Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's Invincible Iron Man #505 gives depth to the greater Fear Itself storyline. Rumble in the Rubble : Round 2!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Invincible Iron Man #505
Writer: Matt Fraction
Penciler: Salvador Larroca
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: June 15, 2011
$3.99 for 22pages
Fresh off of his brief appearance on Disney XD's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes this past weekend, the Grey Gargoyle enters round two with Iron Man. The two have been battling since Invincible Iron Man #504 where the Grey Gargoyle had found a Fear Itself hammer and started turning all of Paris (the fine city, not the skinny bitch) into stone. Round two begins when Tony Stark (also known asIron Man for anyone born today...and may I add, you are a super intelligent baby for 1) being able to read and 2) reading my post) wakes-up from being GG'ed by GG at the end of the first round of their rumble in the rubble. Stark finds himself on top of a hill of dead, crushed, stone bodies and proceeds to puke with his helmet on. Grey must have smelt the puke because he sees that Iron Man is standing again, and attacks Iron Man once again.
Matt Fraction is doing something pretty interesting with his Fear Itself event. He is telling an epic story which does not have the time to be too focused on any one place on earth (or off...with the Asgardians), or on any one character; so, Fraction uses his side comic title, Invincible Iron Man, to get more in depth in terms of how big a threat these hammer wielders are, and what kind of chance a big time hero like Iron Man stands against this threat. Invincible Iron Man #505 continues from the last issue in giving readers an action packed look into what earth's mightiest heroes are up against.
Salvador Larroca brings a fine performance to Invincible Iron Man, in an issue geared towards his strengths: a lot of Iron Man shots. Larroca's ability to draw regular people isn't the strongest in comics; however, he may draw the best Iron Man panels I've ever seen. I know...that is a bold statement. When Stark is armored-up, Larroca draws him in such a organic way that I can feel the emotion and intensity of every moment and movement. The suit has a personality which adds to the story telling ability of the story. I've heard that Iron Man is a tough character to draw (and write for that matter) because it is so hard to convey how the character is feeling, or what the character's subtle reactions are, since he is almost always in a mask. Fraction does write in panels where readers see inside the mask of Iron Man to get a glimpse of Tony's facial expressions, but I don't need them with Larroca on the job. Hands down...Salvador Larroca is my Iron Man man.
Some of Salvador Larroca's great panels in Invincible Iron Man #505 include:
- The above panel of Iron Man puking inside of his helmet
- Iron Man slicing into the Grey Gargoyle's head
- The below panel of Iron Man getting to his feet on a dead statue-fied people
- Iron Man looking out at GG while 2 people behind him get stoned
Invincible Iron Man #505 is both fun and compelling. Fraction has given me a better understanding of how huge a fight this (Fear Itself) will be for the heroes of earth, and Larroca has given me some amazing Iron Man panels. If your not sold yet on the Fear Itself mini-series, pick-up Invincible Iron Man #505 and last month's #504. You'll come around.
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Review by: Dom G