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Four scans from Invincible Iron Man #19.

First, having repossessed that drive (which we still don't know the nature of; this is even called attention to when Natasha asks Hill what's on it, and Hill says she never asked), Black Widow and Maria Hill make their way out of Stark Tower (why hasn't Norman renamed that?).  However, some guys turn out to be blocking their way.



Elsewhere, after his tech support attempts to redirect him to Pakistan while Tony flies to Dubai, Norman finally catches up and beats the shit out of him.  However, the news media is alerted to this, which means Norman doesn't get to murder him, to his disappointment.





Given how cavalier Norman has been throughout this arc about breaking the laws, I at first wasn't sure why he'd be expected to follow it in this case, but since they've just had a Stark-related PR disaster, I suppose it wouldn't do to have him mysteriously die in custody (and, also, Fraction's been building a lot on the idea that most of HAMMER's infrastructure is residual from SHIELD, and thus not just a bunch of evil minions).

A decent finale, overall, to an arc that had a lot of good parts but suffered from being at least a third longer than it needed to be.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thandrak.insanejournal.com
We know what's on the hard drive. That's trivial!

It's time for a little hypervelocity.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarodrussell.insanejournal.com
Please don't drag Tony 2.0 into this mess.

I still have fond memories of that Iron Man.

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Date: 2009-10-21 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thandrak.insanejournal.com
Oh, and finally, we get to say it.

Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind? Can he walk at all, or if he moves, will he fall? Is he alive or dead? Has he thoughts within his head?

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Date: 2009-10-21 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-nerk.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
No, he knows exactly where it is*; he's probably blind; no, he cannot walk; he is, technically, alive; and no, they all appear to be elsewhere.

*Well, technically, he doesn't "know" where it is, since he's got no thoughts in his head. It is, however, exactly where he left it.

Date: 2009-10-22 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pensive1.insanejournal.com
Your comment just restored my faith in humanity. Scans_daily, ilu forever.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] va1tyr.insanejournal.com
All right, I've hated this whole arc, but I cackled at 'Doctor Donald Blake'. Oh Tony. That's - oh man. That's totally in character for Tony.

Also I like the photo background behind the Helicarrier.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sherkahn.insanejournal.com
"Who the hell is Dr. Donald Blake?"

Oh, no, Norman. That is a question you do not want answered. The answer make come to you in terrible Thunder.

I guess this sets up Seige.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeyl.insanejournal.com
*Looking at the First Page with Maria Hill*

Hmm. I'll take "What you'll never see in Star Trek ever again" for $300.

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Date: 2009-10-21 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlbarnett.insanejournal.com
I bet you could see it in the next movie.

Take that crazy lady from TOS that stole Kirk's body and give her a ship due to the numbers problem Starfleet is having. Retcon the women can't be captains plot from that ep. Instead of "women can't be captains" it's "women can't captain five year first contact missions due to the unknown societies they encounter" They just get to do the boring stuff after some first contact mission with a female captain led to an attack on a landing party because the society they met with didn't respect that.

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Date: 2009-10-21 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mullon.insanejournal.com
Yeah! It was much better when you were clowns for her!

Date: 2009-10-21 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unknownscribler.insanejournal.com
Of course it is -- it was obviously her intention to make sure Bucky got to wear the blue long johns instead of Steve.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brandiweed.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Norman seems incongruously pretty.

Date: 2009-10-22 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
I read that as "incongruously petty" and immediately thought, "no, he's ALWAYS been that." Also, insane.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thokstar.insanejournal.com
That deaf, dumb, and blind Tony sure plays some real hardball.

Date: 2009-10-21 08:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stolisomancer.insanejournal.com
Well, you knew he was a techno wizard. There had to be a twist.

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Date: 2009-10-21 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arilou_skiff.insanejournal.com
Okay, Fraction has been shit thus far, but "Who the Hell is "Doctor Donald Blake"?!"

I think that's the first CMOA of the title.

Date: 2009-10-21 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarodrussell.insanejournal.com
It's fitting that this and ComicBulletin's review (http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/125604480521925.htm) associate Tony being brain dead with a superb finale.

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Can Larroca leave the title now?

