The Invincible Iron Man 10 (April 2009)

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Not sure I like Fraction’s pacing here. There’s something deceptive about it to convince the reader there’s more content. A lot of montages. Not bad montages–Larroca doesn’t have to stay consistent if he’s drawing different people around the globe–but montages.

It’s also pretty convenient. If Pepper didn’t throw a temper tantrum and throw stuff around the office, she wouldn’t have found her Iron Girl armor and escaped H.A.M.M.E.R. (don’t hurt ’em). Given how Tony was rambling about not being the greatest futurist anymore, it makes sense… he relies on temper tantrums to save lives.

Oh, and it turns out his brain hard drive isn’t erased yet. He apparently needs to quest for the Holy Grail to get it done. Apparently, the great futurist has never heard of Bluetooth.

Fraction’s story stretching measures aside (it’s not decompressed, it’s stretched), his writing of the characters is excellent and very much worth reading.

CREDITS

World’s Most Wanted, Part 3: No Future; writer, Matt Fraction; artist, Salvador Larroca; colorist, Frank G. D’Armata; letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Alejandro Arbona, Warren Simons and Joe Quesada; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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