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ComicBookResources has the new title, as Nathan Dayspring Summers returns to action, and has his own squad behind him again.

Most of us will not be happy about it.

Where is the science?  )
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So for the last few issues, Tony Stark has been working FOR the Mandarin. Because Stark has plans within plans, and he also has trust issues.

One of those is revealed.

SPOILERS.

Didn't see it coming.  )
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Greetings True Believers!

Fear Itself rages, Paris is crushed and Iron Man needs help.

So he turns to Odin and his own oldest skill.

Tony needs to make some weapons.



(Even in Asgard, they must adhere to OSHA standards!)

Read more... )
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I've already posted about Tony Stark's AA meeting and Drinking in Matt Fraction's Marvel work.

It seems that, as part of Fear Itself and Iron Man's involvement in the horrors of Fear Itself in Paris, these scenes might be important going forwards.

Fear Itself: Iron Man has actually been a good story. It's definitely better than the main event itself, which has been largely underwhelming.

As a brief rundown, Tony travels to Paris to take on one of the worthy who used to be the Grey Gargoyle.
As a longer rundown... )
Yes, it's going to be interesting.

Especially when we can look forward to Odin watching Tony in a molten hot jacuzzi )
Very interesting.
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So yeah, it's the End of the Big Epic Battle issue, where the Status Quo Will Never Be the Same!, which in Thor-land means it must be Tuesday. Thor broody Odin snarky Loki snotty World Tree fungi nasty boom de yada boom de yada...look a double page spread oh look another double page spread wow these double page spreads make picking just four pages tough boom de yada boom de yada...

But we do get one cryptic page with a beloved minor character.

Words that jangle in your head )

I'm finding that rather ominous myself. Thoughts, Thor fans?
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Still working my way through my back catalog and just finished the latest Iron Man. The reason I started buying the series is because of Fraction's plots and Larroca's pencils. They made me actually care about Tony Stark. And the latest issue is just as outstanding as their previous efforts. Click on the cut to see the awesomeness of the interaction between Otto Octavius and Tony Stark. Yep. Somehow Fraction manages to deliver a coherent premise involving Iron Man and Dr. Octopus.

Peter Parker never made Octavius this mad. )
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Last month Invincible Iron Man 500.1 came out and was ... an odd one. I found it a good introduction to a character that I already knew. I'm not sure how effective the story would have been for introducing new fans to where Tony Stark is now and how he got there. It's possibly worth reading my Drinking in LA post for a rundown of the use of alcohol in Fraction's IIM run.

Fraction said in an interview with John Siuntres that the hook for him in writing Iron Man was that Tony Stark was an alcoholic who didn't go to meetings. As he's taken Iron Man apart and put him back together, those meetings have played something of an important role

My name's Tony and I'm an alcoholic )

I liked this because Fraction has a really good way of writing concisely and getting ideas across with an economy of words that just works.

However, I'm not sure that new readers would be able to understand all of the events and ideas being put across. It's still quite vague and would be more like a starter for reading up on Iron Man than a book to get you caught up on Iron Man's history. It's also not that good at pointing out which bits are in the distant past and which pieces are current and relevant to the ongoing story.

If you're an Iron Man reader, or a Fraction fan, I'd recommend it to you.
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Invincible Iron Man's been liking to do that, and to keep on; post-500's seeing a focus on Stark Resilient's work in rebuilding Broxton post-Siege, which'll most likely continue through Fear Itself.

But that doesn't come calling until #503, so what's Tony to face other than the travails of futurist civil engineering in #501-502?

The former's solicit promises a "..familiar threat [from] other corners of the Marvel Universe.."

The latter's is obviously more explicit, but let's just say Spidey's role in #500 is opposite to the fellow's.. )
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So last time I posted a morsel by Liefeld and Liefeld... sorry, Liefeld and Nicieza. It was obviously, eye-searingly bad. This time, the badness is much more insidious.

So insidious that when I first read these issues, I didn't even realize it. )
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Every now and then, I listen to the Word Balloon podcast. It's pretty low down on the list of comic podcasts to listen to (behind IGN when it comes out, iFanboy and House to Astonish) and even further back on the list of podcasts overall, but if there's a creator that I like being interviewed, then I'll download it and have a little listen. The interviewer, John Siuntres slightly gets on my nerves as he just sounds insincere, but there aren't that many other podcasts that have the same sort of turnover and range of interviewees.

And so, when Matt Fraction appears for an hour and a half fireside chat to talk about Iron Man #500 (Imagine that we didn't renumber this book... what would the book be like in 467 issues time?), Fear Itself, Thor and some other stuff, I'm interested. There's also a fair bit of Q&A from iFanboy readers.

This post is inspired by one such question, namely What Fraction sees in Tony Stark that makes him a character that is interesting for him to write (or words to that effect). Fraction responded that to him, Tony Stark was an alcoholic that didn't go to meetings and that that was a hook for him (though it's much better for you to listen to the podcast and hear Fraction explain it rather than my week old half-remembered manglings).

So, I had a little rummel through my bookcases and shortboxes to find how Fraction's handled Stark's relationship with booze so far in his Marvel work. I only got as far as the end of Most Wanted in my hunt, so don't expect to see him talking to Maria Hill about how "Hef's a visionary"

The Sponsor or The Next Right Thing )
Five Nightmares #1 )
Most Wanted )

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