Iron Man

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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Infamous Iron Man #10

by Alan Rapp on August 3, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #10 comic reviewMothers and sons. Infamous Iron Man #10 picks up events with Victor von Doom spending some time outside this dimension recuperating from his time with S.H.I.E.L.D. The fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempted to murder a helpless prisoner has been quickly forgotten as the Thing is sent after Doctor Doom to finish the job Doom’s mother prevented from happening aboard the Hellicarrier.

Admittedly distrustful of the creature claiming to be his mother, it still takes nearly the entire comic for Doom to get the woman to slip-up. Now things can get interesting. However, before the slip, Cynthia does get Victor to reveal a bit about his larger plans as Iron Man.

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Infamous Iron Man #9

by Alan Rapp on July 6, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #9 comic reviewFollowing Doom‘s bizarre vision, the former super-villain turned would-be hero is arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. If that wasn’t enough, a few agents decide it’s better that the tranquilized prisoner never wake up at all.

One of the strengths about the comic so far is the shift in dichotomy of its characters. Marvel’s most-recognized super-villain is a hero and S.H.I.E.L.D. is actively attempting to stop him from doing good (and even attempting to kill him now and again). The arrival of Doom’s mother, whose true intentions are still unclear, certainly complicates matters even further. What is she really after?

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Infamous Iron Man #8

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #8Infamous Iron Man #8 offers us a confrontation of two would-be Iron Men. Tracking Doctor Doom back to Latveria, Riri Williams is surprised by not finding a fight waiting for her but a talk with a weary former villain attempting to make good. I’ll credit writer Brian Michael Bendis for offering something different other than the “make ’em fight then work things out” you expect to see in just such an encounter. Instead Risi is completely thrown off by Doom’s stance and his vision of the future.

While I’m still not super-excited with the evil Mirror, Mirror version of Reed Richards being the looming threat for Victor von Doom to deal with, Reed’s evil doppelganger does incentivize the Thing to take down Doom for good. The problem is, Ben should immeadiately know something is wrong with Reed merely by what he’s asking. I’ll let this play out a little more before I come down too hard on this plotline, but I’m far from sold.

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