I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got three new comics plus a trade paperback collection:

  • Flashpoint – 3
  • World of Flashpoint – 2
  • Rocketeer Adventures – 2
  • Northlanders Volume 5: Metal and Other Stories
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    “The Invincible Iron Man: Stark Resilient Book 2” By Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca

    I almost stopped buying these Iron Man volumes but here I am back for another one. I almost regretted buying this because I wasn’t too fond of the opening part of this book. The reason was mostly the artwork but I found the story a little thin too.

    I haven’t been a fan of Larroca’s art in this comic but it’s been good enough not to drive me away. With this volume it almost drove me away. There seemed to be a lot more clumsily drawn talking heads in almost empty rooms. Throughout the entire book whenever anyone is indoors, and that’s often, they are in a barren room. hardly any decor, decoration, or furniture exists in this world. It’s really distracting. At the end of the book when there was more action the art was better. Larroca does a decent action sequence and it’s easy to fill the page with rubble, energy crackle, and cut and paste killer drones.

    I generally like the writing on this book but sometimes it’s a little thin. Not much happens at times. The plot isn’t making a whole lot of sense to me either. Tony Stark wants to get out of the weapons game and instead use his technology to give the world cheap energy. The family of his arch rival, the Stanes, want to take Stark’s place as weapons dealer to the world. That’s easy enough since Stark doesn’t want that job anymore but the Stanes also want Stark humiliated and disgraced. So they build there own superhero/villain (I’m not sure which) to embarrass Stark. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    The book does have some good visuals, exciting moments, and fun writing. It’s just not consistent. I think that’s the best way I can describe the Fraction/Larroca run on Iron Man: fun but inconsistent. The inconsistency is what makes me unsure if I should continue with Iron Man but the fun has me coming back.