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Concerning Invincible Iron Man and Daredevil….. May 14, 2008

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I, like everyone else who loved May 2nd’s Iron Man movie, have been swept up in Iron Man-ia. I’ve always been interested in his character, but now I want more. Because of this, I, once again like many others, am going to be picking up the new Invincible Iron Man series, written for this very purpose: to draw in the movie lovers. However, I really can’t afford a new ongoing right now, so picking it up will be at the expense of another series: namely Daredevil. Why? Well, while I may think Brubaker’s ending to the last arc may have been beautifully tragic and Daredevil is certainly an interesting character, I’m just not sure if I am interested enough in Daredevil to stick with him through the long run, especially since I’ve never been a huge fan of noir stories (a storyline here or there may be interesting, but I’m not sure I could read noir every month and maintain interest). On a business note, if anyone is interested in my small Daredevil collection (99-106 + 2007 Annual) it is on sale here on eBay. 😉

So why don’t I drop something that I don’t really enjoy, say Amazing Spider-Man? Well, I think the reasons detailed here give a pretty good summing up why I picked ASM back up to begin with, but as I also mentioned there, I am a “completist”, and since I have GitCorps’ “Complete Collection DVD-Rom”s of Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, and Uncanny X-Men, those are four titles that are never in danger of being dropped. Anything else I read, however, may be dropped at any time. Heck, I was originally going to drop Captain America after the “Death of Captain America” arc, which should be ending in the next few issues, but since I just ordered the Captain America by Brubaker Omnibus, I’m going to go ahead and stick around at least as long as Brubaker is in charge. On the other hand, I really don’t think I’m going to be picking anything else up in the coming months, and if I do it will be at the expense of something else. The only exception would be for a Silver Surfer ongoing, I’d make room for it somehow. This also goes for any new mini-series, I’m going to wait until TPB, with the exception of The Twelve and Secret Invasion, which I have already started. And speaking of TPBs, I’m going to pick up the World War Hulk TPB tomorrow, so you can expect a review at WCBR in a few days.

And speaking of WCBR ( 😉 ), I just thought I would explain something about my reviews there, as you may see reviews of issues in a mini, or occasionally reviews from a series I don’t read, that are written by me over there. This is because, through WCBR I am able to download advance digital copies of comics (this is legal, they have a deal with Marvel) in order to review them in advance. (Don’t worry, I delete them when I’m done. 😉 ) So through this, I’ll probably still read Daredevil and you may want to check over there for DD reviews. So why don’t I use this method to read Invincible Iron Man? Well, for reasons detailed above, IIM seems like a more interesting ongoing to invest money in than DD.

Now that I’ve ranted and babbled, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled program with a review of Secret Invasion #2 tomorrow…..

-LOTRKing

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Review of Amazing Spider-Man 559 (2 stars) May 13, 2008

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Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Please tell me I’m not the only one who hates the cover. The first time I ever saw a picture of it I made a sound like: “war-ahhh!” I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the cover just plain annoys me. I suppose it just way to looks anime-y and/or cartoony. Imagine my relief when I found out that the cover artist is not the interior artist. That was until I picked up the issue and saw that Spider-Man looked really feminine (especially around the eyes) and that the bodies were all oddly proportioned (especially the heads). I dunno, I may have preferred the cover artist to do the inside. And this is just the art.

When it comes to Avengers: The Initiative, Dan Slott is near genius, his Spider-Man, not so much. The story opens with a female villain (named Screwball of all things!) who streams her crimes live on the internet and who tries to escape Spidey before he shoots a tracer at her. Screwball, who believes what the papers say about the tracer killings, turns herself in to protect herself from death. And that’s it. We are introduced to a new villain, and five pages later she goes to jail. Unless she plays a bigger role later on (which I hope she doesn’t) her prescence here seemed completely pointless.

Later at the DB, Bennet tells Peter his photography style would be perfect for paparazzi photos and offers a huge sum for a pics of a visiting movie star, Bobby Carr (who seems to be modeled after Leonardo DiCaprio). Peter takes up the job, and sneaks into his private room to later take a picture of him hitting the room service woman. This is just yet another example of how OMD retconned his sense of responsibility. I’m in disbelief, he’s seriously using his “great powers” to take low-life paparazzi pictures? I’m on Aunt May’s side with this, this seems completely out of character. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear Pete was a Skrull (wouldn’t it be nice if that’s how they fixed OMD).

