on 18 August 2010
This edition of Iron man, has honestly been my least favorite of the new 'Invincible Iron Man' era. We pick up from worlds most wanted pt 2, with Strak brain dead. This story is about the return of Tony stark to conscience-ness. This book is a 5 parter, the shortest of the IIM volumes. The story makes with the same visuals from the worlds most wanted story ark, which honestly, I think are not as defined as of that in The Five Nightmares (volume 1).
I won't spoil, the story obviously has one direction however. It doesn't deviate much from that, and most of the book is spent in the metaphysical world where Tony Stark appears to be trapped. The pace is granted, slower than the others, which some readers may appreciate, but everything else also seems to be slowed down. Reading the blurb of the book, it spoke of an Asgardian war which Thor was tied up in, yet there is no mention what so ever of this in the book, furthermore, Thor is brilliantly drawn on the front of the cover, and the inside 'previously' blurb mentions has Captain America, Thor, and War machine will now have to all team up to save him, but reading through the breif story, this could not be further from the Truth.
Thor, literally, only features in ONE frame of the story, the rest is played by Donald Blake. Captain america (which there happens to be two of now? (I'm not a CA reader, but this confused the hell out of me) features for only a few short short moments also. War machine also does in no way appear as war machine, as is also only drawn in a few frames, with only a few connective scraps of dialog. Half way through the story, all the characters seem to disapear, when Maria and Pepper hide in the basemest, they explain that everyone has 'taken off' for no apperent reason? Black widow does not feature at all, another mistake in the blurb.
Oddly, the story is actually filled by a large chuck of Dr. Strange! When he seems to have no mention what so ever on the cover, even when he is present ten fold what the other supers are! The story features only a 'psuedo villian', and the whole 'being haunted by Norman Osborn' arc is pitifully killed in a few short scenes, with him announcing to the super villian world to leave Tony alone, and then sometime later, they come out with some speil about how 'Norman will destroy himself'. A big waste to what could of been a great piece of storytelling there, unfortunatly.
Overall, I've been very impressed by the new Invinsible Iron Man era, but this is by far the most dissapointing volume, an indeed mabye Iron Man volume, i've read. The story simply suffers a lack of action, depth, and the characters we were promised! It features no repulsors, no Iron Man, no 1616, no C.A, no Thor, no fighting, only dialouge, and even the first few pages are filled with a speil from Tony, each frame drawn exactly the same as the last!
This could of been done so well, made into a giant power struggle, but instead it got caught somewhere inbetween an epic, and a small, rather obligitory part to the story, and what they have ended up with, is a book that is too long for the short story within, that on reflection, probably could of been effortlessly fitted into maybe 1 or 2 episodes, but it definatly did NOT need its own volume.
I look forward to the next story ark: Resilliant, who knows, maybe there will actually be some Iron Man in it!