Vintage Viewpoints: Iron Man 148

Vintage Viewpoints: Iron Man 148

Some people ask me why I gave up on current comics. I answer that I didn’t; current comics gave up on me.

Don’t misunderstand me; I don’t oppose change simply because it’s different from what I grew up with. What I don’t like is when established characters are given a 180-degree about face, made to act completely in opposition to the way they’d been written for decades before. I’ve always said that a good writer can make stories that fit established characters, while a sloppy writer will change characters to fit his stories.

Case in point: Iron Man. For a long time he was my favorite comics character, but not very popular overall. In recent years, Marvel has made him a top moneymaker—by removing almost all the qualities that made him my favorite. He has been presented as a power-mad puppet master; and not only is this a complete reversal of his established character, they have tried to make us believe that he has been like this all the time, with this “Illuminati” nonsense that has apparently been going on behind the scenes since right after the Kree-Skrull War. I call B.S. on that.

 

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I don’t think any single story illustrates my point any better than <I>Iron Man</I> (Volume One) #148, cover-dated July 1981. Co-written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton, penciled by John Romita Jr. and inked by Layton, this story is, simply put, a masterpiece. It’s a self-contained story, begun and finished in a single issue (yes, kids, they really did used to do that!).

 

 

 

Tony Stark gets word that his plant in a South American country with the (perhaps unimaginative) name of Costa Diablo has been taken over by revolutionaries who have taken over the country. His first, and only, priority, is to get his employees out; he is not worried about loss of his property or his technology, but about people’s lives. At first he tries going through proper channels, but when the American government takes a wait-and-see attitude, he takes matters into his own hands. As Iron Man he rescues the Stark employees being held in a lab facility, being forced to work for the new regime.

IM148_13He learns from them that Ricardo Pruz, the chief administrator of the plant, is being held at the headquarters of the regime. Pruz is not only a trusted employee, but someone Stark counts as a friend. After safely seeing the employees to a waiting jet piloted by Jim Rhodes, Iron Man heads to the regime headquarters. After easily wading through their defenses, he learns to his horror that Pruz is actually the brains behind the revolution. He leaves, after giving a short speech on the dangers of seeking power for its own sake. In the epilogue, we learn that shortly afterward, General Caligerra, the “puppet” leader of the revolution, had executed Pruz to obtain the true power for himself.

 

 

IM148_32THAT is the Iron Man I know, folks. The one Marvel has tried to make us accept for the past ten years or so is an imposter. Accept no substitutes!

 

 

 

 

 

This review was contributed by a third party author.  Viewpoints and opinions expressed in the above may not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of MUReview.net, or ownership of MUReview.net.

Comic Releases 4/1/15

Comic Releases 4/1/15

Comic ListListed below is a mostly complete list of all planned comic releases for 4/1/15.  This list is subject to change and is not assumed to be entirely complete until all releases are actually in store. Also, if I’m totally wrong, oh well…  If you are looking for the official list of comics out this week, check out ComicList.com.

