It's unfortunate to realize that neither of the two ongoing Iron Man books have much to offer in the way of art. It's all the more unfortunate in this series considering that three different talented pencillers all contribute to this issue. The problem comes in the attempt to meld all three styles into a cohesive whole. The subdued coloring really doesn't do Carlos Pagulayan any favors. He's always been more of a bombastic superhero artist. Roberto de la Torre is fine as always, and he seems to be the happy medium here. Steve Kurth almost manages to blend in, but his oddly exaggerated use of perspective ends up preventing that. I can understand Marvel's desire to rush this arc out of the gate so that the Secret Invasion tie-in isn't too delayed, but surely there's a better way. I imagine the series will be greatly altered in the wake of SI, so this arc has potential to serve as a send-off for this particular era of Iron Man. I hate to see some of that potential squandered. Read Full Review
Overall, the two stories don't seem to fit together for me, although I wouldn't object to them in separate titles. The art also fails to come together as smoothly as it has previously on this title, which draws me out of the story while I'm reading it. It's not a bad chapter, per se, but it's not up to the standards set by the Knaufs. Read Full Review
I'm done with Director of SHIELD. With the Knaufs gone and hastily thrown together fillins that are set to go on indefinitely, it looks like the this Iron Man title is on the cutting room floor at Marvel, either until Nick Fury possibly takes over or they cancel this title in favour of the movie Iron Man version over in Invincible. Read Full Review
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