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Iron Man #3 - Believe, Pt. 3 of 5: It Makes Us Stronger Review4
by Gregg Katzman on
Iron Man tests out his new stealth armor as he heads to Columbia where EXTREMIS is being used.
The GoodOnly Kieron Gillen can have Tony Stark provide a legitimately amusing conversation about grilled cheese. For the most part, this issue is well written and has some scattered bits of nice humor. Nothing that'll make you really laugh out loud, but there's plenty to give you a smirk (Doombot reference, Tony's thoughts about his latest armor rendering Black Widow obsolete). And speaking of the armor, this issue introduces a brand new stealth suit. As you can expect, it's weak on power and durability, but packing loads of sweet features that would make James Bond beyond jealous.
But what good is a new and cool armor if it doesn't look equally impressive, right? Thankfully, Greg Land does an excellent job when it comes to the armor and showcasing all of its features. We're treated to 3 other armored villains (who look equally good for the most part) and the (fairly short) battle was an able amount of popcorn entertainment. The biggest visual treat though had to be how the fire was displayed. It really popped from the pages and I certainly wasn't expecting that level of quality. Cloaking is a close second, of course. The armor and the aftermath of the armors clashing is definitely Land's strong point and it certainly delivers.
The plot has a nice twist provided towards the end. It's nothing that'll make your jaw hit the ground, but it lays out the groundwork for a fairly moving conversation between Tony and the father. Naturally, it dives into the roots of this entire story too.