The Spymaster’s assault on Stark Resilient is over… But the trouble is far from over for the man formerly known as the Invincible Iron Man.
Invincible Iron Man #519
Ezekiel Stane’s brief rebellion against the Mandarin is snuffed before it can barely start. The Mandarin dispatches Mauler and Chemistro to their task to assassinate Tony Stark. Meanwhile, the employees of Stark Resilient continue to put the pieces back from the Spymaster’s attack. At Hammer Industries, Doug Johnson, the original Detroit Steel, brings his hostage, Sasha Hammer, to regain his armor which Justine Hammer plans to detonate the moment he gets into it. The Spymaster awakens in the hospital and after attempting to get the jump on the guards in his room, he’s gunned down. After Tony signs over all his rights to Stark Resilient, he’s mobbed by the press about the Spymaster’s fate. Just then, Mauler and Chemistro make their move to kill him, but he’s publicly saved by the new Iron Man.
Last issue definitely suffered from the multiple storylines fighting for their moments in the sun. This issue does a little bit better job of distilling it back down to the main goal of the Mandarin destroying Tony’s life while he sneaks around waiting for his moment to bounce back. The overall problem is still there. We don’t really know what really happened with Spymaster. We can see he was gunned down, but is it a ruse or is he really dead? We didn’t see Johnson getting into Detroit Steel to find out if Justine Hammer can blow it up and be done with him. Stane is downed quickly by the Mandarin, but what possible good is it to have Stane still around and what bigger plans has the Mandarin?
The main problem with this arc isn’t that it’s uninteresting. In fact, it may be overly interesting. These last couple issues have been an overload of threads and we’re now two issues later and none of the threads have been tied up. They continuously stay unraveled and carry over into the following issue. That wears down the reader after a while. Readers will start to question how much they should care, or, worse yet, these plot points continue to roll on until people start forgetting what was happening in each one.
Don’t get me wrong, the stories are still keeping me interested, but these threads need to be tied together or put further on the back burner until some of those bigger storylines can be resolved or it’s going to be that much more of a chore to keep things straight in my head and stay interested in the grand scheme of the story.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Art is very good as always. Storylines are solid as their own segments. A little bit better distillation of the more major plot points.||Story still mired in too many things going on. It’s getting harder and harder to care about any one thread when we’re constantly bouncing around to the different things happening.|
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