Iron Man

Invincible Iron Man #600

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2018

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Iron Man #600 comic reviewThe final comic from Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel before moving to DC is something of a mess. Featuring a number of different artists and a plot that seems to condense about six months worth of story all into a single issue, Iron Man #600 announces the return of Tony Stark to the Marvel Universe. Not satisfied with one miracle, Tony also brings back another friend from the dead with him.

The issue also includes Riri Williams, along with other heroes like Miles Morales, getting recruiting into a super-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. like agency whose members include vampires by Leonardo da Vinci. Oh, and Tony’s parents are alive and his father has been working for Hydra for years. Okay…

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Avengers #1

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2018

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Avengers #1 comic reviewAvengers Reboot! With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Comics decides to reboot the Avengers. Again. For like the 19th time. I maybe be exaggerating. The new comics starts off with a flashback to the elder Avengers featuring Odin and characters I don’t care enough to look up in a comic concept I hate with a fiery passion (hey, you know the hero/team/villain you really like, well, let’s strip away everything unique about them ’cause somebody else did it first).

From there we jump to modern times with Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man all sitting around a bar thinking how great it would be to get the old band together. And then Celestials start falling from the sky. Wow, good thing they didn’t wait until next week to get drunk and nostalgic. We also get appearances by Black Panther and Doctor Strange, She-Hulk, Carol Danvers, and… Ghost Rider? WTF is Ghost Rider doing in an Avengers comic?

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Avengers: Infinity War

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2018

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  • Title: Avengers: Infinity War
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Avengers: Infinity War movie review2012’s The Avengers brought together all the elements from the planned Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a payoff movie, and one that was executed brilliantly by Joss Whedon. It also gave us the first on-screen appearance of Thanos (now played by Josh Brolin) whose foreshadowed war on the universe would be put on hold for several years. Until now. Since The Avengers, too many of the Marvel movies have been forced into world building while telling their story. For the first time in years, there is no horizon which frees sreenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors the Russo Brothers to simply tie the elements together as Whedon did six years ago and tell one hell of a story. And you know what? They do a damn good job.

With some notable exceptions (Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Marvel is still completely ignoring their television properties) everyone is on hand to deal with the threat of Thanos who finally gets around to collecting the Infinity Stones which will allow him to complete his life-long quest of killing off half the lives across the universe with the snap of his fingers.

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Infamous Iron Man #12

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #12 comic reviewAfter last issue’s reveal of just who has been toying with Doctor Doom this entire time, Infamous Iron Man offers a team-up between Doom and Doctor Strange against Mephisto (who appears quite put out by the idea that Victor von Doom could perhaps redeem himself).

With much of the early panels featuring Mephisto talking directly to the reader and the later panels focused on Sharon Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D. being unable to process what they have just witnessed, Infamous Iron Man leaves things more open-ended than I expected. Realizing that Tony Stark‘s return is a forgone conclusion, just what will happen to the would-be Iron Man when the original returns as part of Marvel Legacy?

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Infamous Iron Man #11

by Alan Rapp on September 6, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #11 comic reviewInfamous Iron Man #11 offers a big reveal about just why this other Reed Richards wants Doom stopped. The reveal actually works quite well, and explains quite a bit without having to go into much depth. Much like S.H.I.E.L.D., this “Richards” has a definite agenda when it comes to stopping Victor von Doom. The question at the heart at this series has been whether or not Marvel’s biggest villain has a right at redemption. While not coming to a definite conclusion as to what he should be able to do, writer Brian Michael Bendis and and artist Alex Maleev state that Doom could (just maybe) become the kind of hero he wants given enough space and time.

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