by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Invincible Iron Man
Written by Matt Fraction, Art by Salvador Larroca
Published: August 2012
The last issue was so good that I was eagerly anticipating this book. I have to admit that I really love when Rhodey gets a chance to play hero because his character is such a contrast to Tony. Oh, and he is flying in the new suit – sweet!
Aside from Rhodes, we also get more Spymaster being evil and vicious as he is busy destroying things at the Resilient offices. The use of the red-light coloring adds a great sense of dread and intensity as you just have to root for Cabe and even Wyche to somehow make it out alive.
From top to bottom this is a great book with Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca complimenting each other on every page oh so well. Sasha Hammer fighting Detroit Steel was an amazing section. The scene with the Mandarin also really pops. With so many cool panels and stories going on, it is almost a shame to go back to Rhodes sometimes because you can’t wait to see what is going to happen to all the other characters. But this combination of so many interesting and tense events just made me want more.
Larroca does another great job on all fronts including the new suit. The combat scenes were fantastic and he did an amazing job with the facial expressions really showing frustration and other emotions very clearly when needed.
So the last few issues have been insanely good. In fact, all things Matt Fraction in the Iron Man series this year have been phenomenal (note pick them all up because as a comic fan you deserve this kind of series). This specific book drops off a little bit to get a 8 out of 10 rating which really is pretty good. Had the bar not been set so high with previous work this issue might rate a little higher.