Invincible Iron Man #600

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 23, 2018 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 24
7.4Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

Tony Stark is back, but in what form? At least five huge surprises await new and old fans alike. Industry legend Brian Michael Bendis drops his final Marvel Comic to end an era, and he's going out big! This super-sized anniversary extravaganza features artistic contributions from a bevy of Bendis' collaborators from over the years, including Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña and a few other surprises! All this and a huge new villain arises! And the futures of Tony, Riri Williams and Victor Von Do more

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence May 24, 2018

    You don't direct the flow of the Marvel Universe for a decade without making bold and sometimes questionable decisions. This spirit is captured in the book's self aware narration. He concludes with an optimistic spirit, though. Bendis' world has been exciting and refreshing, disruptive and jarring. As this chapter of Marvel's history comes to an end I have no doubt that a generation of comic book readers will remember the Age of Bendis. Bravo. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Matt Attanasio May 23, 2018

    There's a lot to enjoy in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600. The pacing of the story and variety of content should keep most readers pleased, but is likely to push others away. All in all, though, it's a successful milestone, and a great final issue for Brian Michael Bendis at Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 24, 2018

    Let's hope Bendis manages to shake things up at DC as effectively as he did at Marvel - and that Marvel finds someone as skilled to fill in the large gap helives behind in the writing staff. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 23, 2018

    This is the end of an era for Marvel Comics and yet it kicks off a hell of a lot of stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jun 7, 2018

    Like him or not, Bendis believes in his vision and created a number of "moments" in his stories. He set the table properly for the next writer to have a lot of fun with and the reader's with a sense of hope for entertaining future adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 23, 2018

    Bendis' plotting has legacy in mind. Every big twist and reveal can be linked to work he has touched across his tenure. While most of it is focused on recent storylines, specifically those with Doctor Doom and Riri Williams, there are plenty of touches addressing events and miniseries throughout his tenure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 25, 2018

    Invincible Iron Man #600 isnt mind-blowing, but its heart-warming. It ties most of its plot lines together well in the end. It leaves everything open-ended enough so that Slott has wiggle room on his book to come. The art is all over the place, which is to be expected considering the brigade of pencillers brought on. However, the final product was fun enough so that I can easily recommend it. Pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois May 23, 2018

    The comic definitely earns the price tag and then some. While it's a tiny bit late to start fresh on Bendis, or Iron Man (you're 599 issues late), it's still a great path forward for the character and for the company. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 28, 2018

    It was a fun issue with great action, great art, great closure, and left us with a great direction for the next creative team. The baton is passed. Let's see what happens next!  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 23, 2018

    Invincible Iron Man #600 serves as an imperfect finale to an imperfect series. Not every loose end is given satisfactory resolution here. It's also frustrating to see Bendis leaving just as he introduces some intriguing new developments in the Marvel Universe. But regardless, at least this issue leaves a strong foundation on which the next Iron Man comic can build. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 31, 2018

    The comic also features Tony getting his first look at Doctor Doom as a hero and, perhaps, sadly foreshadowing the end of the freshest arc the character has had in decades. It looks like Tony is back. With Stark's return, what exactly will happen to Doom (and why do I feel the Marvel Universe just got less interesting)? For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost May 23, 2018

    This is Bendis, this is a big issue, and it's an important piece of Marvel publishing history for better or worse. I think readers should check it out if it piques their interest. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 23, 2018

    Though undeniably one of the most prolific modern writers in recent Marvel Comics history, this last issue shows, yet again, that Bendis still doesn't have a handle on endings, beyond gathering art teams to razzle-dazzle readers with fan service-powered set pieces. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester May 23, 2018

    If you’re interested in Iron Man, wait for the new number one, obviously. Do not buy this book. It’s a mess. It’s sloppy, it’s rushed. It barely makes any sense. It does not reward those of us who’ve been with Bendis’s Iron Man for a long time, but instead just fakes an emergency phone call, gets an Uber home, and leaves you with the bill after inviting you to dinner at the most expensive Italian restaurant around. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    iPodwithnomusic May 24, 2018

    I was very happy to see Rhodes return, the reunion between him and Stark was a great moment. I liked seeing Miles, Riri, Toni Ho, and the others all forming their organization, it was a nice epilogue to Miles' series. Doom's tragic defeat seems to be returning him to his previous self, which is disappointing but it was what I expected. I did enjoy his confrontation with the Hood, with the artwork by Leinil Yu it felt very reminiscent of Bendis' New Avengers. Normally I don't like issues with tons of artists, but in this case I thought it worked very well.

    I was a little disappointed with the last page, I don't really know what it means and I don't love the idea of Tony as the Sorcerer Supreme. I also thought the return of his fa more

  • 8.0
    Dispatchdcu May 27, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    Well, that’s a wrap for Bendis at Marvel.. at least I think?!?! I think this was his last issue of his ongoings at Marvel before he starts up at DC. The issue had its quirks but as whole, did a pretty good job closing everything up and giving everyone some great cliffhangers if anyone wanted to follow in his footsteps after this.

