Invincible Iron Man #501

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 23, 2011 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
8.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Why should Tony Stark be the one to benefit from all of his technology? What right does Stark have to keep his miracles to himself? A familiar threat in other corners of the Marvel Universe comes demanding answers- -- and salvation -- from Iron Man. And because it's not enough to remake the world with free and limitless energy, Stark Resilient goes after the challenge of remaking another world: ASGARD.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 26, 2011

    This is a very good issue in a series of very good issues, setting up a natural conflict between characters who have been around forever, with similar backgrounds and motifs, without feeling forced. There are half a dozen clever touches in the issue, from the redesign of Asgard to the flashbacks to Tony's skipping out on news outlets while refusing to neglect the comedy programs. (And if you've seen The Daily Show and Colbert lately, it's clear why...) Tony's interactions with Octopus are wonderfully written, with every line from both hero and villain brimming with contempt for the other. These days, everyone seems to want to see the heroes fighting their iconic villains, claiming it's not a Spider-Man story without the Green Goblin or that Batman isn't fun unless he faces the Joker. In these pages, Fraction builds a brand-new rivalry out of existing pieces of history and makes Doctor Octopus seem like Iron Man's ultimate nemesis in just a few pages. It's an example of the kind of good Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Feb 25, 2011

    Before he was the Marvel superstar writing three of the company's biggest titles, Fraction was an indie comics creator, writing non-superheroic graphic novels and talking about the art of comics and the industry itself in places like Comic Book Resources and his own online magazine, Savant. While it's easy to go back to his comics activism days and see the dramatic irony in reading a guy express his disinterest in writing superhero comics a decade ago now about to unleash Fear Itself upon the world, one need look no further than Invincible Iron Man to see that Fraction isn't completely relenting to the form, but subverting it, going beyond the superhero genre to make a modern, relevant, forward-thinking comic book thriller about the politics of technology -- something that has more in common with Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President than Batman. It's almost like what Ryoichi Ikegami did with the Spider-Man manga back in the '70s. Fraction keeps decreasing the amount of Iron Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Feb 23, 2011

    I continue to sing the praises of Invincible Iron Man month in and month out. Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca are producing one of Marvel's absolute best titles that not only delivers great superheroics, but acts as a call to arms for other creators to try and match this duo's creativity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 24, 2011

    It's hard to say right now where this arc will lead. It's likely not to please those who want to see more action from Iron Man, but it very well might be a great character story. Dr. Octopus has been in his current state for a while now and it's hard to say if he's even got much of a shelf life left anyway. I'm very much looking forward to see what these next issues have in store for the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Feb 28, 2011

    A strong, if surprising, outing. Read Full Review

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