The first of Marvel's ".1" issues, this time featuring Iron Man, Wolverine's son causing trouble, Green Arrow sucking a bit less, and one dollar for some snazzy Ashley Wood art.
The Invincible Iron Man #500.1
Essentially all the time is spent re-capping Tony Stark's past for new readers, as he narrates it for us at a meeting for Alcoholics. Of course, his narration's mild manner and the outlandish images that only we the reader see so as to understand what he is really referring to is a neat trick on writer Matt Fractions part with the help of artist Salvador Larroca. Plus, there is a good bit at the end that shows even though Tony may have stopped drinking, that hasn't stopped him from other self-destructive behavior (he sure does love the ladies). If you're completely new to Iron Man this issue might be helpful, but for the rest of us it is pretty much a retread of what we already know. In other words, a very well done issue, but not particularly interesting for those of us up-to-date on Iron Man's history.
3 out of 5 stars.
Daken: Dark Wolverine #5
Man, Daken is just one cold fellow, but as another character points out, he is pretty much just always wearing a mask--with mask being both his literal costume and the personality he portrays in his attempts to be seductive and mysterious to other individuals. Another one of his plots are coming to fruition and I'll be darned if I'm not kind of cheering for him to succeed even though he can be one evil son of a gun. In other words, this was a fun time, although we have to wait for the next issue for a pay-off to this build-up.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Green Arrow #8
A bit better than the last issue, but not enjoyable so much as an excuse to bring in the demon character Etrigan and slowly advance the plot. Is it bad if I don't really remember anything other than the character Poison Ivy showing up and people leaving her alone because she is being peaceful? I mean really, a crazed murderer is left alone while standing in the open because she is mellow around the magic forest? Odd. Step your game up J.T. Krul, step it up.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
Zombies VS Robots #1 (Hundred Penny Press Special)
I own the books for this and the one with the Amazons, but it is fun to see it again in comic form at just a dollar for people who are curious about the series, or feel like spending a dollar for some nice Ashley Wood art. Enjoyable stuff.
4 out of 5 stars.