Shortly after this, it appears that the issue may get some redeeming as we meet a really creepy villain who appears to be able to turn invisible and flatten herself on a wall and has an extremely gothic look. (Not the annoying teen wannabe gothic look with pants covered in chains, she actually looks like she might have walked out of an Edgar Allen Poe poem.) I was almost an instant fan until we find out that she has an obsessive teengirl crush on Bobby Carr, and this seems to be her only driving motivation. Five bucks says she captures Carr, attempts to seduce him and Spider-Man will have to save him from her in the next two issues. Gosh, I’ve never read a story like that before. Well, except for the time that Pete and MJ’s landlord had an obsessive crush on MJ and Pete had to rescue her. Oh, or the fact that there was a similar story in almost every cheesy-drama cartoon I watched as a kid. Or the fact that such a story exists in many fairy tales. No, this is completely original. Please, please Slott, stick to the Initiative.

-LOTRKing

Review of Thor 8 (4.5 stars) May 12, 2008

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Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Sorry for this much delayed review (I was much delayed in getting this issue), but in terms of this issue, the wait was definitely worth it. Straczynski has proved once again that Thor might just be Marvel’s best ongoing. The story starts exactly where it left off with Odin telling his history to Thor. Here we learn Loki’s true origin: he was the son of a slain frost giant who Odin raised as his own in order to stop being haunted by Bor. Being new to Thor, I’m not sure if this was already known, I knew that Loki was only Thor’s half-brother, and that he was part frost giant, I’d just always assumed that Odin had had a “fling” with a frost giantess, but apparently not. As always, I’m not sure how much of this is pulled from Norse mythology and how much is modern, but Straczynski is able to craft a perfect merger of the two.

Next we see Donald in New York who has found Jane Foster. She had divorced when she heard rumors that Don was again among the living, and is insulted when Don’s first questions for her are about Sif. Later, they are able to reconcile, and we see that Jane is not the host of Sif’s spirit, and Don promises to return for Jane one day. We then learn the Sif has bonded with a frail dying woman on Jane’s floor, who is being kept hidden by Loki. (Argh! A knife in my hopeless romantic heart! I can’t wait until Thor finds out and beats the crap out of Loki. I also wonder whether this is part of Loki’s master plan with Dr. Doom, or a simple act of hatred toward Thor.)

The story cuts back to the netherworld where Odin informs Thor that the only thing keeping Surtur from returning to life is the eternal battle that Odin wages to keep him in the netherworld, therefore Odin, appreciative of Thor’s offer to return him to the world of the living, decides to remain fighting for eternity in order to protect the kingdom that Thor has rebuilt. On this day, Odin and Thor fight side by side to hold back Surtur and Thor finally comes to peace with the sacrifice of his father. Thor awakens from the Odinsleep, thus recalling Donald, and promises the Asgardians to work toward a better future. All in all, Straczynski and Djurdjevic have put together what I would call a masterpiece. This two part arc has been able to maintain an epic Norse flavor despite taking place in modern times. Of course, it helps the Djurdjevic is perfect in conveying all the flashback scenes, this man needs to illustrate some more epics. So I will definitely miss him come next issue, but I am also looking forward to Coipel’s return.

-LOTRKing

Review of Mighty Avengers 13 (4 stars) May 10, 2008

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Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This time around, it’s “Nick Fury Chronicles: Part Two,” and while both issues have been very interesting, I do hope they get back to Avengers soon, after all, that is the name of this book. In this issue we see Nick Fury set up a team to combat the Skrulls from a bunch of unknowns. His first recruit is Daisy Johnson, aka Quake, aka the girl that made Wolverine’s heart explode, who he convinces to help him in another secret mission. From there, he uses Daisy to do the recruiting.

Her first stop is Alexander, aka Phobos, son of Ares. This was probably my favorite part of the issue, as he seems to be the most interesting recruit. Ares is likely my favorite character from Mighty Avengers, and his son, so far unseen in Mighty Avengers, looks to be just as awesome, given his fear inducing powers. The only thing I’m wondering is what Ares will think of his own son joining a super-group, hopefully we won’t have to see Nick Fury face a god’s wrath.

