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Review of Invincible Iron Man 1 (4 stars) May 17, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews.
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Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As I mentioned here (second one down), this series serves one purpose, to bring in all the new Iron Man fans from the movie and to keep them reading. And as I far as I am concerned, it worked perfectly. The story opens in Africa, maintaining the international feel of the movie, with a suicide bombing by three boys who appear to have biologically integrated Iron Man technology. Iron Man soon finds out about the attack (at a very “inopportune” time for himself and a lady) and puts S.H.I.E.L.D. into full investigation mode. He learns that A.G.M. (an A.I.M. splinter group) may have information and assembles a strike team.

Meanwhile, we see that Ezekiel Stane, son of Obadiah (another great nod to the movie), has “upgraded” his own body with cybernetic implants and that he has found a way decrease the amount of caloric energy that his body expends on basic functions. He uses this newfound power to slaughter a board of executives from a tobacco company and escapes by jumping out the window. Later, he meets up with his girlfriend and accomplice, named Sasha, and it is revealed that he was behind the attack in Africa. So far, he looks to be a very interesting villain: younger, more advanced, and possibly even smarter than Stark. This allows the issue to play perfectly as a companion to the movie and almost feels as though it could be the sequel (if not for the continuity differences between the two).

Finally, we see Stark contact Rhodes, who thinks the attack may have been armor-related. Tony, fearing the worst, is in denial and he examines his list of other “armored” people in the Marvel U and knows that none could have done this. We then get a quick and humorous scene between Pepper and Tony before Tony attacks the A.G.M. group and finally learns that the attack was indeed from an armor more powerful than his own. As I said, there are so many instances where Fraction remains conscious of the new readers from the movie while maintaining an extremely entertaining story, that it is impossible not to like this issue. Likewise, Larroca’s art is perfect for the story and maintains a very cinematic feel throughout. This was all around a spectacular issue, if you loved the movie, you should pick this up, no knowledge of Iron Man’s previous history required.

-LOTRKing

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