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Marvel Adventures Iron Man, Volumes 2 and 3; Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Hulk & Iron Man, Volume 1

By Mark Allen
February 7, 2010 - 05:46

Having reviewed volume 1 of Marvel Adventures Iron Man a few weeks ago, and found it worthy of fans’ attention, I decided to hunt down a few more of Marvel’s digests, as much for the reading enjoyment of my children and myself as for review purposes. 

Volumes 2 and 3 of M.A. Iron Manwere, if anything, even better than the initial volume.  As before, characterization does not take a back seat to superhero action.  One of the departures this series takes from the classic Iron Man canon is to make a hero out of a classic villain in volume 2.  My only question is why writer Fred Van Lente decided to make him a villain again in volume 3.

Both volumes also provide something most Iron Man fans want: various suits of armor which are visually distinctive, and possess interesting features.  Volume 2 boasts one of the most entertaining tales, as Stark dons a recreation of the fan-favorite stealth armor (referred to here as “ghost” armor).

The art in both Iron Man volumes is more than competent, providing exciting, action-oriented visuals.

M.A. Spider-Man, Hulk & Iron Man, while not anything fans haven’t seen before, is a fine source of entertainment for kids, or adults who want superhero tales which are clean-cut and straightforward, albeit a bit “goofy” here and there; i.e., fighting “Meteor Men” who talk like surfers, and encouraging long-time villain Klaw in his new career as a (*cough*) country and western singer. 

Since the association is never explained, readers are left to assume that, in this case, the three heroes are a known team, ala The Defenders, The Avengers, etc.  Kudos to writer Paul Tobin and artist Alvin Lee for the fun-to-read, all-ages-appropriate fare.

Marvel Adventurestitles are highly recommended, especially for children.

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