Iron Man

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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Infamous Iron Man #6

by Alan Rapp on April 4, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #6 comic  reviewWhile Infamous Iron Man #6 doesn’t attempt to explain the bizarre reveal that Cynthia von Doom is alive, and apparently involved with Reed Richards, the comic series’ latest issue does offer a glimpse into the past of Doom, Richards, and Ben Grimm. Given the unburdened character striving for redemption we’ve seen in action over the past few issues, this is a sobering reminder of who Doom used to be.

Following the trend of the comic so far, we see Doom pay a visit to a former ally in the Wizard. His attempt to take the villain down also brings in S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sharon Cater (who fares no better than Maria Hill did in stopping Victor von Doom).

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Infamous Iron Man #5

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2017

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Infamous Iron Man #5 comic reviewI’ll admit I’m a bit lost as to what’s happening here. Here’s what we know: Doctor Doom has taken over the role of Iron Man. S.H.I.E.L.D. sent the Thing to find and take down the former super-villain turned hero. Discovering Ben Grimm went to Latveria in search of his prey, Doom returns home to the country he once ruled with an iron fist only to discover… his mother? What is going on?

For those that don’t know, Cynthia von Doom has been long dead, damned to eternal torment by Mephisto (who Doom once battled against for her soul). And now… she’s back. And she was sent by Reed Richards who appears to be intimate with her? Seriously, WTF is going on?

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Infamous Iron Man #2

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2016

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Infamous Iron Man #2Doctor Doom‘s stint as the new Iron Man continues here with the reformed villain paying a visit to another former associate. As with the first issue where Doom confronted Diablo, in Infamous Iron Man #2 Victor von Doom confronts the Mad Thinker. When his associate refuses to see the world through Doom’s new hero-colored lenses, the two fight out their issues.

Along with Doom targeting another villain, the second issue of the new series also features the Thing hunting down the Fantastic Four villain in methods that don’t befit an Avenger or member of the Fantastic Four (including busting his way into the sovereign soil of the Latverian embassy and demanding to see Doom). Sadly, we’ll have to wait until the next issue to see how these former associates work out their issues. (I’m just guessing here, but I’m not expecting them to work over their issues over coffee).

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