The Invincible Iron Man 9 (March 2009)

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Technically speaking, it’s a decent comic book.

Larroca is no worse than last issue, maybe even a little better since he’s drawing less faces. Fraction’s writing is strong as usual. Except the majority of what he’s writing is expository dialogue from Tony. Lots and lots of it. He’s got Tony talking for pages recapping current events, explaining what Pepper and Maria have to help him do (wiping his brain, which proves to be a totally lame sequence) and probably something I’ve forgotten. It goes on forever.

Then there’s the issue with plotting. The events in the issue read like they take a few hours. However, there’s enough time for Maria Hill to go home, compose herself enough to grocery shopping, get kidnapped, escape her captors and get back to Tony.

All it needed were some labels identifying time passing.

It’s hard to dislike though. Fraction writes a great Tony Stark.

CREDITS

World’s Most Wanted, Part 2: Godspeed; 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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