by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Invincible Iron Man
Written by Matt Fraction, Art by Salvador Larroca
Published: January 2012
Oh this series is really getting good. For a while it was hard to read because I would think fondly of the charisma Robert Downey Jr. brought to the big screen adaptation. But this issue made me forget about that and focus on where Fraction was going with this wonderful storyline! Of course in typical Tony Stark super luck, Split Lip decides to work for him, which can only mean new gadgets and toys. Some days Tony has it so easy.
I really like how we finally have the story arc with Mandarin, Stane, and the rejuvenated Hammer. For once the bad guys are really going full evil by attacking Tony the person instead of going head to head with Iron Man, who always seems to hand them their behinds in a sling. The drinking binge might be a good angle depending on how it is worked in. Everyone loves a hero who needs help right? But I like the way Matt Fraction is bringing the subject around. He is not just rehashing Tony’s bottle problem in the same manner as pre-AA Stark.
The art? Very nice as usual by Salvador Larroca. He does such a great job with the details of the highly technical and energy filled scenes that always accompany Iron Man. Honestly it takes a whole different cut to draw high powered, energy blasting heroes versus those who only engage in martial arts. I am glad Fear Itself is done and gone. Even more so I am happy with this new arc and can’t wait to get my hands on the next few issues. I am hoping for at least 6 good issues for this storyline to really flesh it out.