Author Matt Fraction, Illustrations Salvador Larroca
This is the spoiler free review for Matt Fraction’s The Invincible Iron Man issues 20-33, collected as volume 2. If you would like to read the spoiler full review and see all of the pictures please visit here. To start with the review of volume 1 please visit here.
Well, Stark is still a jerk.
I keep getting told that I’m not supposed to like him. So I guess this book is successful on that front. What I don’t understand is why I’m supposed to keep reading him.
I do not like Tony Stark. I do not like how he treats the people in his life. And I really don’t like how he treats women. But I’m going to get into this in a bit more detail in my next post.
For now, volume 2.
Stark is in a coma and must be dragged back to the conscious side of life. After an unenlightening journey through his psyche we get a plot involving Detroit Steel. They are an opposing technology company that is trying to fill the military robot market.
When Stark awakens from his coma he decides he no longer wants to trade in weaponry. Good move, less evil. But capitalism dictates that someone needs to fill this market gap, that corporation is Detroit Steel.
The book revolves around Stark being a hotshot and continuing to get his way and avoiding conflict regardless of his actual actions.
He uses and manipulates people and never faces any consequences. At this point I think people are only on his side in order to not be against such a callous jerk.
Detroit Steel is a mildly interesting rival company run by a mother/daughter team. They team up with Stane from volume one and by the end also team up with the Mandarin in order to bring Stark down.
Overall the book is fairly action packed and has several worthy cameos. I enjoy a lot of the parts of this run that focus on basically anyone who isn’t Tony Stark.
Pepper Potts is the shining star of this run. She somehow manages to remain patient with Stark and even helps save his life but she is finally ready to become a hero herself. She wants to continue being Rescue and deserves the chance to save people regularly instead of just being Stark’s assistant.
I want much more of her and much less of Iron Man.
I will not be continuing this run. If you already enjoy Iron Man you will probably really like this run. It’s well written and has a bunch of conflict and side plots to keep you busy. It’s just not for me.
I love Fraction but even he can’t make me want to spend any more time with Tony Stark than I have to.
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Buy it here: Invincible Iron Man Omnibus, Vol. 2