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spider-Man #17 (Avengers Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #17 (Humberto Ramos Regular Cover), $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #17 (W. Scott Forbes WTD Variant Cover), AR
Avengers #43, $3.99
Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Avengers Everybody Wants To Rule The World Prose Novel HC, $24.99
Avengers Millennium #1 (Of 4), $3.99
Avengers Rage Of Ultron HC, $24.99
Avengers Scarlet Witch By Dan Abnett And Andy Lanning TP, $24.99
Avengers The Vibranium Collection Slipcase HC, $200.00
Avengers Ultron Forever #1 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $4.99
Avengers Ultron Forever #1 (AU Movie Connecting Variant Cover B), AR
Avengers Ultron Forever #1 (AU Movie Connecting Variant Cover C), AR
Avengers Ultron Forever #1 (Mike McKone Avengers Variant Cover Cover), AR
Avengers Ultron Forever #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
Cyclops #12 (Alexander Lozano Regular Cover), $3.99
Cyclops #12 (Andrea Sorrentino Cosmically Enhanced Variant Cover), AR
Dark Tower The Drawing Of Three House Of Cards #2 (Of 5), $3.99
Darth Vader #1 (Adi Granov 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Darth Vader #2 (Adi Granov 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
George Romero’s Empire Of The Dead Act Three #1 (Of 5)(Francesco Mattina Regular Cover), $3.99
George Romero’s Empire Of The Dead Act Three #1 (Of 5)(Phil Noto Variant Cover), AR
Guardians Of The Galaxy Best Story Ever #1 (One Shot), $3.99
Guardians Team-Up #4, $3.99
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #11, $3.99
Kanan The Last Padawan #1 (Blank Variant Cover), AR
Kanan The Last Padawan #1 (Kilian Plunkett Variant Cover), AR
Kanan The Last Padawan #1 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $3.99
Kanan The Last Padawan #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
Kanan The Last Padawan #1 (Star Wars Rebels Television Show Variant Cover), AR
Last Day Postcard (Promotional Item), AR
Marvel Masterworks The Avengers Volume 1 HC (New Printing), $49.99
Marvel Masterworks The Invincible Iron Man Volume 1 HC (New Printing), $49.99
New Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Once Upon A Time Out Of The Past HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Operation S.I.N. #4 (Of 5), $3.99
Punisher #17, $3.99
Return Of The Living Deadpool #3 (Of 4), $3.99
Rocket Raccoon #10 (Rob Guillory WTD Variant Cover), AR
Rocket Raccoon #10 (Skottie Young Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider-Gwen #1 (Javier Rodriguez 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
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Spider-Gwen #3 (Yasmine Putri Variant Cover), AR
Star Wars #1 (John Cassaday 4th Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
True Believers Age Of Apocalypse #1, $1.00
True Believers Marvel Zombies #1, $1.00
Uncanny Avengers #3 (Amanda Conner Women Of Marvel Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Avengers #3 (Daniel Acuna Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #3 (Mike Deodata Jr. Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Bill Ward WTD Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Jerome Opena Inhuman 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Jim Cheung Connecting Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Mike Perkins Avengers Variant Cover) Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Simone Bianchi Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Siya Oum Variant Cover), AR
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Steve McNiven Regular Cover), $4.99
Weirdworld Warriors Of Shadow Realm TP, $34.99
Wolverines #13, $3.99

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New Teen Titans Volume 2 TP, $19.99
Sinestro Annual #1, $4.99
Superman Wonder Woman #17 (Ed Benes Combo Pack Cover), $4.99
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Teen Titans Annual #1, $4.99
Wolf Moon #5 (Of 6), $3.99
Wonder Woman #40 (David Finch & Batt Black & White Cover), AR
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Blackcross #2 (Of 6)(Cover C Gabriel Hardman), $3.99
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Blackcross #2 (Of 6)(Gabriel Hardman Black & White Variant Cover), AR
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Looking For Group #1 (Becky Dreistadt Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Looking For Group #1 (Blank Authentix Variant Cover), AR
Looking For Group #1 (Cover A Ty Templeton), $4.99
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Mercy Thompson #6 (Of 6)(Cover A Tom Garcia), $3.99
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Pathfinder Origins #3 (Of 6)(Cover A Stjepan Sejic), $4.99
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Uncanny Season 2 #1 (Of 6)(Aaron Campbell Virgin Variant Cover), AR
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Best of EC Volume 2 Artist’s Edition HC, $95.00
Cerebus High Society Digital Audio Visual Experience DVD Set, $39.99
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Dead Squad #5, $3.99
Deadlands Dead Man’s Hand TP, $19.99
Dragons Gold Card Game, $39.99
Drones #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Ramon Villalobos), $3.99
Drones #1 (Of 5)(Cover SUB Bruno Oliveira), $3.99
Empire Uprising #1 (Cover A Barry Kitson), $3.99
Empire Uprising #1 (Cover SUB Barry Kitson), $3.99
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #212 (Cover A S.L. Gallant), $3.99
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #212 (Cover RI Larry Hama), AR
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G.I. JOE A Real American Hero Volume 11 TP, $19.99
Galaxy Quest The Journey Continues #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Nacho Arranz), $3.99
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Haunted Horror #16 (Cover A George Roussos), $3.99
Jem And The Holograms #1 Complete 5 Cover Holographic Foil Box Set, $24.99
John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition HC, AR
Maxx Maxximized #17 (Cover A Sam Kieth), $3.99
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Miami Vice Remix #2 (Of 5)(Cover A Jim Mahfood), $3.99
Millennium #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Menton J. Matthews III), $3.99
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Milt Gross’ New York HC, $24.99
My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #1 (Of 5)(Sombra)(Cover A Amy Mebberson), $3.99
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Samurai Jack Volume 3 Quest For The Broken Blade TP, $19.99
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Star Trek Gold Key Archives Volume 3 HC, $29.99
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Transformers #40 (Cover A Casey W. Coller), $3.99
Transformers #40 (Cover RI Hasbro Combiner Wars Poster), AR
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Transformers Volume 7 TP, $19.99
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WEIRD Love #6 (Cover A Unknown), $3.99
Winterworld The Stranded Volume 2 TP, $17.99
X-Files Season 10 #22 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99
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Graveyard Shift #4 (Of 4), $3.50
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Attributed to: ComicList: The New Comic Book Releases List to Charles LePage @ ComicList.com

