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Subj: Iron Man #597
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 08:37:27 am EST (Viewed 319 times)
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.
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