By Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Frank D’Armata (colorist)
The Story: In part three of “World’s Most Wanted,” Norman Osborn unleashes the full fury of H.A.M.M.E.R. down on Stark, raiding Tony’s global offices and seizing his technology, and issuing a warrant for Tony’s arrest for crimes against humanity. Now as officially Earth’s most wanted fugitive, Stark must rely on Girls Friday Pepper Potts and Maria Hill to destroy the last remnants of his empire and arsenal to keep it out of Osborn’s hands.
The Good: Fraction. Larroca. D’Armata. Everything. Seriously, I have yet to be disappointed with this comic, and consider it to be one of Fraction’s defining works for Marvel. His scripts are always smart, funny, and thoughtful, embracing the qualities that make superhero comics great without ever letting the book become just another superhero comic. Larroca and D’Armata are a phenomenal artistic team, producing some of the most polished art in the industry, and it is simply gorgeous stuff to look at. I applaud them all for getting me to care about Stark’s story and this long, winding road to redemption that they’ve put him on. In the wake of Civil War, I couldn’t stand Tony and thought he was a self-righteous jerk. Under Fraction and Larroca’s guidance though, Stark is fighting to gain our trust and respect, and this is one battle I think he’s going to win.
The Not So Good: The cover, but that’s just because the thought of anything coming near my eye freaks me out. I’m not sure how it’s even remotely related to anything in the story, but even then I have to admit it’s incredibly well drawn and colored.
Conclusion: Invincible Iron Man continues to be one of the best comics out there, and it is well worth your time and money. Not to be missed!