The Invincible Iron Man 3 (September 2008)

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Bring on the expository dialogue, I haven’t heard enough from Zeke Stane about his stupid skin getting burnt up by his organic Iron Man setup. Is his name supposed to sound like a synonym for track marks? Because it kind of does; it’s appropriate, because he’s a crap villain.

This issue reads, again, like a sequel to Iron Man, only this time, it’s Pepper Potts who gets to become… Iron Woman? Iron Girl? Iron Lady? Iron Maiden? If Pepper’s a maiden, though…

A lot of it is decently written, so the ending with the expository rant is out of place. It’s also unbelievable SHIELD has due process and they can’t just arrest Zeke Stane. Fraction pushes for a “reasonable” Marvel Universe, post-Civil War and all, but it just doesn’t compute.

I have nothing to say about the Larroca art this issue, which is probably a good thing.

But eh.

CREDITS

The Five Nightmares, Part 3: Pepper Potts at the End of the World; writer, Matt Fraction; artist, Salvador Larroca; colorist, Frank D’Armata; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Alejandro Arbona and Warren Simons; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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