Category Archive: Iron Man

Rescue 1 (July 2010)

So in this issue of Rescue—oh, wait, no, it’s the only issue of Rescue, which is a travesty (if that description doesn’t give you an idea of the book in advance…)—is set during… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 500.1 (April 2011)

I think I like Larocca’s art this issue than any one in the past. It’s literally a talking head (no one has dialogue except Tony), but Larocca does flashbacks and in these flashbacks,… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 500 (March 2011)

Fraction sets up this issue in two parts–first the present, with Tony tracking down Peter Parker to talk about some designs Tony forgot about, and second the future. In the future, Tony’s kid… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man Annual 1 (August 2010)

Fraction opens with an Immortal Iron Fist reference, then the Mandarin kidnaps a movie director and his wife, holding them hostage until the guy makes a movie of the Mandarin’s life. The Mandarin… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 33 (February 2011)

Interesting, we never get the saboteur revealed. This issue is a lot of setup after the action stops—Fraction goes back to the old way of writing Invincible, where Tony is narrating it. It… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 32 (January 2011)

In what I can only describe as a Jeff Parker moment, Fraction reveals—in the backup, illustrated by McKelvie—Pepper’s suit, J.A.R.V.I.S., has the hots for her. It’s cute (and ties into that next big… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 31 (December 2010)

And Fraction even takes it further… the Air Force guy agreeing to an attack endangering the American citizens he’s sworn to protect. Love it. The issue’s pacing is a little off though. It’s… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 30 (November 2010)

Okay, it’s not all Android users who are military industrial complex pawns, just some of them. Fraction gives the issue a great cliffhanger, just because he starts building to it about five pages… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 29 (October 2010)

I wish Larroca could draw Rhodey better. Especially this issue. He draws him without any personality–I guess he smiles a lot. But Rhodey is actually really important to this arc, because he’s kind… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 28 (September 2010)

So this issue is—while technically well-written—kind of pointless. Fraction has a bunch of really good dialogue and talking heads scenes, but it’s about Tony hiring these guys for his new company to build… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 27 (August 2010)

Here we get some promise of action (well, for next issue). Actually, the whole issue’s about promise. Fraction promises the return of Rescue—a fine move, because Pepper made a very interesting superhero—as well… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 26 (July 2010)

Fraction kind of skips over the craziest part of his Iron Man revamp–the liquid metal to the suit is stored in Tony’s bones. It’s a trippy, sort of non-Iron Man idea. Iron Man… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 25 (June 2010)

I was going to complement Fraction on having the greatest pacing of a comic book ever this issue… then realized it was oversized. Still, it’s hard not to be impressed with how much… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 24 (May 2010)

Larroca’s inspiration for illustrating Captain America appears to be Chris Bachalo. Yuck. Here’s where Tony comes back and saves everyone from the Ghost. Should have happened two issues ago. Anyway, some big problems–the… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 23 (April 2010)

What’s that smell? Oh, it’s Fraction inserting the Ghost into this narrative and messing it up. This issue features Pepper and Maria finding out Tony slept with both of them. It features little… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 22 (March 2010)

Yeah, this issue sort of realizes all my issues with a supervillain threatening Tony’s recovery. After Pepper finds out Tony’s not back–which is an effective scene, but it also depresses (Pepper certainly seemed… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 21 (February 2010)

This issue might be one of Fraction’s best. Well, it’s one of his best in being this really big, but really thoughtful superhero issue. Rhodey brings in Steve Rogers to convince Pepper to… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 20 (December 2009)

I think it would have been a lot bolder if Fraction hadn’t included Tony Stark on the ethereal plane with Howard Hughes. Especially given the big development of Pepper Potts not being sure… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 19 (December 2009)

Fraction finally gets himself a great cliffhanger… too bad it’s in the “last” issue of the arc. Apparently, Fraction learned a lot when he was working with Brubaker, including how to make one… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 18 (November 2009)

Okay, I was off… Pepper hid Madame Masque in the Crimson Dynamo armor, which means she wasn’t exactly worried about her dying in the explosion. I think Fraction was trying to make Black… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 17 (November 2009)

Tony gets real stupid this issue. Maybe too stupid. I’m not sure how Fraction’s going to bring this off at the end and keep the character. He might just have Tony restore a… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 16 (October 2009)

If the Marvel movie guys are reading Fraction’s Iron Man and liking it, I hope they’re telling Gwyneth Paltrow to start working out. Besides turning Maria Hill into a really boring character who… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 15 (September 2009)

There’s the Larroca I know and love–getting Tony’s face inconsistent from panel to panel in the climax. Fraction wastes maybe a third of the issue on Maria and Black Widow this issue. Black… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 14 (August 2009)

Okay, I finally understand what’s going on with Tony and the hard drive brain erasing. He needs to go from suit to suit to use their power sources to power the deletion. He… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 13 (July 2009)

Whew, lucky timing. The issue ends with Tony having a stroke as he’s erasing his brain and making himself dumber–Fraction did a terrible job explaining the brain as a hard drive thing, I… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 12 (June 2009)

I can’t help but wonder if Fraction is plotting out this story line based on The Empire Strikes Back. He splits up his triumvirate, gives each their own challenges–this issue being the Han… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 11 (May 2009)

Okay, here’s Fraction’s problem–he’s doing too much at once. He’s got Maria doing something, Pepper doing something and Tony doing something. Tony gets the most attention, leaving Pepper and Maria stuck without a… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 10 (April 2009)

Not sure I like Fraction’s pacing here. There’s something deceptive about it to convince the reader there’s more content. A lot of montages. Not bad montages–Larroca doesn’t have to stay consistent if he’s… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 9 (March 2009)

Technically speaking, it’s a decent comic book. Larroca is no worse than last issue, maybe even a little better since he’s drawing less faces. Fraction’s writing is strong as usual. Except the majority… Continue reading

The Invincible Iron Man 8 (February 2009)

I do love Matt Fraction. I started this issue ready to pounce because I’m just a negative kind of guy, but also because he opens with three separate narrators–Tony, Maria Hill and Pepper.… Continue reading