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Have you read Invincible Iron-man Vols 1-6, if so avoid this.
on 13 August 2012
This is the first time I have written a review on Amazon, but I felt so strongly about this, & didn't want others to make the same mistake as me that i just had to let others know.
Collecting Invincible Iron-man 500, 500.1, Annual 1 and a few pages from 503. Although it says Larroca on the cover there is only about 10% of his art in the whole book, the rest is from other artist which is generally very jarring and messy compared to larroca's clean crisp lines and well rendered colours.
The first section of the book, material from the Annual, focuses on the Mandarin, & while it is mildly interesting has no bearing on the plot in the previous trades, also there are several plot inconsistency the most glaring is that the Mandarin appears to have both his hands & is wearing the rings on his hands again, when did this happen? Previously he was posing as a businessman, had metal hands & the rings implanted into his spine. The comical but violent tone of the story contradicts itself, and as mentioned previously the art is poor, there were many times I had to keep re-reading a page & study the frames carefully as I couldn't figure out what was meant to be happening.
The next story is from issue 500.1 it's a device to encourage new readers but is frustrating for long time readers. It is basically a recap of everything that has happened previously, the only plot point which as any relevance to recent narrative comes at the end of the story in which Pepper tells Tony over the phone that they slept together & he admits he doesn't remember, that's it!
The last last story is from 500 and co-stars Spider-man, why? I have no idea, why not? It's told in real-time & then flash-forwards to 2052, it's very clunky and the future sections of the story are badly illustrated.
This a perfect example of what happens when events and crossovers from the studio dictate what takes place in individual comics, the writer Fraction has done a magnificent job so far but it all just stops to take care of the re-start (Again) 500 is really Issue 34, if you are looking forward to a continuation of the cliffhanger from Stark Resilient then you will be, like me, severely disappointed.
Another warning/ If you are expect more from the next Volume, Unfixable then don't, it ties in to fear Itself & also has little bearing on what has gone before, it an O.K read but don't expect fireworks.