Invincible Iron Man #25


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Invincible Iron Man #25


  • Words: Matt Fraction
  • Art: Salvador Larroca
  • Colors: Frank D'Armata
  • Story Title: Stark Resilient: 1 of 8
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2010

Since the beginning of this series two years ago, Fraction has taken the beaten and dishonored Iron Man from the head of S.H.I.E.L.D, the planet's premier governmental security agency, to the pits of despair, dispelling what makes him super along the way. Not his armor, but his intellect. Fraction and Larroca have stripped away every layer of Stark, good and bad, and revealed to us his solid core as a hero. Its been a wake up call, not only for Tony but for us readers, as well.

Through this tightly woven story, we've been shown what makes Tony great, despite his flaws. The adventure continues in this month's issue, which could be considered the beginning of Marvel's new Heroic Age.

At the end of #24, Tony had finally regained his cognitive skills and was back to his old self, literally. His friends were able to "reboot" him, but unfortunately, he hasn't backed up his files in quite some time. We're now given a Tony with the guilt of actions he doesn't remember making, not to mention mistakes he hasn't learned from, either. It's a refreshed and recharged Tony, suffering from a reverse It's A Wonderful Life syndrome. He has been given purview to a world that may have been better without him, as opposed to with him. This is fertile ground for a story about rebuilding.

Another point of impression is Fraction's handle on the character of Tony Stark. This is his finest superhero work as he is able to put a distinct and human voice to a man with equal parts genius and flaws. A major plot point in the story revolves around Tony's current predicament and how it could've easily been avoided with a thimble full of humility. Something he doesn't naturally possess.

Artist Salvador Larroca, with colors by Frank D'Armata, services the story and the tech well, but his art can come off as too reference heavy at times. Even though it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the issue, it can be noted as the story's weakest element. He nails it where it counts though, and comes through by issue's end when we get a reveal of the new suit. It's an image seen for months now but it still manages to earn a geeky smile when it makes its first appearance. The suit has a sleek and aerodynamic design whose origins take root in Warren Ellis' fantastic Extremis arc, which pretty much kicked off this new era of Iron Man over five years ago.

This issue also boasts multiple cameos, making it an even more worthy read. We don't only follow Stark but are also reintroduced to the rest of his supporting cast. Through them, we're given glimpses of their new roles and varying opinions on the reborn Tony. It's fun to see Iron Man interact with other pillars of the Marvel U like Reed Richards and Thor. Scenes like those succeed in making this shared universe a richer one.

Upon story's end, it's fair to label this a game changer. A mix up of the status quo, you could say. What's great though is that all these changes are organic to what Fraction and Larroca have been building towards. Within this double-sized issue, previous issues are recapped in such a manner that it's just as much justification as it is a game of catch up. It's slick and fitting for a trendsetter like Mr. Stark.

This is definitely jump-on friendly. I know I've said it before, but I mean it twice as much this time. If you were ever considering trying this title on for size, then #25 is the perfect place to start. 

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  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Apr 30, 2010 at 3:03am

    Bought the Omnibus which collects the series up to #19 in one huge hardcover and absolutely loved it. Restraining myself from not buying the subsequent hardcover ... great marketing game Marvel! You got me hooked.

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