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Subj: Re: Iron Man #31: Pinky swear...
Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:45:49 am EDT (Viewed 462 times)
Reply Subj: Iron Man #31 (spoilers)
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 02:18:39 pm EDT (Viewed 147 times)

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This arc started out on a hopeful note for me.
Cover by Granov. Welcome back from Hollywood!!
Art by de la Torre.
An opening mention of Beth Cabe...and scotch.

But no, it's not to be.
Any I'm afriad this comic is not to be for much longer.
It just has that feel of something left to die a slow death...

The dual-artist scheme works when it's de la Torre/Guice.
These guys can pull it off.
Pagulayan/Kurth?
Not so much...

Stuart Moore seems to have been handed an impossible assingment.
As if Editor Nicole Boose said, "you get Dum-Dum, Maria Hill and I'll throw in Paladin. And by the way, you can't go anywhere near current events, and you have to use a flying brain as the villian".

Or maybe he came up with the flying brain and she just let it pass by.
Either way, it's just so ridiculous.
Even with my reality settings at "full suspension" I can't get past the utter lameness of a flying brain.

Speaking of lame, "Tim Dugan's Flying Commando's"?
WTF?
The Knauff's had the Tony-Hill-Dugan thing working pretty well.
Now we've just got a bunch of guys in flying suits.

My guess is that this book is either set to be canceled or turn into War Machine Director of SHIELD by issue 35.

Too bad, this book was really working for me.
Wounded by poor sales.
Killed by the flying brain.

JP



Argh. Agree with your issue 'concerns'. Did not work for me either...

Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #31
http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4182.FIRST_LOOK~colon~_Iron_Man~colon~_Director_of_SHIELD_%2331
http://www.marvel.com/catalog/?id=9151


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> This arc started out on a hopeful note for me.
> Cover by Granov. Welcome back from Hollywood!!
> Art by de la Torre.
> An opening mention of Beth Cabe...and scotch.

Cover: Did not like the nothingtodowiththestory cover! Thing is, it would have been a intriguing one if they'd waited for a related story. The odd looking part is his internal systems look like theyre made of plastic toy model kit parts - which might be interpretted/debated as super advanced systems or toy armor.

Other than the Iron Man suit itself - did not like the coloring schemes settled on at all. Some place looked like color unfortunately substituted for background art too.
>
> But no, it's not to be.
> Any I'm afriad this comic is not to be for much longer.
> It just has that feel of something left to die a slow death...
>
> The dual-artist scheme works when it's de la Torre/Guice.
> These guys can pull it off.
> Pagulayan/Kurth?
> Not so much...

Have not totally/truly enjoyed a whole issue for some time. (The Mandarin arc had some nice 'parts'. As did showcasing Nebraska.)
>
> Stuart Moore seems to have been handed an impossible assingment.
> As if Editor Nicole Boose said, "you get Dum-Dum, Maria Hill and I'll throw in Paladin. And by the way, you can't go anywhere near current events, and you have to use a flying brain as the villian".

..."and it doesn't even have to be an interesting...". Really felt this Hero For Hire was misrepresented and shortchanged!  Okay, maybe some nervous regret and impromptu compromise would work for him but here Paladin comes off as a sniveling intel-deprived coward. (Though never saw this of him or could also be his failsafe though both options did not seem the intention.)
>
> Or maybe he came up with the flying brain and she just let it pass by.
> Either way, it's just so ridiculous.
> Even with my reality settings at "full suspension" I can't get past the utter lameness of a flying brain.

The flying brain wasnt that far fetched in a world of MODOKs. (Though wasnt that interesting either. Y'think theyd mention the Overkill Horn again somewhere besides the PrevPage.) It was good they mentioned it took HOURs to get here but that just detracts from the timeline clarity of last issue. The Dum-Dum part was still way too distracting to take, again for timeline appreciation reasons. Not to mention the annoying distraction of wondering how long he'd keep falling before deciding to sprout skrull wings.

The other story point edict might have been to have TWO men on Alpha Team die but not have Tony too worked up about it as there was already a story where he was emotionally crippled by the death of ONE man from Alpha Team.
>
> Speaking of lame, "Tim Dugan's Flying Commando's"?
> WTF?
> The Knauff's had the Tony-Hill-Dugan thing working pretty well.
> Now we've just got a bunch of guys in flying suits.

Yeah, that was LAME. Turn the page, expecting/hoping at least to get a clever hardass Unit call sign - or even a generic one as simple as Beta Team. How untested could these suits be? They even look more durable with the armor compared to "George Washington Bridge's Flying Chippettes" with only the plunging latex body huggers. And are the Capekillers obsolete already? (There mustve been some on board since they hardly are seen in the USA anymore.)
>
> My guess is that this book is either set to be canceled or turn into War Machine Director of SHIELD by issue 35.

Cant see that happening until, at least, Rhodey's disfigurement story is told. Y'think the Director would have to go thru thorough physical/psycho testing that this secret would nullify his qualifications. Would probably wish for other candidates over him anyways.

Also, that solicit http://www.marvel.com/catalog/?id=9763 has a nice poser cover that is context related but unfortunately suggests this poorly paced arc will wrap up, in a sudden rush, as Tony will have to put an end to his new major foes: his new ex-friend Rahimov who he now hates and his new arch-enemy Weir who he has had eNARF of already. ;\-\)
>
> Too bad, this book was really working for me.
> Wounded by poor sales.
> Killed by the flying brain.
>
> JP








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