Invincible Iron Man #21
Having just dropped IIM the issue before last, this was kind of a weird time for me to be reading an issue. I went ahead and picked up the issue that I had missed when I got this book. #20 encapsulated why I dropped the book in the first place so it's probably a good thing we weren't reviewing it.
Over the course of Most Wanted I simply grew bored with this series. The arc drew out too long and my distaste for anything Osborne related made it hard for me to enjoy the book. At the end of the arc, sure Tony was brain dead, but really it seemed like there were a lot of moving pieces in place that ultimately hadn't come together... until this issue.
I gotta say as someone who has been a vocal detractor of his work in the past (with the exception of the brilliant Immortal Iron Fist of course), bravo Matt Fraction! From Pepper's repulsor battery, to the Rescue suit, to the hard drive Maria Hill recovered, it all came together in this issue exceptionally well. This was exactly the kind of story that I like in my Iron Man comics and reminded me why I liked the first arc of this series so much as a successor to Extremis.
Some people like the Larrocca/D'Armata art team on this series, some don't. I'm in the camp that likes it. For me it has a very cool, modern aesthetic to it that I think fits the character perfectly. The photo referencing does look a bit funky at times but it does feel a bit more natural now that Larroca has gone back to using Josh Holloway for Tony.
I guess this means I'm adding Invincible Iron Man back to my pull list now.