Some random thoughts on some books I bought.
I picked up the Iron Man By Design variant which says “Iron Man does not appear in this Issue” on the back. Neither does Thor. Much like Gillen’s ‘Loki’ one-shot, he shows a deft touch and dealing with the god of mischief and finally resolving story arcs set up by JMS. Recent previews have shown the Fractions debut on Thor has been pushed by a an issue or two, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The Walking Dead #71
Again, I have to heap more praise on this book. Kirkman delivers a pretty wicked twist and not one zombie appears in the issue. Evil really is in the eye of the beholder and we finally enter a phase were we get a new perspective on the crew we’ve been following and just what sort of toll these people have paid. For the first time you realize just how deeply affected Rick and his son really are, and it’s a brutal scene. TWD is easily my second favorite title after Scalped, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this issue.
Iron Man #25
As much as I love what Matt Fraction did with this volume of Invincible Iron Man, it seems a bit odd that what took several issues to undo is practically redone in a few pages. Worse, the best part, the new armor (Mark MMXVIII?) is all a ‘secret’, Tony just has an epiphany and rolls to Reed Richard’s lab and now has Super Extremis Armor, but we are invited to keep reading to see all the new capabilities of the armor. As a huge Iron Man fan, new armor is something you look forward to, and I feel shortchanged on what we are given in this oversized issue. Stark’s new company direction (I like the fact that Stark turns down an Asgardian bail-out) harkens back to the Circuit Maximus days and the whole issue feels like an homage to the late 80′s Invincible. Hopefully, Fraction is only using some of these rehashed beats to set the table before he sets off in a new and fresh direction.