Tag Archives: frank d’armata

Review: Iron Man #3

Iron Man #3

The latest volume of Iron Man has been a solid start. For three issues we’ve explored Tony Stark as a person as he attempts to find his place in the world. With Patsy Walker helping to guide him, we get to see different aspects of the character. And, we get to see the start of what’s likely to define him for some time. Iron Man #3 is a fun read and a good chapter in the opening arc but it also isn’t all that memorable. It’s a bit rushed at times getting to its latter half a bit too quickly. It feels compressed in its story.

Writer Christopher Cantwell knocks it out of the park as he explores characters. It’s the dive into the psyche that’s interesting. The first two issues focused on Tony attempting to find his place, a person with unease. Cantwell’s Tony Stark is a Gen-Xer who is at the point in their life they question what they’ve been doing. Did they do what they wanted? What will their legacy be? As someone in that position, it’s something I can relate to.

Iron Man #3 gets us to the next phase of that introspection, we question why others aren’t grateful. With Tony attempting to do the hero thing, he’s noticing how the public is reacting more. It’s something he’s focused on and it’s frustrating him. He doesn’t know how to act. Cantwell could easily take it all down a very dark route but he ads in a lot of humor as Iron Man tussles with various villains. There are truly great moments and a few that got me to laugh.

It’s the latter half of the comic that’s the issue as Tony checks on his investment. That all has reveals that are a bit too quick and feels like a segment better suited for the fourth issue (assuming this is a five issue arc). That “rushed” feeling is compounded by a segment with Tony in coach on an airplane. That part is something that could have been mined for comedic gold and also told us more about who Tony is now and who he wants to be. It’s a quick moment that actually should have played out longer.

It’s a comic that feels like it gets from A to D rushing through B and skipping C. By the end, I felt like I missed something in a previous issue but the reality is the main villain is never really set up well to make readers care. He’s a classic villain, and that’s about what we’ve gotten.

The art by Cafu is amazing though. There is truly great art here and it’s helped by Frank D’Armata‘s color. The early parts of the comic and the end fight all look fantastic with some really interesting visuals and color pops. Iron Man has rarely looked better and his villains are the same. There’s just something about this art that really clicks for me.

There’s nothing bad about Iron Man #3 at all. It’s a solid comic with an interesting story and great art. As a chapter of the opening arc, it’s fantastic. But, the arc so far isn’t anything that’s jumping out as an instant classic. It is fantastic storytelling though. It’s also a great exploration of Tony Stark as a person. If you’re a fan of Iron Man, Cantwell, or Cafu, it’s an issue to check out but for new readers, this isn’t one that’ll hook you.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Cafu
Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyAmazonKindleZeus Comics

Earl Preview: King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Written by Peter David
Art by Greg Land
Inks by Jay Leisten
Colors by Frank D’Armata
40 PGS. /Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Knull, the KING IN BLACK, has set his sights on Earth – but as avid Marvelites already know, his hand has been at work at the edge of the Marvel Universe for years! IN THIS SERIES, witness one of Knull’s earliest attempts at birthing life from the darkness of non-creation! From superstar creators PETER DAVID and GREG LAND comes a titanic tie-in tale to this year’s winter epic KING IN BLACK!

King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Web of Venom: Empyre’s End #1 Arrives in November. Get this Early Look!

Web of Venom: Empyre’s End #1

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Art by Guiu Vilanova
Colors by Frank D’Armata
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $4.99

KNULL IS COMING VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
SPINNING OUT OF EMPYRE, KNULL’S DOMAIN BEGINS!

FOR WEEKS, chaos engulfed Earth and space alike. First, the corpse of serial killer Cletus Kasady was bonded to a remnant of a mysteriously powerful alien symbiote, resurrecting his psychotic alter ego, Carnage.

THEN, the generations-long Kree/Skrull conflict reached a brutal head on Earth, with shocking and unforeseen consequences.

MEANWHILE one ancient entity at the edge of the universe has awoken. Born of hate and darkness, it’s the entity that feeds on chaos and brutality-and one group of unlucky fighters is about to face it head-on…

Web of Venom: Empyre’s End #1

Review: Iron Man #1

Iron Man #1

Tony Stark has been through a lot lately. He died, came back sort of, died again, and is back? Whatever, it’s information that’s not needed to enjoy the brand new Iron Man #1. The newest volume is a flag planted in the ground giving us a clear idea of this latest iteration of the character and what his focus is on.

Written by Christopher Cantwell, Iron Man #1 is the mid-life crisis of a superhero. It’s a fantastic debut that’s new-reader friendly but also should be engaging and interesting for new readers. The issue has Tony Stark going back to basics. He’s divested himself from Stark Unlimited and wants to focus on simpler things. As he states it “machines should be building machines now,” and he wants to remember what it’s like to be “human.”

Tony is trying to find his role and what he should do next. He’s street racing, moved across the country, and attempting to connect with people. I say attempting.

Cantwell does an amazing job at the mid-life crisis of the white male. There’s so many interesting things and small details in this comic. As someone who might be about Tony’s age and in a similar headspace (without the money) I can’t help but connect and relate to where he’s at. There’s a complication in life that has compounded and there’s a want to focus on those things that bring enjoyment and create fulfillment (woe it is to be a while middle-aged man).

