Iron Man: Legacy #4
Marvel Comics (September 2010)WRITER: Fred Van Lente PENCILER: Steve Kurth INKER: Allen Martinez COLORIST: John Rauch LETTERER: Dave Lanphear COVER ART: Brandon Peterson ASSISTANT EDITORS: Alejandra Arbona & Charlie Beckerman EDITOR: Ralph Macchio
Gyrich has Pepper arrested. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom is using the Starktech stolen from the mobile base to create more fake Iron Men. Tony attempts to confront the controllers of the robots, but is interrupted by Radioactive Man (not the Bongo/Simpsons character) and then by the current Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man. This is keeping with Stark’s plans, as is the arrival of the fake Iron Men.
What they got right: The artwork continues to impress, at least most of the time.
What they got wrong: The story doesn’t. It’s not bad, per say. Fred Van Lente is still a great storyteller. However, this is a lot darker than a lot of his works, and the fun I’ve come to associate with his stories is now pretty much gone.
Recommendation: I personally don’t care for it, but I can’t necessarily recommend avoiding it. It’s well done and I can’t say I’m not looking forward to seeing the ending, but it’s just not to my personal taste. I probably won’t be continuing this series once this arc ends.
Tomorrow’s Comic> Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes #4
Hmmm….Iron Man or Steve Rogers? Buy a comic about Captain America as a Secret Agent so boring that he could make my nephew’s nursery rhymes seem more exciting by comparison or buy a comic about Iron Drunk, the world’s most unlikeable hero and his adventures in re-fighting battles that already were played out in the 70’s.
Hmmm….tough choice! =)
Legacy is supposed to take place in the past, as dragged through the sliding timeline so Marvel can keep everyone the same age. And really, the writers mention his alcoholism now and then, but it’s more other sources that won’t let go of the drinking issue, like Attack of the Show, which I stopped watching quite a while ago when it started getting too political minded and celebrating drug use.
“Legacy is supposed to take place in the past, as dragged through the sliding timeline so Marvel can keep everyone the same age. ”
Marvel apparently thinks that the Time-Space Continuum is silly putty.
“And really, the writers mention his alcoholism now and then, but it’s more other sources that won’t let go of the drinking issue…”
True. Though admittedly if I was stuck in the Ultimates universe I would probably start hitting the sauce myself.
“…like Attack of the Show, which I stopped watching quite a while ago when it started getting too political minded…”
“Politically Minded”? Is that what they call “a-crappy-show-with-pretensions-to-greatness-that-are-far-beyond-its-abilities-and-instead-submit-to-nonsense-and-pseudohistory/pseudophilosophy-that-would-only-impress-people-who-hadn’t-opened-a-book-since-the-fourth-grade-in-an-effort-to-not-appear-sophomoric” these days? I have to admit, “Politically Minded” is certainly easier to write.
I’m not sure where your political affiliations lie, but that show, which used to be pretty good before they expanded the format, has been in the Obama camp since the election. X-Play at least will rag on both sides, but AOTS has a definite opinion. (Oddly in favor of the political side that tends to be the most anti-videogame.)
As far as the timeline being “silly putty”, this is also DC’s failing, perhaps worse since they’ll cosmically reboot it in an overextending event that only ends up doing the things the original Crisis on Infinite Earths got wrong while replacing what they did right with even more wrong.