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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Spotlight On: Invincible Iron Man

By now you're probably aware of Iron Man 2, the sequel to 2008's blockbuster Iron Man movie, which opened yesterday to excited audiences everywhere.  Over the course of the next few years, Marvel Entertainment will also be releasing Thor and Captain American films, with the goal of joining their stories with that of Iron Man in the projected Avengers franchise.  As the Marvel universe rapidly expands on celluloid, perhaps you'd like to familiarize yourself with our heroes in print!  For the current hot property, look no further than Matt Fraction's Eisner-winning take on Invincible Iron Man.

The superhero Civil War has ended, the Skrulls' Secret Invasion has been thwarted, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has disbanded.  H.A.M.M.E.R., the security force that took S.H.I.E.L.D.'s place, is run by the decidedly villainous Norman Osbourne, who has access to all the power he could ever want, save the secrets stored in the disgraced Tony Stark's computer-enhanced brain. So begins a harrowing chase as Tony scrambles to tie up his loose ends and safeguard his valuable knowledge(essentially backing it up like a computer program and erasing the hard drive of his mind piece by piece) , keeping one step ahead of the most powerful and ruthless police force on earth.  Along for the ride are personal assistant Pepper Potts and former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill, both of whom get the chance to shine as heroes in their own right.  Fraction keeps the stakes high and the dialogue snappy, and his rich characterization adds subtle new dimensions to characters we've known for ages; Salvador Larroca's clean linework

Be warned, a general knowlege of the characters inhabiting Tony Stark's world is neccesary, as is a passing familiarity with the recent events of the Marvel universe.  It's a wild ride, though, and well worth it for longtime Iron Man fans and new converst alike!  Invincible Iron Man TP #3 is on stands now.

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