The Invincible Iron Man 16 (October 2009)

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If the Marvel movie guys are reading Fraction’s Iron Man and liking it, I hope they’re telling Gwyneth Paltrow to start working out. Besides turning Maria Hill into a really boring character who PTSD (over the Controller incident, which Fraction resolved in maybe two pages so he’s just filling with her) and making Tony forgetful, he’s also turning Pepper Potts into this really thoughtfully written female superhero.

There’s some silly stuff this issue–Madame Masque babbles sweet nothings to Tony for like three pages (and then just babbles in general) and I’m wondering if Fraction’s trying to bring in Iron Man’s rogue’s gallery throughout this arc. I’d never heard of the Controller, who’s an Iron Man villain, and I guess Madame Masque is too. I hope however created her sued the pants off “G.I. Joe.”

Anyway, it’s a good issue, no forced cliffhangers… it even survives too much Black Widow.

CREDITS

World’s Most Wanted, Part 9: Titan of the Nuclear Age; 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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