah. I so do not care.
Invincible Iron Man #500.1 by Matt Fraction
Art: Salvador Larroca
I only really took away two things from this:
1. While he was a drunk, Tony picked up Hep-C. I hope both Maria and Pepper insisted on using a condom. Maybe secret bases come supplied with those?
2. That Tony feels really bad for himself, and while he recognized the patterns enough to stop drinking, this hasn’t stopped all the rest of his habits.