Thursday, May 24, 2018

Invincible Iron Man #600

   This issue of Invincible Iron Man marks the final Marvel work by writer Brian Michael Bendis, who's had quite an impact on the Marvel Universe in his almost two-decade-long run as one of its most significant authors.

   He's had some hits and misses over the years (which is only to be expected with such a significant body of work), and this is his chance to tie up a lot of threads he's introduced during his run on the adventures of Tony Stark.

   Even with an oversized issue, I'm not sure he was able to quite pull it all together - among the threads are: the future of Ironheart (Riri Williams); wrapping up the story of the new Dr. Doom (the Infamous Iron Man); explaining Tony Stark's disappearance; War Machine's death; the threat of a takeover at Stark Industries; and probably a few others that I've forgotten.

   But it's fun to see the big wrap-up chock full of amazing artists (most of whom did some of their most significant work with Bendis), and the deck is cleared for a new creative team and a new direction.

   Let's hope Bendis manages to shake things up at DC as effectively as he did at Marvel - and that Marvel finds someone as skilled to fill in the large gap he lives behind in the writing staff.

Grade: A-


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

PLs allow me to be a Debbie Downer. As a HUGE fan of the Infamous Iron Man (Doom as a hero) storyline, this "ending" felt forced and incomplete. I'm sure the storyline will continue or be wrapped up somewhere (possibly in the new FF series), but the jumbled artists and plotlines made what might have been good comics into a mess.