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‘Iron Man #2’ (review)

Written by Christopher Cantwell
Art by Cafu
Published by Marvel Comics

 

Following the first issue, this installment of this Iron Man run has some introspective moments of character building.

All while taking us through a couple of effective action pieces. In some ways, this feels like a real slow burn leading to something larger.

While a brief opening gives us a little more information on what appears to be the villain behind some of what’s happening.

But our first piece of action comes in a toe to toe slugfest with Crusher Creel. Orchestrated by none other than longtime villain Arcade.

The result of this battle is a ton of self doubt on the part of Tony Stark.

Patsy Walker and Tony Stark share a quiet scene.

Tony is doubting his place in the world. In an attempt to meditate. He just finds himself unable to quiet his thoughts.

He doesn’t get much quiet time as Iron Man has to suit up and face off Cardiac. He has kidnapped several Stark scientists and Tony must come to the rescue.

What follows is a rescue attempt so reckless to Tony that one is left to conclude that he’s not well.

While hospitalized, Patsy confronts Tony and gets him to admit the crisis he is currently under.

One of the pleasant surprises is seeing a seemingly platonic relationship between Patsy and Tony. The dynamic of having someone call Tony out, and not have it be during a superhero melee or during a romantic argument, is an interesting one.

After a slow start, Christopher Cantwell gives you more of an idea of what he’s building for Stark/Iron Man.

Cafu’s art really brings pop to the action scenes.

This story seems like it’s building slowly, but it seems worth the patience.

 

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