    The story kind of jumps all over the place so it may be better to pick a topic and explain that first before moving on to the next topic. So, I’ll start with Tony Stark bringing Rhodey back to life the same way he bro more

  • 7.0
    RustonLF May 25, 2018

    I found this to be a better goodbye from Bendis then his final issue of Spider-Man. It recaps a lot of the character through the A.I. based on Tony's personality. We see Tony react to Doom as a version of Iron Man as well as Riri. There are a few plot holes that are completed in a satisfying, but not spectacular way. The art has vast differences throughout that is not really separated by chapters so can be a bit jolting. Most of it does look good. There were only a few times I got lost in what the art was trying to tell. The end reveal felt like is was trying to copy a move from Jason Aaron's run on Thor by revisiting the story in Generations. It was a grand spectacle for a final issue. It does not feel like a spectacle that I think most wi more

  • 5.0
    CrazyforRAMU Dec 3, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis spent eight issues setting up six major stories (plus many smaller mysteries) and refusing to develop them. Each deserved a full arc for resolution. Now they're all abruptly chopped off in a single double-sized issue. And just to make sure that things are extra train-wreck-y, art duties go to a rapidly-spinning carousel of A-listers. That ensures that the issue lacks a consistent artistic vision and comes out extra super disjointed.

    My vote for "favorite train wreck moment" goes to Mike Deodato refusing to let Alex Maleev have the "Parker Robbins is really a demon" point to himself. And Bendis and the editors just let him poach it!

    Despite all the strikes against them, I did find a few of this issu more

  • 5.0
    DDJamesB May 29, 2018

    If some of these ideas stick with future creators and canon this will probably warrant a better grade, until then it just seems like Bendis was throwing all the ideas he didn't have to explore at this book in hopes someone decides to do things with them. He's been toying with Tony Stark Sorcerer Supreme for a while, he pretty much continued a little of Miles' story as well. Overall, it was not horrible, but really makes you wonder what the whole search was for in the first place. It's almost like everything wasn't needed. This whole arc wasn't needed. And I personally loved the Doom/ Iron Man idea and it really came to a lackluster end here.

  • 4.0
    Average Joe May 24, 2018

    Like most Bendis comics, this felt like a chore to read with bloated, unnecessary dialogue. This has become Bendis's signature style. While they make this comic as a jumping on point, despite being the finale of an arch, you should avoid this book and wait until Slott's run starts. Hopefully, Dan Slott can bring something promising to the table, which Iron Man has lacked for years.

  • 3.0
    Spock's Brain May 30, 2018

    I was shocked and disappointed when I first heard Bendis was leaving Marvel (my faith even surviving "Civil War II), but after his farewell tour, I'm kind of like...thank fuck. This issue is woeful. It's like Bendis just sweeps all his post Civil War II Iron Man work away in an issue that substitutes solid storytelling with an absolute fuckload of exposition via dialogue. Riri and Victor have been the subject of some great comics in the last year or so, but she is nowhere to be found and Victor has the entire post-Secret War slate supposedly reversed. And, and Rhodey is alive again, because exactly no one was clamouring for his return, but, back to square one. I think I'm so turned off by this horseshit that I am considering skipping out on more

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  • 3.0
    Afre May 23, 2018

    That was bad. This was Bendis farewell issue, not Iron Man's 600th issue. And that is why this feels russed, poorly executed and sloppy. Art is nice, but this just doesn't make any sense when looking it by it's story. And Rhodes is back. WHY. WHY. WHY. WHY DID YOU KILL HIM BENDIS ONLY TO RESURRECT HIM LIKE ONE YEAR AFTER?

    Skip Search for Tony Stark. It is very bad. Jump right to Slott's issue and hope it is better. And if you wonder why Tony isn't in coma anymore,you won't get anymore answers buy reading this.

  • 2.0
    Jon Comics May 26, 2018

    Bendis run in Iron Man was absolutely terrible, lacking direction and almost immediately after he took over replacing him with Riri Williams. This gave way to some really awful subplots, some of which come to head in this issue, narrated by Tony’s Artificial Intelligence construct.
    I pray that the next writer retcons the melodramatic subplot about Tony being adopted, resulting in Tonh having not only a totally unnecessary mother but also a totally unnecessary father now. When writers want to create some easy dramatic interest they pile up on the long lost parents, sisters, wives, sons, daughters. This story takes a lot of the issue.
    Mary Jane was brought in to Iron Man, but nothing interesting was done with her. It’s as if sh more

  • 2.0
    Nightmare of Solomon May 23, 2018

    3-4 pages in and is already full of all the stuff you hate about Bendis, from walls of inane dialogue to utter contempt for what his fellow writers write in the small parts of this shared universe.

    Oh yeah, he had one of the artists copy the Wally West Barry Allen hug from DC Rebirth -- and this is also a coda to his Miles Morales run -- and while the whole Tony Stark is really adopted thing can be placed at the feet of Kieron Gillen, Bendis managed to grab that ball and somehow make it all worse.

    The last page of the main story uses the same art as the first page of this issue... and the fucking coda is directly lifted from one of his X-Men annuals from about 3 years ago!!! It's almost apropos that his last marvel p more

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