The rest of the recruits are also children (or grandchildren) of superpowers, and though they are not mutants, they’ve inherited a portion of the forbearers powers. The other team members are: Yo Yo Rodriguez, daughter of the Griffin with super-speed powers, J.T., grandson of the Phantom Rider with fire manipulation (likely among other) powers, an unnamed person, the son of Dr. Druid with magic abilities, and lastly, another unnamed person who is bailed out of jail with neither his lineage nor powers revealed. Daisy also tried to recruit Layla Miller, but Layla told her that the mission would fail with her presence. The story ends with Nick Fury telling them that for the rest of their lives, they will follow his orders so that they can “save the world.” So while this is mostly a set up issue, the characters introduced are all insanely awesome, and the team looks extremely promising. Hopefully, they’ll appear in Secret Invasion as humanity’s last hope (we all know the Mighty and Secret Avengers are no match for the Skrulls. 😉 )

-LOTRKing

Review of Amazing Spider-Man 558 (3 stars) May 8, 2008

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Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

As mentioned here, this begins the return of the reviews of Amazing Spider-Man. This issue itself was actually a little odd. The first half I didn’t really enjoy, while the second half was quite entertaining. We start with Peter having nightmare about Freak, before later telling Aunt May his plans to get an apartment. He feels guilty about leaving her alone, and almost seems to regret his decision. Just another example of the wonderful world of Brand New Day, an at-the-very-least-twenty-five-year-old Peter Parker doesn’t want to move away from the home he grew up in. Remind me again how his character has improved? To add insult to injury, Aunt May is secretly happy about him moving out. Too bad we couldn’t hear the rest of her thoughts: “Finally, he’s going to grow up and move out again. If only he would’ve married that wonderful Mary Jane girl, his life would be so much better. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be…”

Later, we get another Spider-Blooper as Spidey gives his cell phone number to Doc Connors, and we are reassured that he has a prepaid plan, and therefore his name is not registered with that number. What about January, when Betty called him and reassured him that his shortness of minutes wasn’t a problem because she “was in his five”? No prepaid plan that I know of offers perks like that. Moving on, we get the first enjoyable scene as JJJ seemingly comes to realize what Marla did was truly for the best. Things turn south again as Peter tries to save Hollister from Goblin Rip-off 2.0. This is the blessing and curse of Spider-Man quips: when done well, they can be witty and remarkably memorable lines. When not done well, they can be cheesy, groan worthy, and annoying. Unfortunately in this scene, they were the latter.

Finally, Spider-Man decides to leave Menace in attempts to meet Dr. Connors at Freak’s location before he emerges from the cocoon. Like any good superhero tale, Spidey arrives just a fraction too late, and must confront this new, seemingly invincible, Freak. Here we finally get the smart Spidey witticisms, and a fun fight between the two. Of course, it helps that Freak is the only character I like in this Brand New World, his addictions to drugs is played so well that what should be a sad story is actually quite funny. Said drug addiction is what finally defeats him in the end, and Pete and Curt are able to put him in stasis. The final page shows multiple reactions to the Menace attack, and we finally see that Freak was not taken away by a Hazmat unit, but by a truck belonging to Oscorp, hinting that Freak will likely play a role in the upcoming Norman Osborn/Venom/Anti-Venom story. I think this issue further reinforced my feelings towards BND: I have no problem with several parts of the reboot, such as a the return of Harry and the de-unmasking, the parts that are just plain annoying are the loss of the marriage and the de-maturing and de-evolving of Peter’s character.

-LOTRKing

Review of All Star Superman: Free Comic Book Day 2008 (2.75 stars) May 7, 2008

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Overall rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Yes, that’s right, I’m reviewing a DC comic. No, you’re not dreaming. I actually picked this up for two reasons: one, it was free, two, despite the fact that I don’t read DC doesn’t mean that I am not interested in DC characters. I’ve read random DC issues from time to time (though never bought one) and they were mostly pretty good (though a little confusing of course, since I’m not big on current DC happenings). In fact, the main reason I don’t read DC is because I know that if I picked up just one series, I’d end up picking up several other series to help fill in the DC Universe “world picture” (just like I ended up doing for Marvel) and I don’t have the money to essentially double the amount of comics I am currently getting. (In fact, I’m going to be dropping a series that I read now to pick up another series, but I’ll give details next week).

