Chuck’s Comics Reviews: Iron Man Marks End of Era, The Avengers Just Fail
*Contains minor spoilers
The Invincible Iron Man #527
It’s the end of an era with this being Matt Fraction’s last issue including old Shellhead. Thankfully, this one nicely wraps up a great run for the title. After losing everything at the end of the Mandarin, Tony Stark is not able to take back control of his life and move on (to space?). It is a near-perfect end to a lengthy run for this title that made Iron Man feel like a Japanese spy movie, with the awesome addition of many robots, which we all grew accustomed to love.
After the Batman event, Night of Owls, writers Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV created the character Calvin Rose. They made him the only person to escape the court’s grasp. The issue was one of the best so far and made me pick up its first installment, although lacking the bad-ass action of its predecessor. The reader is introduced, along with Calvin, to a man who claims to also be an enemy of the court of owls. The whole issue reads as predictable and the pairing up of the two characters seems forced, making the story feel rushed along the way. It’s the kind of issue, with a potential good story, that you only read once and hope gets a better follow-up next month.
The Flash # 13
I was always a fan of The Flash, while watching the 1990’s Justice League cartoon but never actually got into the comic book version. Francis Manapul changed that. In my opinion, he made Barry Allen a much more accessible character while providing great and modern artwork. He gave each member of The Flash’s supporting cast an intricate and effervescent back story. Overall a great book to read for any fan of the scarlet speedster; Captain Cold being cool is a plus.
The Avengers #32
This is Brian Micheal Bendis last story arc, which I have been a fan for most of its run, and this is definitely a bad conclusion to his time as an Avengers’ writer. He nullifies the death of a major member of the Avengers, the Wasp, with a pretty lame explanation. I realize at the end that except for the sentry (which I actually liked), Bendis brought back every character that died during his five-so years time with the series. A four year-old child could have figured out that the Wasp might have shrunk-down to escape death, and so he manages to make every brainiac in the Marvel Universe look like idiots for not having thought of that. Seriously, they just saw her die in a blur and nobody tried to investigate the matter. Also, last time we saw the Wasp, she was trapped in some kind of pocket (Limbo) dimension; where Hank Pym found her and left her in Avengers Academy. I guess all that just goes out the metaphorical creative window, when the Marvel ship started to sink.
Reviews by Chuck Cantave