The Invincible Iron Man 1 (July 2008)

I’ve read this comic before. I don’t like it. It’s half sequel to the Iron Man movie and half adaptation of that movie’s distinct action sequences. I also don’t like Larroca’s artwork here. Maybe I don’t like him in general, but I know I don’t like him here. It’s plastically slick and photo-referenced.

To describe it a little more diplomatically, I think The Invincible Iron Man is distasteful corporate synergy.

So why am I reading it (again)?

Because I know once this dreadful arc is over, it gets great.

And because Fraction can get some of the material above the dreck. His stuff with Tony and Pepper is great. Not sure I like Tony’s silly five greatest fears. The first makes sense, maybe even the second, but fears two through five compound and Fraction does it to sound good, not because it’s a good idea.

Only five issues to bliss.


The Five Nightmares, Part 1: Armageddon Days; writer, Matt Fraction; artist, Salvador Larroca; colorists, Frank D’Armata and Stephane Peru; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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