Cantwell delivers that very human aspect to the character in a story and direction that’s familiar. Tony has lost his fortune before and gotten “back to basics” multiple times. But, it’s that focus on the individual that makes the issue interesting. This is a very human Tony Stark. Cantwell has been a master of this type of storytelling giving a similar focus on Doctor Doom, one of the best new series to debut recently.

The art by Cafu is fantastic. With color by Frank D’Armata and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art has a painted style that’s reminiscent of Adi Granov’s work in the modern classic Iron Man: Extremis storyline. Much like Cantwell’s story, there’s a focus on the small details like a look of the eyes and body language. These tell as much as the dialogue being spoken. There’s also an interesting use of social media visually giving us quick hits of information that again layers on the rich worldbuilding of the story. The team does a fantastic job of mixing action and quieter moments. The comic has some great action moments. It also has some very human moments as well.

Iron Man #1 is a Tony Stark that I can connect to. It’s not for everyone but it delivers a man who was on top of the world and is trying to find purpose. It’s a comic that realizes that there’s a man within the suit and Tony Stark has to be more than just his company and fancy toys. There’s a person that looks to be facing a mid-life crisis. It’s something that’s relatable for many. It also reminds us that many of those that are super are also very much like us underneath.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Cafu
Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXoloyKindleZeus Comics

Go Behind the Scenes with Christopher Cantwell’s Blueprints for Iron Man

Tony Stark reignites his engine next month, when Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell ushers in a new age for the armored Avenger in Iron Man #1. Joined by top artists CAFU and Frank D’Armata, Cantwell promises to take Tony Stark back to basics, putting aside his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty as a Super Hero again. Suited up in brand-new armor designed by the legendary Alex Ross, Tony will struggle to keep his Stark-sized ego in check when a deadly threat emerges from his past.

Discover the inner workings of Tony Stark as he soars into the future when Iron Man #1 goes on sale September 16th!

Enter the Phoenix with These Variant Covers in November

“I AM PHOENIX!” Those immortal words will take on new life this December when Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s next great Avengers epic, “Enter the Phoenix,” begins. To anticipate the return of the cosmic chaos-bringer, your favorite Marvel characters will be reborn as Phoenix hosts this November in astonishing variant covers by some of the industry’s top artists including Salvador Larroca, Kris Anka, and Aaron Kuder. Captain America, Black Panther, and She-Hulk are no longer the heroes you knew as they bond with the Phoenix Force to spread rebirth—or destruction—throughout the Marvel Universe. In the end, only one will be chosen to wield this terrifying and great power when the Phoenix Force chooses a new host.

Find out more when “Enter the Phoenix” begins this December but in the meantime, check out the Phoenix Variant covers listed below and keep your eyes peeled for more coming your way in November!

  • AVENGERS #38 BLACK PANTHER PHOENIX VARIANT COVER by AARON KUDER with colors by MATTHEW WILSON
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 CAPTAIN AMERICA PHOENIX VARIANT COVER by SALVADOR LARROCA with colors by FRANK D’ARMATA
  • DOCTOR DOOM #9 DOCTOR DOOM PHOENIX VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • IMMORTAL HULK #40 SHE-HULK PHOENIX VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #26 NAMOR PHOENIX VARIANT COVER by KRIS ANKA

Review: Spider-Woman #1

Jessica Drew has bills to pay but hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. The mystery of what’s up, with a brand new costume, starts here!

Story: Karla Pacheco
Art: Pere Pérez, Paulo Siqueura
Ink: Oren Junior
Color: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW
Zeus Comics

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Review: Dawn of X Vol. 3

Want to get into Marvel’s X-Men relaunch? They’ve made it easy with Dawn of X collections that package all of the comics of the same number!

Dawn of X Vol. 3 includes the third issue for X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, and Fallen Angels.

Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Ed Brisson, Benjamin Percy, Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Michele Bandini, Elisabetta D’Amico, Marcus To, Flaviano, Joshua Cassara, Szymon Kudranski
Color: Sunny Gho, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Carlos Lopez, Guru-eFX, Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Cory Petit, Travis Lanham, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on March 24! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW
Zeus Comics

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Review: Dawn of X Vol. 1

Dawn of X is well into the launch and Marvel is bundling issues of the new X-Men line of comics in easy to consumer trades.

Dawn of X Vol. 1 includes first issues of X-Men, Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, and Fallen Angels. Read reviews of each issue at the links.

Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Ed Brisson, Benjamin Percy, and Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Matteo Lolli, Marcus To, Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara, Szymon Kudranski
Color: Sunny Gho, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniego, Rod Reis, Dean White, Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Cory Petit, Travis Lanham, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on February 25! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Review: Conan: Serpent War #1

More of Robert E. Howard’s creations come to the Marvel Universe teaming up with… Moon Knight?!

Story: Jim Zub
Art: Scot Eaton, Vanesa R. Del Rey
Ink: Scott Hanna
Color: Frank D’Armata, Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

« Older Entries