drreneninja's Iron Man #4 - Believe, 4 of 5: Fear of the Void review

Iron Man #3 Review

***SPOILER FREE REVIEW***

The most frequently heard complaint with Marvel's double shipping is that it puts a strain on people's budgets as the reader has to buy two comics a month. However, this issue of Iron Man shows frequent double shipping can also be a disservice to the comic overall. I felt like this was the weakest issue yet of this volume of Iron Man.

Gillen still has a good grasp of Tony's dialogue, but some of the other dialogue was off, especially Pepper Potts, who sounds more like a needy girlfriend this issue than a sucessful CEO.While we get a decent beginning and a really solid end to this issue, the middle feels rushed, and not a lot of detail gets explained. However, Gillen does write an interesting end to this issue, and along with the end to Issue #2 gives credibility to the belief that characters and ideas explored in this story arc will be expanded upon later on in Gillen's run. While this is far from Gillen's best work, there is enough interesting story beats here to warrant interest.

As I said in my review for the last issue, I've been enjoying Greg Land's art for the most part. He draws some solid action scenes and the underground tunnels where most of the action takes place are pretty creepy. Unfortunately, Land's artwork breaks down even more than usual when it comes to facial work, and it feels that he gets really lazy when drawing faces in this issue. Considering that he's had to produce basically double the amount of Iron Man comics, I'm willing to forgive some of the weaker art in this issue.

I'm continuing to enjoy Guru eFX's work on this title. Not only does he have richly vibrant colors for his action and the Iron Man Suit, but he provides darker and more subdued colors in this issue, which fit the darker theme of this comic.

I admit, part of my rating comes from the fact that producing four comics in six weeks is a ton of work (especially when we have the fifth issue coming out in another 3 weeks). I'm willing to give Gillen and Land the benefit of the doubt and go more lenient than others would when judging this book. This wasn't a bad issue, it just felt like too many story beats were rushed, and the art got sloppy sometimes (especially with Land's face work). However, as a new reader to Iron Man I still find this issue, and this volume as a whole enjoyable. Hopefully, with a less taxing schedule, the creative team can really bring their A game to this series. If you've been enjoying this run of Iron Man (as I have), pick up this issue. Otherwise, you may want to skip this issue.

0 Comments

Other reviews for Iron Man #4 - Believe, 4 of 5: Fear of the Void

    Going in Heavy 0

    I picked up all 4 issues of the current Iron Man series on a whim and boy am I glad I did. The series is shaping up to be an interesting look at the constant threat Tony Start fears, the theft of Iron Man weaponry. This issue adds the twist of Iron Man facing magic based foes, revealing the potential for a deadly fusion of magic and science that our hero would usually be ill equipped to deal with. Sadly the fighting in this issue is honestly pretty bare bones and boring with the potential confli...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Iron Man #4 Review 0

    Cover/Solicit - 4/5- Would I pick-up the comic based on the solicit/cover alone? Are the alternate covers appealing? Does the solicit/cover portray what happens in the issue?Art/Colors/Ink - 4/5- Weighted Double- Do I personally like this artist's style? Does the artist stay true to the characters appearance? Does the coloring/inking blend well with the artist? Is the coloring/inking enjoyable and easy to distinguish what's happening?Layout/Flow - 5/5- Does the layout of the issue make it easy t...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.