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Alexandre Juliao

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Leonard

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Subj: Some speculation on my part about this issue.
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 04:20:31 pm EST (Viewed 218 times)
Reply Subj: Iron Man #597
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A typical issue in the vein we got to know in this arc so far: Useless Doom pages, and, well, useless Riri-pages.

The issue opens with Doom desecrating his mother's grave because - in Bendis' Marvel pocket universe - he now blames her for him being a villain.
The issue ends with the Wrecking Crew (Seriously, what is Bendis' obsession with this tiny group of crappy supervillains congregating around the Hood?) breaking into the abandoned Castle Doom, being confronted with Doombots and finally Doom himself, who is then attacked by the Hood and the rest of his gang. It is all incredibly unengaging. The next issue promises "the Fall of Doom".

Riri's part (Five whole pages!) is her arriving back at MIT, where she is greeted by the (nameless) dean who welcomes her like the prodigal daughter and promises her she will have complete creative freedom. He even grants her that her armor is still hers, not Stark Industries', whereupon she simply recalls her stuff from Iron Maiden electronically; so that entire subplot was completely pointless. She then is introduced to a small group of super-nerds who are looking for Tony Stark.

That's all. It looks nice, at least.

The re-introduction of Arno Stark - his first appearance since the final issue of Gillen's run, well, WELL before Secret Wars - occurs without any fanfare or acknowledgement he was missing; he is simply there.

Oh well. Three more issues and it's over.


Two things came to my mind as I read this page.

First, was it really Arno and Tony Ho who were supposed to be originally in this scene or other people?

I was wondering this, because this issue is the last one Bendis wrote before announcing his departure from Marvel and considering that this is the second issue under the supervision of the new EIC and the previous one’s release was delayed in one week, I suppose some level of rewriting was done.

I came to this conclusion, because the dialogue flow does not match with the way the characters are arranged in the top panel of the page. I suppose Arno should be the guy sitting closer to Toni and not Jeffries. And as is well known, Bendis rarely takes into account stories written by other writers.

Second, Bendis completely ignored the circumstances of Tony's adoption as soon as his run began, so why reintroduce Arno now?

Assuming I'm right about this, I wonder if those changes would have been made at Dan Slott’s request, who intends to eventually reintroduce the Iron Man 2020, since by now, his first issue should be already finished for the relaunch.