Suspended Animation
Suspended Animation
by Michael Vance & Dr. Jon Suter

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April 14, 1999

Reviews in this issue:

The Invincible Iron Man
Tyrant #4


The Invincible Iron Man

    "The breeze begets the wind, frosted flake. The wind provokes the storm. And the storm has just begun." 

    Well, duh--uh, Iron Man! 

    That kind of melodramatic sophism directed at villain Jack Frost should come from "the adversary of all order and organization... the teenager named Tony Stark." Tony Stark the adult playboy, industrialist and superhero would never blather... oh, wait a second. 

    This teenager is the adult. 

    That's because the adult Iron Man was killed. Sales were slipping. Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, was replaced through time travel by the teenage version of Tony Stark. 

    That's an educated guess, at best, because the editors, writers and artists of The Invincible Iron Man have done little to make an entry into the series by new readers easy. A summary of events in recent issues would've been nice.

    The writing is nice. 

    Granted, the plot of Iron Man is standard superhero fare. Jack Frost, a scientist made of ice who likes his entire world "on the rocks" is spreading mayhem and giving Iron Man the cold shoulder. Iron Man, who has his own set of teenage problems, stops him. 

    But usual melodramatic superhero dialog is elevated by the writer's sense of humor, timing is flawless, the characters are interesting, and Jack Frost is dramatic.

    The art is very nice. 

    An emphasis on design over realistic art is entertaining, uncluttered backgrounds, and all of the elements of visual storytelling are fun and clear. 

    The art isn't standard superhero fare. 

    What isn't clear is why so much effort was made to revitalize this comic by major plot and character changes just to cloud the new premise. 

    Oh, well, I'm sure they'll iron out the problems. 

    Recommended. 

    The Invincible Iron Man #s 327 & 328 are 22 pages at $1.50 each. Published by Marvel, the writer is Terry Kavanagh. Jimmy Cheung and Dave Hoover provide the art. Iron Man is sold in comic shops, on newsstands and by mail.


Tyrant #4

     The quintessential comic book for now about yesterday will remain the best in the future. It's dinosaur heaven.


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