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Subj: Re: Iron Man #597
Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 11:26:47 am EST (Viewed 93 times)
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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.

That's a very agreeable review. Actually the Riri pages were visually very nice compared to the Doom pages. Although for me - there were a few nice elements besides, as you noted, the nice art efforts...

Opening splash to replace the standard Recap Page is almost perfectly passable in-story content except the unclarity of whom MJ is tweeting? texting? confidential information to.

Iron Maiden's henchmen gave a brief moment of effective comedy relief.

The "(nameless) dean" is potentially a NEW character to the book that has a story worth telling.

Riri believably still had remote control of her armor (even if she reclaimed it with that dubiously legitimate motivation).

Great to see Toni Ho (finally) put in this book! And wonderful and curious surprise to see Arno and Madison included too (along with the interesting observation by Alexandre Juliao below).

Classic movie quote worked in seemlessly and enjoyably - and is source for new banner submission. \:\)

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>>> Invincible Iron Man #597
>>> Ironheart rises, Doom falls and Tony Stark emerges from the shadows!
DUMB cover and part about Tony in the Solicit!!

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