By Andy Frisk
July 25, 2009 - 22:43
Pepper tracks Tony to
The Invincible Iron Man currently ranks as one of Marvel’s best books right now, along with Captain America. Matt Fraction continues to weave a tale that we just can’t get enough of. The month long wait between installments of the current storyline is nearly unbearable. Tony Stark has had a myriad of health problems in the past, and has danced with death, alcoholism, and many heart issues, but losing his intellectual capacity slowly over the last several issues has to be one of the toughest losses Tony has had to face. Tony Stark’s only “superpower” has always been his genius. His intellect isn’t a superpower though, in the sci-fi sense of the term that is. It’s his gift and what makes him who he is. This makes his dwindling ability even more dramatic. He will have to recover his intellect at some point in the future, as we will have to see Iron Man fly again, but right now that eventuality seems far from happening anytime soon.
There’s been plenty of mention in previous reviews of The Invincible Iron Man about how the artwork here (and in War Machine) is a techno-phile’s dream. The artwork brings to life, in near photorealistic style, all of the necessary computer glow, and armor plating that makes Iron Man the interesting techno-hero he is. Larroca, though, demonstrates his ability to create detailed and realistic recreations of the natural world in this issue as well. The snowy Russian Siberia glows with natural reflected sunlight as realistically as Pepper’s technologically glowing chest plate does.
Rating: 9 /10