The search for Tony Stark continues…  but isn’t he dead?  Your Major Spoilers review of Invincible Iron Man #597 awaits!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #597

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stefano Caselli & Alex Maleev
Colorist: Marte Gracia & Alex Maleev
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in Invincible Iron Man: “Ironheart rises, Doom falls and Tony Stark emerges from the shadows!”

TWO DIFFERENT IRON MAN LEGACIES

So, two of the three promises that Marvel gave us in this issue’s solicit up there came true.  We open with Victor Von Doom returning home to Castle Doomstadt in Latveria, finally coming to terms with the fact that he will never be heralded as the hero he thought he was.  He even says as much to his mother’s grave, murmuring that only Reed Richards ever saw him as something more than an armored monster.  As for Riri Williams, she returns to M.I.T. after having her armor stolen from her by the Stark board of directors.  She is greeted warmly by the Dean, who gives her three pieces of good news:  Since her Ironheart armor was created at M.I.T., not Stark’s facilities, it belongs not to the company, but to the school, and he’s perfectly happy to gift it to her.  Secondly, she’s not the only person looking for Stark, and he is willing to help her with resources to do so, including the assistance of Toni Ho (the Iron Patriot), Madison Jeffries (technology-manipulator Box of Alpha Flight and The X-Club) and Tony Stark’s brother Arno (whose story is… complicated.)  As Riri prepares to find Stark, Doom is ambushed by The Wrecking Crew in his own home, and while he’s able to make short work of that foursome of dullards, The Hood has come with, bringing an army of super-villains whose intentions are simple:  Kill Victor Von Doom as brutally as possible…

A BIG BENDIS WRAP-UP COMIN’

I have to say that both the storylines in this book have been moving at what feels like a glacial pace, so it’s nice to finally get some movement, even if that movement is Doom taking a terrible beatdown from The Hood’s goon squad.  This issue features two art teams, with Alex Maleev doing moody, dark work on the Doom portion of the story and Caselli & Gracia giving Ironheart’s story a much more friendly, bright tone (especially cool when she recalls her armor) and Bendis ably switches gears between both portions of the story to match the tone of the art.  I think my biggest complaint is that the issue really flies by, and I was sort of surprised that Mary Jane and Tony’s mom only appeared on the splash page to recap the story, making the issue feel a little cramped and frantic.  That said, I’m looking forward to seeing Ironheart flying solo, away from Tony’s watchful eye and also Doom getting trounced.  (If that story means the end of the attempts to make The Hood happen, more the better.)

BOTTOM LINE: SOLID WORK, BUT KIND OF UNSATISFYING

This issue is a tough one, because I appreciate the parallel story lines and the execution thereof, but somehow the issue ends up feeling short and unsatisfying, partly because of those same story lines.  It’s a quandary, but Invincible Iron Man #597 manages to work on multiple levels, look good and tell a clear story, but somehow feel like it ends in mid-sentence, leaving me hanging and earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall.  I suppose there are worse complaints about a comic than “I wish there was more of it”, though…

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #597

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Well-drawn by both teams, with some interesting things happening, but feels surprisingly short...

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2 Comments

  1. The Movie stopped short at Latveria, Doom feels that people have forgotten about Latveria so Doom refuses to allow Black Panther to be shown. #latveriaforever

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