Invincible Iron Man #503

Event\Storyline: Fear Itself Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 20, 2011 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

FEAR ITSELF tie-in! Fear has spread across the land and has made its way to Broxton, Oklahoma. As the Broxton residents prepare for a major disaster, Iron Man and Stark Resilient head into action. On the eve of this cataclysmic event, the Armored Avenger will face many dangers, but the greatest danger of all will be facing Fear Itself in this tie-in to the biggest Marvel event ever!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Apr 22, 2011

    To those of the opinion that stories that don't tie into other things don't "matter," "Fix Me" seemed like it was going to be a quick "filler" arc to entertain readers before a potentially more weighty Fear Itself tie-in. I'd argue that "Fix Me" matters most -- not just because it perfectly just what makes Tony Stark awesome, but because it's a classic kind of superhero vs. supervillain story that's given weight without cheap gimmicks. Also we learn that even if the angry nerds win, the cool nerds are still cool. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Apr 21, 2011

    Overall, it's not a bad issue if you don't take the first impression of the book. Read it and think about it for a little bit and you'll realize there really is some cool stuff going on. If you can't get past that first impression, then you're likely disappointed in this book. At least now, Fraction and Larroca can jump into the Fear Itself tie-in arc in earnest. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Apr 20, 2011

    You can see how this is a problem. Now Invincible Iron Man doesn't stand on its own two feet. Instead, readers need to be following Fear Itself in order to get the most out of this issue, which doesn't even make sense considering it's supposed to be the conclusion to an arc that has nothing to do with Fear Itself. Sadly, this seems like poor scheduling on Fraction and Marvel's part. Instead of wrapping up "Fix Me" and then moving on to a Fear Itself tie-in, Marvel needed one for this month so everything gelled fluidly. However, fans of Invincible Iron Man that choose not to follow Marvel's event are left out in the cold. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Apr 20, 2011

    A decent issue, but one that was held back by having Fear Itself shoehorned into it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 26, 2011

    The backup story by Fraction and artist Howard Chaykin seems rather pointless. It's the tale of how Tony Stark's parents met, and it endeavors to present Howard Stark as a dashing James Bond type. But what I see is a small group of spoiled, bored, rich people trying to amuse themselves with privilege, rebellion and a carefree lifestyle that only ridiculous gobs of money can make a reality. Fans of Chaykin's artwork will enjoy what they find here, but there's nothing particularly remarkable about it. Read Full Review

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