Comic of the Week: AvsX Round 8

Comic of the Week: AvsX Round 8

This past week was a solid one for comics.  I found myself drawn to a number of issues, but I managed to narrow this weeks selection to  “AvsX Round 8.”  We are knee deep in Avengers vs. X-Men and things are revving up as we head into the final act.  “AvsX Round 8” written by an all-star list of Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman and art by Adam Kubert, John Dell, Laura Martin and Larry Molinar keeps that moment going.  Do you think they have enough people working on these books?

If you haven’t been paying attention to this event shame on you. The Phoenix Five are making over our world in their image and have been taking plenty of prisoners when it comes to the Avengers.  Cyclops said it best when he uttered the words “No more Avengers” a few issues back.  Most of the team is already imprisoned and the last few holdouts are doing everything they can to keep Hope away from the X-Men.

Fast forward to this issue and it is Namor versus the remaining Avengers and Wakanda is the battlefield.  Namor is a force to be reckoned with on a regular day, but this is no regular day.  He is all charged up with the power of the Phoenix Force and he has had enough of the Avengers.  The battles are epic.  You have Captain America, Red Hulk, Thing, Vision, Iron Fist and the list goes on and on all trying to take down the super charged Namor.  Here is a little teaser:

Can you guess what happens next?

Overall this was a good book and the battle scenes were well worth the cost of entry.  There really hasn’t been a bad issue in this event so far.  I’m excited to see how this all sets up the upcoming transition to Marvel NOW!

Honorable Mention:  Captain Marvel #1 and Fantastic Four #608

Comic of the Week: The Walking Dead #100

Comic of the Week: The Walking Dead #100

All of us have read, seen or heard something that has had a lasting impact on us.  I mean to the point where your heart actually races and you are left wondering if you really just saw what you thought you saw.

“The Walking Dead” #100 written/created by Robert Kirkman and with art by Charlie Adlard does all that and then some.  If you aren’t familiar with the comic you probably at least know about the hit series on AMC.  If you only watch the show you are missing out big time on one of the greatest comic book series of all time.  You always expect big things from any issue #100 and this issue delivers.

Let’s just say this emotional roller coaster of a comic is the equivalent of having your heart ripped out of your chest, placed in a blender with hot sauce and put back neatly into place.  I can honestly say the imagery of this issue is like nothing I have ever seen in a comic.  The scenes in this book will stay burnt in my frontal lobe until the end of time.