So, let me reiterate: as much a “true Marvelite” as I claim to be, I still have respect for DC and the influence it has on modern comics, and if I had more money, I’d probably read DC (picking up a few more Marvels before starting DC of course. 😉 ) That said, in terms of a “Free Comic Book Day” comic, I think this issue did worse than X-Men: FCBD. As a stand-alone issue, it was pretty good, but I’ll touch on that in later. First let’s examine exactly what this is. It’s a reprint. Not something new or original created just for Free Comic Book Day, it’s a “free second printing.” I feel sorry for the majority of DC fans who probably already have this issue; they didn’t have anything to look forward to last Saturday. Second, its not really a “stand-alone issue,” it’s part one in a storyarc, and the only way to read the rest is to buy a trade paperback. I realize the purpose of FCBD is to draw in readers, but leaving us cheapskates with a cliff hanger? If they really wanted to draw in more readers, they should have put out a “Final Crisis” prologue that got people pumped up for the story, but still remained an individual issue.

All that aside, the actual issue itself wasn’t too bad. From what I understand, DC’s “All Star” imprint is akin to Marvel’s “Ultimate” imprint. Though this issue seemed to set up a series more like “Superman: The End” rather than “Ultimate Superman.” Especially since they did not push the reset button on Superman’s origin, they took the same route, and at some point in time, “All Star” history must have deviated from “DC Universe” history. Indeed, it seems that we have jumped right into the middle of a storyarc instead of the beginning, as the story seems to be already going. (Though by the end, we get a fairly good explanation of what was happening.) The issue opens with Superman rescuing scientists from the first manned spacecraft to the Sun, which was sabotaged by an agent of Lex Luthor. In doing so, he absorbs too much solar radiation and his cells, too energized, begin to break down which will lead to his eventual death. Back on Earth, Luthor revels at his final triumph over Superman, even as he is rearrested. And Clark finally (can I really say finally as this is the first issue?) decides to reveal his identity to Lois.

So as I said, a fairly interesting issue, the writing was clear, and the art was extremely well done. Still, it is hard to keep it out of context as being a simple reprint given away for free. So, in terms of actual scores, as an individual issue, it gets 3.5 stars, but as a FCBD comic it gets 2 stars, therefore, an average of 2.75.

-LOTRKing

Review of Marvel Adventures: Free Comic Book Day 2008 (3 stars) May 6, 2008

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Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I won’t lie; I was entertained by this book. When I picked it up on Saturday, I knew full well that it was a “kids comic,” but I figured “eh, it’s Marvel, why not?” Having only read one issue of a “Marvel Adventures” comic before (the MA:FF that premiered MA Silver Surfer), I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Yes, it was a little cheesy at parts, but it never took itself too seriously, so all cheesiness was purposeful, and usually somewhat funny.

So what happened to make it so entertaining? Well, the story starts in Peru with a team up of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, and Ant-Man (an interesting team up in and of itself, just swap Spidey for Thor and you almost have the original Avengers) who are facing the Mandarin who has ten magic rings. (I’m not a huge Iron Man/Mandarin history buff, so I’m assuming these rings are the “Ten Rings” referred to recently in the Iron Man movie?) Anyway, these four fight against Mandarin, and Ant-Man is eventually able to get his ants to steal three rings before Mandarin teleports away and accidentally takes the ants with him. Ant-Man’s equipment is damaged, so Spidey, Hulk, and Iron Man are left to track down the Mandarin and eventually come to an ancient Incan temple with giant ants (It’s them! IT’S THEM! Sorry, really old school horror movie moment.) who confuse these Avengers for friends of Mandarin. Iron Man, using Ant-Man’s technology and looking purposefully utterly ridiculous, is able to convince these ants that they are enemies of Mandarin (and Hulk starts playing with one like a giant puppy, ROFL!) before Mandarin invades trying to steal the immortality-granting statue that the ants were guarding. Eventually the three heroes are able to defeat him, and recover all ten rings.

