The Invincible Iron Man 15 (September 2009)

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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 Widow’s getting and relying on intel Norman Osborn is planting, which suggests Bucky ought to find himself a better girlfriend. Fraction introduced the idea of a Captain America cameo like five issues ago… so far it’s an empty promise. I’m also not sure any cameo is going to make up for all the wasted Maria time.

Luckily, there are these wonderful scenes with Tony and Pepper. Apparently they get busy, almost kissing multiple times but there’s this very suggestive morning after scene. Though… last issue Pepper was talking about how she hadn’t showered in….

Never mind.

So, problematic plotting aside, it’s an excellent issue. And for the first time, Fraction comes up with a great cliffhanger.

CREDITS

World’s Most Wanted, Part 8: The Danger We’re All In; writer, Matt Fraction; artist, Salvador Larroca; colorist, Frank G. D’Armata; letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Alejandro Arbona, Warren Simons and Joe Quesada; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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