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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.
Then I read them.
Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.
I read 8 comics last week: Star Wars #14, Doctor Strange #4, Invincible Iron Man #5, Darth Vader #15, Detective Comics #48, Action Comics #48, Amazing Spider-Man #1.2 and Batman and Robin Eternal #14.
The best comic I read last week was Invincible Iron Man #5.
This new Iron Man title completed its first arc with this issue and I can say that I like the direction here very, very much. Though there is a critique to be made that this version of Iron Man/Tony Stark adheres almost too closely to the Marvel Studios/Robert Downey Jr. version, that doesn’t feel like much of an issue. The comic itself is too good to ignore.
I haven’t selected a Brian Michael Bendis title in months for this blog but Invincible Iron Man deserves it. Bendis, as is his wont, does a wonderful job creating characters, making them interact and putting them in interesting situations. He does all those things here. Tony Stark’s interactions with the surprising addition of Mary Jane Watson are terrific. His banter with Madame Masque is sharp and funny. His ongoing dialogue with his Iron Man suit A.I. Friday is wonderful. Bendis makes Tony less a jerk and more a rogue and that’s a good thing. It’s hard to root for a jerk.
David Marquez is a very tight artist. His lines are very clear and he doesn’t overwhelm with his inking. I like his Tony and it is clear he’s going to have a lot of fun with the new, ultra adaptable Iron Man armor. He and Bendis were a good match on Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man and they are a good match here.
Story wise, this is fun stuff and I really like the addition of a new, scar-less Victor Von Doom (though I don’t understand it because Secret Wars STILL ISN’T OVER) as a foil for Tony. I hope we see much more of him. All-in-all, this was a great start to what promises to be a great title.