Invincible Iron Man #1
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Invincible Iron Man #1

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 7, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The Five Nightmares, Part 1: Armageddon Days
IRON MAN! You know you love him! And as the summer's most anticipated movie boot-jets its way into theaters, here's the perfect jumping-on point for new readers and Iron Man fans alike! Tony Stark - Iron Man, billionaire industrialist and director of S.H.I.E.L.D. - faces the most overwhelming challenge of his life. Ezekiel Stane, the son of Tony's late business rival and archenemy Obadiah, has set his sights, his genius and his considerable fortune on the task of destroying Tony Stark and Iron Man. What's worse, he's got Iron Man tech, and he's every bit Iron Man's equal and opposite...except more

  • 9.1
    IGN - Bryan May 7, 2008

    Invincible Iron Man is everything an Iron Man book should be. It's got a large-scale, widescreen feel to it and cribs from exactly the right sources. Accessible to new readers but rewarding to longtime fans, it's a very promising beginning to what will undoubtedly be a successful run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 7, 2008

    All in all, I can find almost nothing to complain about as far as the writing goes. The compelling post-modern feel of Ultimate Iron Man is present here, only applied to much more familiar and likable version of the character. Fraction understands Tony very well, and my concerns over the existence of two Iron Man books have already been quieted. It's unfortunate, then, that the art doesn't quite live up to the writing. Salvador Larroca constantly seems to be on the cusp of real greatness, but his faces continue to be problematic. His Tony Stark only bears a passing resemblance to the real character. When Tony suits up the unnatural tone of the book immediately melts away. That rarely happens, though. Perhaps it's too early to call for a change in artists, but I'm going to do it anyway. I sense the beginnings of a truly classic Iron Man saga, and I'd hate for the visuals to hold it back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas May 6, 2008

    Overall, I enjoyed this issue. It moves a bit slowly and definitely allows for reader jump-on, but there will be a number of questions for new Iron Man readers to find the answers. The extremis is explained decently, but Iron Man as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., not so much. Granted, the majority of new readers will more than likely be those who are familiar with the current Marvel Universe, but there are still others who could be roped in. However, Ezekiel Stane should prove to be a formidable new villain, and I am excited to see where Fraction goes with this. I also thought it was refreshing to see the "superhero Tony Stark" once more. Fraction writes him as very self-aware and somewhat vulnerable. This title does a decent job making Tony somewhat likeable again after he essentially became a villain following Civil War. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - M. Staples May 7, 2008

    Finally, is it a good comic? Well, it is fairly well written, there was one part where I had to turn back a page to figure out what was going on, but other than that it flowed smoothly and the characters maintained unique voices. Likewise, the art was very well done. It wasn't perfect, as there were three minor things that bugged me, but being minor, they weren't anything to take away from the enjoyment of the storytelling. So overall, not the best of the best when it comes to comics, but certainly very good. As someone fairly new to Iron Man, will I be back? Yes, I will definitely finish out the story arc, but I'll have to be really impressed to stick with it after it's over. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn May 11, 2008

    Invincible Iron Man #1 was a solid debut issue. This title will certainly appeal to readers who prefer a more traditional version of Tony in a more traditional straight-up super hero story than what we get with the Knaufs on Iron Man Director of SHIELD. I also think that Invincible Iron Man #1 will appeal to newer readers who have never sampled Iron Man before. If you like action themed stories with plenty of hi-tech gadgets then you will enjoy what Fraction has in store for us with this title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kevin Church May 8, 2008

    While offering customers a free "Marvel Adventures Iron Man" comic is not the worst thing in the world, I'm fairly certain that most retailers would have enjoyed having the option to sell them a high-quality, well-produced $3 book featuring the guy they went to see in theaters in addition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren May 7, 2008

    I think some will love it and some will hate it. It's a very slow paced first issue, but has the makings of being a great title. However, time will tell. Read Full Review

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