Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Good fun--Invincible Iron Man #501
When an enemy of Spider-Man takes on Tony Stark, what does a clash of geniuses look like? It looks pretty fun.
In this issue Matt Fraction has some more great dialogue, advances the plot about Tony Starks plans to make repulsor-powered technology, and has some great scenes between he and Dr. Octopus. It seems the ol' doc and he go way back (as shown in some well illustrated scenes by Salvador Larroca, who is able to alter his drawing style well throughout the comic for both scenes in the past and present), and they don't exactly get along. This causes the evil doctor to challenge Stark to fix his terminal illness or simply admit he can't do anything--with either option resulting in Dr. Octopus disabling a huge bomb and letting a friend being held hostage go. I like the twist that for Stark to assure everyone's safety he only has to admit he can't do anything, but with his ego he can't help but try and cure our villain of his almost certain death. It shows how Stark is both smart and full of himself.
3.5 out of 5 stars.