Invincible Iron Man #30
Title: Stark Resilient Part 6: Tony, We Don’t Want to Destroy You
Writer: Matt Fraction
Pencils: Salvador Larroca
Inks: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover: Salvador Larroca
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Tony’s “date” with Sasha Hammer takes a turn for the dangerous when she decides to test the limits of his new abilities. Pepper Potts, meanwhile, has fully recovered from the implantation of the new Stark technology in her chest – so when Stark gets it trouble, it’s Rescue to the… well… Rescue.
There’s a lot of cool stuff in here, including a nice, organic way to show off some of Tony’s new abilities. Too often, a moment like that is played poorly, with a boring infodump or a really convoluted situation that somehow turns out to be perfectly suited to the hero’s burgeoning powers. Here, we’ve got a case where Sasha is actively testing him, trying to figure out his limits and how big a threat he may pose to Detroit Steel. The confrontation works, and Pepper’s charging to the scene similarly comes off as natural and not meddlesome.
Larroca’s artwork is pretty good, and made better by the always-strong color work of Frank D’Armata. On any book that he graces, he helps the pages come alive and turn into really vivid, almost living images. He manages to make the pages look quasi-realistic without making them suffer from the still photo syndrome that strikes a lot of artists that strive for realism.
Good issue of one of Marvel’s better A-list series. Iron Man has begun to earn his place as one of Marvel’s flagship heroes.