There was a surprise end to the race.

Invincible Iron Man #7

Marvel Comics (January, 2009)

“The Five Nightmare” epilogue: ” Clifton Pollard

WRITER: Matt Fraction

ARTIST: Salvador Larroca

COLORIST: Frank D’Armata

LETTERER: Joe Caramagna

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Alejandro Arbona

EDITOR: Warren Simons

Peter is brought by Ben Urich to a press conference, leading to him meeting with Tony. (This would be after One More Day but still during the period of the Superhero Registration Act.) This leads to Spider-Man tagging along with Iron Man on a series of clean-up operations, including revisiting someone from a New Avengers story that collects supervillain memorabilia (aka old costumes he likes to put on because he’s a bit weird). The title refers to a journalist who wrote a story about the man who dug the grave for John F. Kennedy, which is one of Urich’s inspirations, tied to a picture Peter has to take of Tony.

What they got right: Spidey, or rather Peter, is following Tony around to get a photo that captures the real Tony, which turns out to be him trying to deal with the fallout of previous events (only one of which I’m partly aware of) and we do get some insight into Tony’s life as superhero, businessman, and SHIELD director, which is the point of the story. I don’t have a problem with this. I also like seeing Spidey and Shellhead teaming up again.

What they got wrong: Maybe it works better as part of the “Five Nightmares” storyline but on its own not much really happens. It’s all about Peter/Spider-Man looking for a particular shot, Spider-Man’s currently secret identity (thanks to One More Day) violating the SRA and Tony not sure he wants to work with a current fugitive, and yet he does. Tony’s revelation really doesn’t come until the end. Like I said, not much really happens as a solo issue.

Recommendation: Which is why I can’t recommend it, at least without the story that it’s an epilogue to. But since I haven’t read that I can’t tell you if it’s worth getting. I just know this issue really isn’t.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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