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Iron Patriot #4 - Unbreakable Part Four Review

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James has to work with a man who controls him, while Terrence is being tortured.

The Good

IRON PATRIOT isn't just about a man in a clunky, iron suit punching bad guys in the face. It deals a lot with family and the lengths family will go to protect each other. Writer Ales Kot does a great job at creating the family dynamic between James, Lila, and Terrence Rhodes. There's a few moments within this issue that really show how much these guys love each other. It may not be the traditional sense of love we all know, but Iron Patriot suits beating up bad guys is a much better read that 20 pages of hugging.

This new character, who is controlling James and labelled as "The Villain" in the opening credits, is very cool. He has a very committed to his plan and considers himself the hero of the story. The best villains are the ones who believe they are doing what they're doing for the betterment of mankind. Kot is slowly building on Rhodes' world and adding to it, while remaining true to who the character is. Plus, this issue ends with a pretty awesome cliffhanger that has this new villain up against something different but familiar.

The star of this book is the art from Garry Brown and the colors of Jim Charalampidis. Visually, without a doubt, the book is extremely pleasing to the eye, but artistically, this book really moves along the story. Brown has a gritty style that is sometimes accentuated by Charalampidis' colors. He compliments Brown's work exceptionally well. Brown has some great page set-ups throughout this book, especially during high-action sequences. Lastly, the final page is wonderful. Brown really sets up something wonderful looking here.

The Bad

Although Brown's art is pretty awesome, there are a few times where it doesn't work. Throughout the issue, there are a small number of times where Brown's style doesn't lend extremely well to close-ups. It looks a bit rough and can take the reader out of the scene.

In addition, the story is good, but not great. It's the type of book that's only going to be a real hit with a certain type of mindset. It's not a heavy-politics book, but those who are intrigued by government corruption fighting the system will enjoy this a whole lot more than the average comic book reader.

The Verdict

Kot, Brown, and Chralampidis provide readers with a book that's one-part family, one-part fighting the system, and one-part eye candy. This book is surprisingly good, considering it features a character that has had a few struggles in the past with his own on-going. This may not be the best jumping-on point, but this is still a series that is worthy of being on fans' pull-lists. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

10 Comments
Posted by GrenadeFlow

I thought I was the only one reading this book

Posted by micah

I thought I was the only one reading this book

Why's that?

Posted by daredevil21134

I thought I was the only one reading this book

this book is awesome

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Posted by GrenadeFlow

@micah said:

@grenadeflow said:

I thought I was the only one reading this book

Why's that?

nobody seems to be talking about it and the sales aren't great

@grenadeflow said:

I thought I was the only one reading this book

this book is awesome

I agree. I wish the next issue wasn't the last

Posted by daredevil21134

@micah said:

@grenadeflow said:

I thought I was the only one reading this book

Why's that?

nobody seems to be talking about it and the sales aren't great

@daredevil21134 said:

@grenadeflow said:

I thought I was the only one reading this book

this book is awesome

I agree. I wish the next issue wasn't the last

I thought Carol Danvers was supposed to show up

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Posted by ZbvmX

Still reading this, and I think:

1. This is a super quick read (5minutes tops)

2. Some of the faces that appear way in the background are just drawn blank (See issue #1-2. poor Lila Rhodes)

Posted by RedLantern23

@grenadeflow: same. I even made a thread about it trying to start up a discussion and everyone said they werent reading this series.

Posted by micah

@grenadeflow said:

@micah said:

@grenadeflow said:

I thought I was the only one reading this book

Why's that?

nobody seems to be talking about it and the sales aren't great

@daredevil21134 said:

@grenadeflow said:

I thought I was the only one reading this book

this book is awesome

I agree. I wish the next issue wasn't the last

I thought Carol Danvers was supposed to show up

Next issue it the last??!!? Darn, I was enjoying this series

Posted by KingStandup

This series has really surprised me. I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm also really digging the art!