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.

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.

The Invincible Iron Man 8 (February 2009)

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I do love Matt Fraction.

I started this issue ready to pounce because I’m just a negative kind of guy, but also because he opens with three separate narrators–Tony, Maria Hill and Pepper.

None of them narrator for very long and Fraction’s omniscient third person narrator doesn’t stick around the whole issue. It’s just setup and the issue needs setup because it’s not clear what it’s going to be about until the end.

Tony decides to mess with the newly all-powerful Norman Osborn.

Fraction ends the issue with Pepper, Tony and Maria hanging out at a toy factory with Tony revealing his plans. The issue could have actually used more exposition, since it’s all a Secret Invasion followup and I didn’t read that series.

Larroca’s art is funny. He doesn’t keep faces consistent between panels–his Osborn looks completely different one panel to the next.

Still, it’s great.

CREDITS

World’s Most Wanted, Part 1: Shipbreaking; 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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