Invincible Iron Man #500.1

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 2, 2011 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

START READING with this Point One issue. Tony Stark takes his first steps into the future! The Armored Avenger soars to never before seen heights and he's not going alone. Learn what it means to be Iron Man in the 21st Century! This issue sets the stage for the most action packed story in ol' Shellhead's life!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 4, 2011

    The simple fact of the matter for me is that a tale well told, even one I've read before, is worth the time and money. This serves as more than just a primer for the history of the superhero, it's a blueprint of what Fraction and LaRocca have done and what they intend to do with Shellhead. There's even a two-page preview of coming attractions (what I tend to think of these days as a "Geoff Johns Preview") that promises intrigue, adventure, Spymaster and possibly even The Mandarin, all of which make me happy. The $2.99 price point doesn't hurt my feelings either, making this a pretty affordable jumping on point for new or lapsed Iron Man readers. The best part of it all? If you're involved in the ongoing story of Tony and friends, you don't even HAVE to buy this issue and lose a month of momentum in the ongoing storyline, as it's a standalone issue that naysayers can easily avoid. It's pretty much a win-win, and if all the .1 issues are done with this level of workmanship, I'd say that Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Craig Reade Feb 8, 2011

    This is an issue I think long-time Invincible Iron Man readers could absolutely miss. I didn't find anything in this issue that had anything at all to do with what is going on in the surrounding story. However, if you enjoy Tony Stark as a character, or just like Matt Fraction's work, I strongly recommend this issue. This issue is a fantastic example of how well Matt Fraction understands Tony Stark, and he does an amazing job making you see why he loves the characters so much. I think it is safe to say that Fraction will make you care about Tony Stark too. So while it isn't totally the express mission of Marvel.1, the issue ended up being a decent read anyway. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 11, 2011

    Ultimately, I paid an extra 3 bucks to find out stuff I already knew. It was certainly interesting and well written, but between what felt like rushed art and the gimmick making us wonder if this is the start of an arc or just a history lesson, the issue left a little to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 3, 2011

    It feels more like an evergreen "fill-in" issue that a special event, so just an average grade from me. The regular title (the one without decimal places) is much, much better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Feb 7, 2011

    The jury is still out on "Point One," and consequently the next chapter of Invincible Iron Man. A great issue in terms of memorable moments, but Id argue backwards looking can not be construed as forward momentum. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Feb 2, 2011

    In one respect, "Invincible Iron Man" #500.1 is a strong character study of Tony Stark with an emphasis on Matt Fraction's mastery of his voice and Salvador Larroca showing off his cartoony skills. In other, it's an obtuse and vague comic that doesn't seem to relate to the current title or offer much reason to pick up the next issue, which is supposed to be the reason for these '.1' issues from Marvel. It's a fine self-contained story, just not an arresting comic that demands you come back next month. Read Full Review

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