Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #23
Quick Rating: Fair
Stark continues his investigation into Gadget’s death.
Writers: Daniel and Charles Knauf
Art: Butch Guice
Colors: Dean White
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Gerald Parel
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Although the death of the Nebraska Initiative member called Gadget originally appeared to be the work of the villain Graviton, Graviton has maintained his innocence, and Tony Stark has his own reasons to believe the culprit was someone else. He delves deeper into the murder, only to point the finger at her teammate, Paragon. But Paragon isn’t acting on his own either. Tony continues his investigation this issue, pushing himself further and further, until Doc Samson feels the need to issue an order to the director of SHIELD.
There really isn’t too much to say about this issue. It’s not terrible, but it’s not particularly engaging either. As much as I hate to see heroes killed off just for shock value, the truth is that Gadget’s completely unknown status really prevents us from feeling anything here. I’m not saying they should have picked some random B-lister and killed him off (I think we’ve proven quite conclusively that the fans hate that), I’m saying that the mystery isn’t compelling enough to stand up with an unknown victim. Tony, at least, is painted as more human and relatable here than in most Marvel books, but I still don’t find I’m really involved.
Butch Guice and Dean White do a nice job, taking on a nice, fleshed-out tone that’s always been evident in Guice’s work when paired with the right inkers or colorists. His stuff always looks good.
In the end, my only real complaint here is that I just don’t care.