‘Invincible Iron Man’ #7 brings characters new and old together

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Invincible Iron Man #7

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato
Colors by Frank Martin
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Published by Marvel Comics
There’s no rest for the weary when you’re Iron Man,  and that sometimes holds true to people involved with Tony and his latest problem. Nothing spells trouble like being forty minutes late to meet a recently hired assistant that can pull major webs in the long run.
Bendis has a handle on comic Robert Downey Jr  Tony Stark and we’re only seven issues into his run on Invincible Iron Man. It’s actually harder than it looks when you have to write a guy that is thinking complete conversations into the future because that’s “just how his brain works.” There’s dialogue aplenty for everyone involved, and Mary Jane takes steps to solidify as a great addition to the cast. She brings up a hilarious moments with both Friday the A.I. and Tony Stark about how the sisterhood of Marvel women is greater than potentially revealing what someone truly thinks of Tony himself. Like the cover suggests, we finally get into the finer details of Mary Jane making the career switch, and  the issuedives straight into her first official Iron Man-related adventure. Bendis supplies more than enough verbal sparring between Tony and MJ signifying that she can more than handle herself and maybe even make Tony a better, not totally as erratic human being in the process. Mike Deodato, for the bulk of the issue, draws people and armor standing around, but he and Frank Martin make the most of the  talkative issue until things  ramp up to 10 by issue’s end.
This issue is also billed as “The Road to Civil War II” with the last page more than likely teasing future developments for Stark and company. You can’t help but feel the intrigue deepening with the new threat in Tokyo, especially with a Bendis character mainstay like Spider-Man (Peter Parker, who is doing Tony’s job but better.) joining the fray next issue, and a female villain that has a power she technically shouldn’t have. And this is by Marvel Universe standards so this issue is definitely the calm before the Tech-Ninjas vs. Iron-Men and Spider-Man storm. As usual, Frank Martin displays the color palette that gives everything a more grounded techno thriller feel to everything that’s transpiring. Again, it’s a fantastic contrast to the opening arc where everything took place during the day time and battles were more crystal clear and linear. For “War Machines”, we’re being treated a slow building arrival to the peak and reveals of what’s going on in Tokyo.
It’s a breath of fresh air to see Tony not being limited in location (i.e. not fighting every monster ever in New York), like his secondary series International Iron Man coming later in the month, we’re seeing a different type of Tony Stark that gets around the Marvel Universe and serves up a different type of genre adventure wherever he happens to go.

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