Quick Hits: Reviews of Invincible Iron Man #29 and more…

Iron Man #29

Invincible Iron Man #29: Yet another chapter in the first Heroic Age era storyline for Tony Stark and Iron Man. This has been an interesting enough arc from writer Matt Fraction but at times, and certainly in this issue, it feels as if things have been too heavy on the exposition and buildup with very little action. Mind you, I’m all for a good story—and this is certainly an interesting one—but it feels like it’s been several issues since anything has blown up. This issue does have an interesting development with Pepper Potts that I hope plays out within this series rather than leading to another spin-off or mini-series. B-

Thanos Imperative #3: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning continue this crossover of Marvel’s cosmic books with this mini-series. We see Nova gather together his group of what I’m sure is going to be end up called the Cosmic Avengers, we get some more backstory on the origins of the “Cancerverse” that’s been attacking our heroes in space and we get a pretty big cliffhanger dealing with Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Overall a fun read, though I’m looking forward to this wrapping up and seeing how it effects the Guardians of the Galaxy title, which is the only cosmic book from Marvel I read regularly. B

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1: First off, how annoying is it that Ultimate Comics Avengers is being treated as a series of minis rather than one larger maxi-series? Adding a new number after Avengers story every six months and then adding the issue title really makes for a tongue-twister sometimes. But anywho… this issue starts off very much in the vein as Ultimate Avengers 2 #1 (see what I mean?) in that most of the issue is spent with buildup and it’s only until the last couple of pages that we see our group of Avengers. The having to start fresh with each new mini-series is a mistake I think, certainly some of this buildup could’ve been introduced in pervious issues? I’m thinking of the classic Chris Claremont Uncanny X-Men issues where he’d hint at a plot for a few months before dealing with that story head on. In this issue we’re introduced to the newest Daredevil in the Ultimate Universe, as well as Blade as he fights—yawn—vampires. God I’m sick of vampires. C-

X-Force: Sex & Violence #2: Boy, is this book aptly names. Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost continue their X-Force mini-series focusing on Domino and Wolverine as they fight their way through ninjas and assassins and find time for some extracuricular activities in a hotel room on a bed of money. The art from Gabrielle Dell’Otto is fantastic and the story has been a lot of fun so far. Certainly a nice sendoff from Kyle and Yost as they say goodbye to the best X-book of the last few years before it gets reborn as Uncanny X-Force with a new creative team. A

X-Men #2: Vampires. More freaking vampires, and look… Blade is back in this issue as well too. I can’t tell if I felt deja-vu while reading this issue or just boredom. There are a few fun moments of banter with Colossus and Wolverine, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing what new writer Victor Gischler does with the team of mutants once we’re past the whole vampire fad of this storyline. The artwork from Paco Medina is some of his best and the plot devised by Cyclops and Emma Frost to deal with the vampire hordes is certainly interesting but fighting vampires just doesn’t seem like the best way to kick off a brand new X-Men series in the wake of “Second Coming.” C+

tags: avengers, guardians of the galaxy, iron man, quick hits, thanos imperative, x-force, x-men

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