So, the story itself wasn’t too spectacular, but it seemed exactly like the plot of a Silver Age Marvel comic, right down to the jesting amongst the characters (not to mention the adjective-filled title page, we Marvelites love us some adjectives!) So, while neither mature nor exactly gripping and suspenseful storytelling, this issue was just a piece of (somewhat childish) fun. Would I have paid for this issue had it not been free? Probably not. But am I glad I picked it up? Of course, free entertainment is the best kind. 😉

-LOTRKing

Review of X-Men: Free Comic Book Day 2008 (2.5 stars) May 5, 2008

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XMFCBD2008

Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This was my first “Free Comic Book Day” comic, and overall it wasn’t too bad, though it could have been better. One complaint that I want to start out with though is the fact that this was an X-Men comic. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against the X-Men, but you would think that the day after a huge Marvel movie premiered, Marvel would try to rope in more customers by offering a free Iron Man comic, instead of a comic about an X-Man that non-comic readers have probably never heard of. I realize that Invincible Iron Man 1, premiering on Wednesday, is their try to draw in more customers. But say that they offered a free Iron Man one shot the day after the premier, and then included an ad for IIM 1, wouldn’t you think that it would be better marketing? Even deciding to do an X-Men comic, of all the famous characters to choose from, why the relatively unknown Pixie? I guess what I’m trying to say is I would have expected a FCBD comic to be something that non-comic readers would be really interested in, in attempts to draw them into the world of comics. (That’s okay, DC didn’t do a good job on that front either, I’ll touch on that on Wednesday.)

All complaints aside, this issue itself was fairly well put together. As mentioned earlier, the story focuses mainly on Pixie who has moved back to Wales after the dissolution of the X-Men. She is having troubles adapting back to “normal” school and we learn that several people from her hometown have gone missing. Because of this, she attempts to reach the X-Men in New York, but there is no answer. Shortly after this, she saves two children on a playground from monsters (called the N’Gari) that only she can see. The monsters escape, and she chases them through town before tracking them down and killing them with her soul dagger. Later, she surveys the city and sees that the monsters are everywhere before being attacked by them. The X-Men, who received her message, show up in the nick of time to help her take them on.

Apparently, the X-Men have faced the N’Gari before, because they recognize them and Pixie tells the rest of the X-Men that they are trying to free their lord and are sustaining him by feeding him people from the city. (Which oddly enough, Pixie doesn’t seem to distraught about, her only remark is that it is “gross.”) The X-Men enter the abandoned mines where the N’Gari have been hiding, and engage the colony before Pixie is able to trick the N’Gari lord into collapsing the already weakened supports and teleporting the X-Men out before the cave in occurs. Once out of harm’s way, Cyclops informs Pixie that Xavier’s school has reopened and that she is invited to return, and she accepts.

A few more complaints, I realize that Pixie’s character is young, bubbly, and very “teen-girl-ish,” but there were a few moments (especially on the last page) where this was just plain annoying, it could have been written better and/or toned down. Also, as I mentioned earlier, unless I misunderstood, the missing people from the town were being eaten by a demon lord. It feels like there should have been a much more emotional reaction to this. Complaints aside, the art was spectacular and the scenes of Pixie kicking butt were awesome and the story wasn’t continuity heavy and therefore exists well as a stand-alone issue. So, while this may not have been the issue for new comics readers to pick up, at least it wasn’t the worst.

-LOTRKing

Review of Avengers: The Initiative 12 (4.5 stars) May 3, 2008

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ATI12

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This issue brings a fulfilling end to the first act of Avengers: The Initiative and ties up most of the loose ends. The story opens with the cadets preparing for Trauma’s funeral and the staff preparing for the court hearing to explain the recent tragedies. Gyrich does most of the talking during the hearing, and deflects or denies most of Iron Man’s accusations. Meanwhile, some of the Initiative members present Dragon Lord’s ashes to his family, while Ant-Man and Taskmaster make some funny, albeit insensitive, remarks on the side.

Back at Trauma’s funeral, we learn that Thor Girl has healed from her wounds before we get the major surprise of the issue as Trauma “wakes up.” This isn’t just a case of mistaken death either, as Komodo points out, as he has even been through autopsy and embalming. While some miraculous “rebirths” can be annoying, this one was pleasing in two ways. One, I just really liked the character, so I’m glad we’ll get to see more development. Two, this presents yet another mystery that will (hopefully) be solved in the coming issues.

Later, as Nightwing presents Purple Hearts to those severely injured during the KIA incident, we meet a new doctor with transparent skin. As far as I know, this is a new character, and I am certainly interested in learning his story. (I suppose he could always be a mutant, but after M-Day this is unlikely.) Returning to the hearing, we learn that Ultragirl has abandoned the New Warriors to return to the Initiative, and that the New Warriors will remain as a team to keep tabs on the Initiative, though they will do this legally, as they are all licensed.

