One Word or Less Comic Reviews for May 4th

Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Invincible Iron Man #9

The Discipline #3

Captain America: Sam Wilson #9

Survivors’ Club #8

Poe Dameron #2

New Avengers #11

Moon Knight #2

Howard the Duck #7

Black Widow #3

Punisher #1

Unfollow #7

The Wicked + The Divine #19

Walking Dead #154

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #14

-THE DARK DAYS OF IRON MAN

At the moment Brian Michael Bends is writing two Iron Man titles. Neither one is really doing it for me. The other one, International Iron Man, is a story about Tony as a college kid meeting a girl who is trying to keep him from finding his real parents in the present. Two issues in it’s boring as sin and even Alex Maleev art can’t save it.

Invincible Iron Man isn’t too much better. All of the elements sound great on paper: cool scientist love interest; Dr. Doom as a benevolent voice in Tony’s life; Mary Jane Watson trying to tolerate being Tony’s assistant; an unknown college girl developing her own armor with ramifications yet to be seen; fighting armor-stealing ninjas with Rhodey and Spidey in Japan; being AWESOME FACIAL HAIR BROS with Doctor Strange. Man, I want to read that book! But in practice it’s fallen victim to Bendis’ weird pacing issues, where trying to shove this much stuff into nine issues has caused each issue to chiefly focus on one thing at the expense of moving the story forward. It’s still a good read, but it’s not fulfilling.

I can hold out hope that it will gel down the line, but I’ve read enough Bendis to know it’ll probably just keep getting worse. I stopped reading Guardians of the Galaxy eventually, and it suffered from almost exactly the same problems. It’s only a matter of time until I drop Invincible Iron Man as well.