Date: 2009-10-21 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzypom.insanejournal.com
Yes, I agree, the arc went on at least three issues too long. But hey, Fraction and co won an Eisner ¬_¬. What do we know? ¬_¬

Re: Can Larroca leave the title now?

Date: 2009-10-21 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzypom.insanejournal.com
As ever, the book's artwork is strong, with Salvador Larroca's linework striking a perfect balance between bold character designs and realistic detail. His slick shots of Norman Osborn in action as the Iron Patriot are particularly impressive (I love the little touches of detail that he adds to his work, such as the shot that shows the back panels of Norman's suit opening as he applies the brakes in mid-air), and there's a down-and-dirty quality to the climactic fight between Osborn and Stark that brings Fraction's script to life perfectly. Finally, Frank D'Armata's delicate colours are the icing on the cake, providing atmospheric touches that sell the tone of the story expertly: for example, the dark shadow that falls over Norman as he's forced to compromise his victory, or the sun setting on the H.A.M.M.E.R. helicarrier as the book's final twist undermines Osborn's empire just that little bit further.

Are we looking at the same art work here? The entire art team... well, the work has been subpar ever since Larroca and co came on the book. Yuck.

Image (http://s10.photobucket.com/albums/a116/jazzypom/?action=view&current=fail.gif)

Date: 2009-10-21 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starwolf_oakley.insanejournal.com
Tony Stark isn't Bruce Wayne, but he almost always has a plan. If there's some way he could go through all this and (a) come out alive and whole and (b) keep the secret IDs safe from Norman, he would have done it. Even Matt Fraction said there was a reason Tony hadn't thrown himself into a volcano (IIRC).

Stark Tower (why hasn't Norman renamed that?).

This might sound odd, but maybe Norman had some respect or admiration for Howard Stark, which is why he didn't rename Stark Tower. Before he went "Goblin Formula Gonzo," Howard Stark was Norman's role model in business. Just an idea.

Finally, the SHRA Database is gone? This isn't exactly "handwaving" CIVIL WAR, but it's close.

Date: 2009-10-21 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarodrussell.insanejournal.com
Tony Stark isn't Bruce Wayne, but he almost always has a plan.

But since when have any of Tony's "Plan A's" worked like a Xanatos Gambit? Tony never accurately anticipates his opponents correctly, he survives because he reacts far better than they can imagine. This is, by far, more like a Black Panther plan than a Tony Stark plan.

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Date: 2009-10-21 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manofbats.insanejournal.com
I'm kind of confused as to why Norman Osborne expected to know who Tony's physician was.

Date: 2009-10-21 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neuhallidae.insanejournal.com
In Marvelverse, all rich people go to the same doctors? Otherwise, I got nothing.

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Date: 2009-10-21 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kd_the_movie.insanejournal.com
SOOOOO GLAD I DROPPED THIS BOOK.

What a shitty ending. No fulfilling conclusion at all. Ties directly into Stark Disassembled (which is probably going to be a six parter) meaning you have to get 18 issues just to get any significant progression from The Five Nightmares.

Date: 2009-10-21 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cygna_hime.insanejournal.com
Oh, Tony. Figures you have to be brain dead to get your character back. Because of course you'd give Thor the ultimate authority over whether the plug gets pulled or not, no matter how much he hates you right now.

However, I have a feeling Tony's supposed to have a plan beyond "my most complete and dramatic self-destruction yet", and this does not quite fly for me. This is Tony we're talking about. Plan A is almost always "dramatic heroic suicide", followed by a quickly-improvised Plan B if and only if Plan A fails or is shot down by his friends. Since Plan A seems to have gone off without a hitch, I look on the existence of Plan B with suspicion.

Thank the fates it's over at last.

Date: 2009-10-22 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pensive1.insanejournal.com
And we all know, as Henry Hellrung famously said, "Tony's always loved Thor."

Date: 2009-10-22 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lieut_kettch.insanejournal.com
Now shall Norman Osborne feel the booted foot of the Odinson rammed up his fundament!

Date: 2009-10-24 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01d55.insanejournal.com
So it seems pretty obvious that the mysterious hard drive is a back up to restore Tony's brain.

My take on the plan isn't that it's a Xanatos gambit so much as it is a gamble - Tony didn't actually know that Osborn wouldn't just kill his vegetative body but it was worth a shot.

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