omertalvendetta's Iron Man 2.0 #5 - Fear Itself Part 1 review

Relevant?

Cover:

Meh... I really don't care much for the banners at the top with the same look for Fear Itself.  It makes it all uniform, but I just really don't care about them; plus, they hide half the art, which is what should be on a cover.

The Good:

We're back to an actual story about War Machine.  The writings is better than it was in previous issues, though it was a little hard to follow.  The tie-in aspect of it is pretty cool, actually.  As Fraction mentioned, you don't have to pick up this issue to get important story for Fear Itself.  Instead, it is related to the characters illustrated in the cover and how the events of Fear Itself affect them, in particular with regards to the Worthy.  Things are shaping up for what I hope is a pretty cool subsequent issue or two, which would really be a breath of fresh air to a series that was quickly becoming stale.

The Bad:

What the hell happened to the previous story arc?  We're thrown into this without any real explanation as to how this will tie-in to the previous story-arc, which was of course left without an end of some sort.  In addition, as I mentioned above, the intro panels in this issue really confused me as a reader and I wasn't sure where the story was headed.  While the end results was sort of worth it, I didn't care much for the way this plot device was handled here.

Overall:

Not a bad issue, but definitely a borrow as it has no relevance to either of the story arcs happening in both Fear Itself and the previous 4 issues of Iron Man 2.0.  I really hope this series gets better, but I just feel that Spencer was forced to tie something in with Fear Itself and the results may or may not be too successful in the end.

3.5/5
3 Comments
Posted by JonesDeini

I think this series launched at the wrong time, Fear Itself interrupted an intriguing narrative. Spencer's a writer who's at his best when he's not bogged down by having to tie into an event unrelated to his title. He's a marvel exclusive now (good him, bad for readers IMO) and I feel like that's all he'll be doing now. 

Posted by Omertalvendetta
@JonesDeini: Is Spencer no longer writing Morning Glories?
Posted by JonesDeini
@omertalvendetta
He's still on Glories. What I was saying is that it feels like he won't have that kind of freedom at Marvel. 

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