Again, I always try to avoid real details of the books I write about or any kind of spoiler.  I am going to hold true to that here.  If you are a fan of the show or the comic this is a must buy/read.  If you haven’t already go to your local comic book store and pick up this issue NOW!

 

That guy on the cover there, his name is Negan.  If I said he was the most vile and disgusting character in all of comics that would be a gross understatement.  He does something very very bad with that bat of his.

I will leave you with that.  This is one for the ages and should not be missed by even the casual reader.

Honorable Mention: Spider-Men #3

 

 

Comic of the Week: Wolverine #310

Comic of the Week: Wolverine #310

The releases for the week of July 4th weren’t exactly stellar.  I quite honestly thought about skipping this week altogether, but in the end narrowed my choice down to Wolverine #310 written by Jeph Loeb and art by Simone Bianchi.

Unlike my first two picks for “Comic of the Week” I’m not going to give a rave review of this book.  The issue is good, not great.  I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Wolverine, but at the very least this book is worth a read if a friend will let you borrow it.

The only reason I say that is because this issue tells you exactly how Sabertooth survived having his head cutoff by Wolverine so many years ago.  I know, just like me you thought Sabertooth is dead for good.  I mean, characters in comic books NEVER come back to life.  Shame on us.

Not only does this issue give you the return of Sabertooth, but we also get the return of Wolverines puppet master, Romulus.  If you don’t know the back story of Romulus I’m sorry, but it is just involved to explain here.  The short of it is basically Romulus claims he is behind everything that has ever happened to Wolverine.

Needless to say we have our typically less than friendly Wolverine all issue.  The biggest plus of this issue is the art style.  The art feels strong and really portrays all these characters very well.

So for that reason borrow this issue and read it.  Please don’t spend money on it unless you are a Wolverine fanatic.

Here is to hoping for better comics come July 11th.  (New Walking Dead this coming week so hopes are high!)

Honorable Mention: NOTHING!

 

Comic of the Week: The Ultimates #12

Comic of the Week: The Ultimates #12

Welcome back ladies and nerds.  For the second edition of “Comic of the Week” I have chosen “The Ultimates #12” written by Sam Humphries and Jonathan Hickman with art by Luke Ross, Ron Garney and Butch Guice.

I am a big fan of the Ultimate universe for its gritty and “realistic” take on the heroes we know and love.  I know many traditionalists have decided to shun this version of their favorite heroes, but I say give me more!  As always I will do my best to avoid any spoilers.  In case you are jumping in starting with this issue here is just a bit of back story.

Captain America has gone into retirement because he feels responsible for the death of Peter Parker.  That leaves Iron Man, Thor and Hawkeye as the main players and of course the omnipresent Nick Fury.  Catastrophic events are occurring all over the world and not enough heroes on hand to deal with them all.  Oh, I forgot to mention all the Ultimates are also wanted fugitives by the United States of America.

***SPOILER ALERT***

It would be extremely hard to talk about this issue without mentioning Reed Richards has returned and that means bad things for The Ultimates since they were the ones who “killed” Reed the first time around.  In this issue Reed continues to show he is willing to go to any lengths to do what he believes is right.  He has created an entire society called “The City” that is superior in every way possible to our own.  He is also extremely upset for being left in space, but then again who wouldn’t be.

Fast forward to this issue and we have hit the final chapter of the story.  We finally get the showdown we have all been waiting for which pits genius versus genius when Reed and Tony Stark come face to face.  This issue gives you a little bit of everything with great action scenes and a heck of a plot twist.  You have Thor, Stark, Reed, Hulk and a few others I won’t mention here to avoid spoiling the story, doing battle on a grand scale.

If you ever asked yourself who would win in a battle of the minds between Stark and Richards you will get your answer in this book.  Egos are abound and we even get to see the worlds first talking tumor.  You read that correct, TALKING TUMOR!  The back and forth banter between these two is worth the price of admission alone.

If you love the Ultimate universe like I do this issue is a must read.  As always enjoy!

Honorable Mention: X-Men Legacy #269