Finally, everyone’s fate is revealed as Gyrich is forced to retire from the Initiative, and the cadets all graduate from the Initiative, except for Trauma who decides to remain and figure out exactly what has happened with his “resurrection.” We learn see that Cloud 9 gets stationed in Montana, and the final shot is that of her doing her “job” and saving civilians, along with the rest of Montana’s Initiative team, from a burning building. All in all, this issue was a great conclusion and if the series were cancelled right now, while I’d be saddened, I’d at least be happy with the degree of closure. That said, this series will continue, and I’m looking forward to what the new batch of recruits will bring and learning the secrets of Trauma, Mutant Zero, and the new doctor. Really, the only thing I will miss is Cloud 9, as she was my favorite character, but I’m sure she, along with Hardball, Komodo, Ultragirl, and the other graduating recruits will appear again.

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-LOTRKing

Review of Iron Man (5 stars) May 1, 2008

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Iron Man

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Iron Man is an action filled spectacle that will leave you begging for more. The movie opens with a bang (quite literally), as Tony experiences the explosion that will change his life within the first few minutes of the movie. After quickly showing that he has been kidnapped by Middle-Eastern terrorists, the movie jumps back in time 36 hours to show the audience who Tony Stark is, and why he was in Afghanistan in the first place. This flashback gives a humorous view into the arrogance and “jerkiness” that is Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. plays this part so well that you can’t help but love this egotistical jerk, instead of loathing him (which we all probably would if we were to meet him). Here we also meet the supporting characters Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, Obadiah Stane, and Jarvis (who is now a computer program).

As the movie catches back up to the present we learn that Dr. Yinsen has saved Tony’s life by installing an electromagnet in his chest, which is keeping the shrapnel from entering his heart, and he will therefore need it for the rest of his life. Together, he and Tony are commanded to build a Jericho missile (a new powerful missile invented by Tony earlier) or face death. The two agree, but secretly work on building the Mark One armor. With the explosion within the first five minutes of the movie, and the first donning of the Iron Man armor a little over a half hour after that, this movie is certainly not one to make the audience wait. Once the armor is finished, the two escape and the terrorist compound is destroyed, but not before Yinsen is killed in the attempt by the terrorists. Tony tries to fly away, but does not get too far before his armor fails and he crashes in the desert, leaving behind the pieces of the now broken suit, he walks into the desert before later being found by U.S. helicopters.

Once back in America, he vows that Stark Industries will no longer construct weapons, and later learns that Stark Industries has been making weapons deals “under the table” with several terrorist cells, including the one he was captured by. With the economic ramifications of his earlier pledge, Obadiah is left trying to explain to the rest of the company how they are still going to make profits. Tony meanwhile, improves his original designs on his armor through many humorous scenes of trial and error, and decides to use it to destroy all of his weapons that are in the hands of terrorists. The scene showing this is pure nonstop action, as he first takes on the terrorists personally (also showing that Tony is not afraid to kill) before taking on tanks, and finally as he leaves the now liberated village, he must escape from Air Force jets who have mistaken him for a hostile weapon.

As hints of a future romance are shown between Tony and Pepper, we learn that Obadiah was the one who was dealing with the terrorists and that he hired them to kill Tony. Obadiah steals the remnants and blue prints of the Mark One armor from the terrorists to design his own Iron Monger armor. When Pepper learns of this by stealing the information from Obadiah’s computer, the movie enters its final act as Pepper, along with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, attempt to arrest Obadiah, who then enters the Iron Monger armor to take them down. Iron Man enters to save the day, and we get an epic downtown brawl, reminiscent of last years’ Transformers, between the two. Iron Man, of course ends up winning, and this leads to mass media’s knowledge of his existence. Later, Tony calls a press conference, and, with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D., decides to cover up any ties between himself and Iron Man, only to change his mind halfway through and reveal the truth: “I am Iron Man.” Cue credits. This was the perfect and unexpected ending to the movie, leaving the door wide open for a sequel, but if this wasn’t enough, we still have the scene after the credits. Here, Tony enters his house to find Nick Fury (in the form of Samuel L. Jackson, no less!) who wants to talk about the “Avengers Initiative,” opening up to a whole different kind of “sequel.” Overall, this movie was absolutely pleasing, as both a comics fan and a movie fan. This is potentially (though I will need more time to decide) the best superhero film yet, and is a definite must no matter what kind of movies you like.

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-LOTRKing