The Invincible Iron Man 6 (December 2008)

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Aww, the Iron Man helmet on the last page looks so sad.

It’s a bad issue, to be sure, and a terrible way to end this story arc–it’s way too compressed–but it’s only the third worst issue so far in the series (and, I’m hoping, the last bad one in the series).

I think there’s some big fight. I don’t really remember. The comic reads in three minutes.

At the beginning, we quickly discover how Tony Stark outsmarted Zeke Stane. Fraction pulled off the trick by also tricking the reader, which is sort of dishonest given he’s using Tony as a narrator for the series. I mean, when Arthur Conan Doyle used similar devices in Sherlock Holmes stories… it’s not like Holmes was narrating.

I don’t really care, I just think it’s lazy and far beneath a writer of Fraction’s ability.

Like much of the series so far.

CREDITS

The Five Nightmares, Part 6: Irrational Actors; writer, Matt Fraction; artist, Salvador Larroca; colorist, Frank D’Armata; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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