PREVIEW: Defenders #4

It’s the book that MTV says is “big, bold and bravura work” and we have your first look atDefenders #4! From the creative team of Matt Fraction and Michael Lark, Doctor Strange embarks on an all new mission after discovering the mysterious Concordance Engine! Can the former Sorcerer Supreme unlock it’s secrets without damaging the very fabric of the Marvel Universe? Find out in Defenders #4, hitting store shelves and theMarvel Comics app everywhere this March!

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PREVIEW: Marvel Unveils Cover To AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1!

This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the jaw-dropping cover to Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 by superstar artist Jim Cheung! From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Cyclops and his team believe the arrival of the Phoenix Force will save mutantkind, but Captain America is convinced it will destroy the world! But who is right? Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

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REVIEW: Invincible Iron Man #14

“World’s Most Wanted: Part 7 – the Shape of the World These Days”

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Variant Cover: Marc Silvestri
Assistant Editor: Alejandro Arbona
Editor: Warren Simons
Publisher: Marvel Comics

“World’s Most Wanted” continues with this issue as Tony makes his way to Russia. Maria is making her move and it involves a certain Widow. Pepper makes her move to find Tony. Norman makes his move to follow Pepper. And Madame Masque seems to be keeping ahead of everyone.

There’s a certain joy I get out of reading Invincible Iron Man each month. There are a lot of comics that I enjoy reading, but there are few of them that I have been reading since the mid 1980s that I still read and enjoy. “World’s Most Wanted” is becoming that story that I tell people they need to read if they got upset with Marvel for the treatment of Tony Stark during Civil War and Secret Invasion. I have that thought in the back of my mind that this storyline has the potential of being one of those great Iron Man stories that people talk about for decades, and we’re not done yet.

Matt Fraction has always had a great handling of the characters he writes. There’s that uncanny ability that he wields where he can remind fans why it’s fun to read comic books without making the stories over the top or self-serving. The characters come across very naturally and the dialogue never seems forced. Iron Man needed that kind of treatment. The fans needed that kind of treatment. Fraction brings to the take a good and entertaining story that new and old fans of Tony Stark and Iron Man can enjoy together.

The writing on this series has been top notch since the first issue and the art is no different. Salvador Larroca, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna come to this series with their A-game and it shows with every flip of the page. The craft of storytelling through art is so important when it comes to comics and these artists deliver.

I could probably read only one Marvel series and have it be Invincible Iron Man. The writing is great. The art is superb. I’m looking forward to a long, adventurous run on this series from Fraction, Larroca, D’Armata, and Caramagna. I hope Marvel lets them.