January 21, 2013

A trade paperback to skip

Just in time for Iron Man 3, Marvel is putting out, well, lameness. It's collecting an incredibly sub-par story arc into a trade paperback (TPB) because, well, the Mandarin is in it. And since he's the baddie in IM3 ...

It's the "Hands of the Mandarin" from the mid-1990s, and it wasn't one of IM scribe Len Kaminski's better efforts. I really dig Len's run on IM (he came up with War Machine, after all), but not this arc. As the TPB blurb says,

And if that wasn't enough, the Mandarin has located the ancient alien artifact known as the Heart of Darkness - and that spells trouble for Tony Stark! Determined to end the age of technology and return the world to a feudal state, the Mandarin and his new Avatars begin an all-out assault on Hong Kong!

Iron Man and magic/sorcery don't mix well. Even Tony Stark himself has said numerous times in his stories how he hates magic. About the only good Iron Man-magic story is David Michelinie and Bob Layton's original "Camelot" tale where Iron Man and Dr. Doom travel back to King Arthur's era. In "Hands," artist Tom Morgan's effort on the Iron Man book is dreadful, and since this is the marquee title of the crossover, it doesn't bode well. War Machine artist Gabe Gecko's work is far superior, but it's not enough to save the story. I wish crossover cover artist Kevin Hopgood was doing the interiors as he was when Kaminski began his run on IM (which includes the aforementioned War Machine and "Death" of Tony Stark).

Save your cash on this one, effendis.

Posted by Hube at January 21, 2013 05:21 PM | TrackBack

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Thanks for the warning, Hube. And yeah, Doomquest is an awesome tale. One of the best time-travel storylines I've ever read!

Posted by: Carl at January 21, 2013 05:36 PM

I should say that Morgan's art looks a lot better in the finale ish (IM #312) -- but only b/c the inker makes it so.

Posted by: Hube at January 21, 2013 05:46 PM

By the way, did they ever explain why Stark hates magic so much?

Posted by: Carl at January 22, 2013 12:16 AM

Sure: It isn't based on science, Tony's expertise. :-)

Posted by: Hube at January 22, 2013 07:38 AM