Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review: Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1: Reboot by B. Bendis et al.

Invincible Iron Man Volume 1: Reboot written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez, and colors by Justin Ponsor

Tony Stark goes back to the drawing board to redesign his Iron Man armor, incorporating the best of all the other suits into one. The suit comes just in time to fight an old enemy, Madame Masque. She's crazy and also has previous romantic history with Tony. Now, she's running around stealing magical items and being pursued by what appear to be ninjas with light sabers. She robs Doctor Doom's castle in Latveria which brings Tony in touch with a seemingly reformed Victor von Doom. Doom promises to help Tony take down Madame Masque. Can Tony trust Doom? Can he keep up a new relationship with intriguing scientist Amara Perera? Will Madame Masque get in the way by renewing their relationship or (more likely) killing Tony?

The story does a good job dealing with the issue of power creep. If his suits get more and more powerful, won't he eventually become literally invincible? Magic plays a big part in balancing the scales, giving Iron Man an Achilles' Heel and forcing him to accept help from Doctor Doom. Doctor Strange shows up too (probably part of the marketing campaign for the movie) and has some good comedy moments. The art is pretty good but not stupendous. Overall, it's a fun adventure.

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