Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mini-Run Review: Invincible Iron Man #25-33

Invincible Iron Man #25-33
The 9-part "Stark Resilient" was quite the story arc! Do I mean that in a good or bad way? Read on...

Let's get this out of the way, 9 issues for this arc was a bit much, when some of the earlier more talky-issues could have been compressed down to a point where this became 6 or 7 issues. To be fair, all that set up in the first 5 parts (#25-29) helps make the action-packed moments pay-off in parts 6-9 (#30-33). Basically Tony Stark is engaging in a battle of wits and tech-skills with Justine and Sasha Hammer (the daughter and granddaughter of his deceased rival Justin Hammer):
This back-and-forth between Stark and  the Hammers involves sabotage, a crazy scene between Stark and Sasha Hammer in issue 30 where you aren't sure if they're going to kiss or kill each other, and a whole bunch of awesome explosions. Matt Fraction continues to write a great Tony Stark and Salvador Larroca turns in some solid artwork as always. Tony's friends Pepper Pots and Jim Rhodes get some good moments in too, and the introduction of a new enemy for Tony--Detroit Steel--is pretty neat also.
Overall this was a great arc after the somewhat dull previous one (Stark Disassembled) and I would recommend starting with this Arc if you haven't yet been reading Invincible Iron Man--and if you haven't been, why not? It's great! Also, you could wait for the big upcoming issue, #500, which I'm sure will be a great jumping-on point.
4 out of 5 stars.
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 5: Stark Resilient, Book 1 for the slightly slower beginning issues.
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 6: Stark Resilient, Book 2 for when things kick into gear and get exciting.

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