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 is fighting the Mandarin, who has taken over the world thanks to Tony’s technology.

Fraction plays the future as full action. There’s no time for a break–and he’s got two artists on it, Kano on some, Fox on the rest. Fox gets the most destruction, probably because his scenes of mass destruction look great.

The present material, with Spidey showing up eventually, is played straight, but with some humor.

Fraction needs to do a Tony and Peter series.

What’s so nice about how the issue works is how it embraces a lot of what Fraction’s done already, but doesn’t tie him down. The future’s not guaranteed (you know, after the next crossover).

It’s great stuff.


The New Iron Age; writer, Matt Fraction; artists, Salvador Larocca, Kano, Nathan Fox and Carmine Di Giandomenico; colorists, Frank D’Armata, Javier Rodriguez and Matthew Wilson; letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Stephen Wacker; publisher, Marvel Comics.


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  1. Yeah, Tony & Peter’s chemistry is really something. A four issue mini of the two by Fraction would probably be a lot better than much of the dreck Marvel now puts on the stands. The whole “spider” rhyme was just contagious, and the artwork styles blended perfectly. This is how you use artists that are good and don’t want to commit to a monthly grind. The Mandarin came off a little impotent to me compared to his earlier appearance (what, no rings?), but Fraction seems to be willing to stretch him out and get some milage out of him, so we’ll see.

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