The Buy Pile: Dan Slott's Big Score

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) takes on an between seven to thirteen reviews (or so) to share his opinions with you. Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get those thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down) about all of that ... which goes something like this ...


Tony Stark Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. How do you make people forget about Tony Stark's time as a fascist (two Civil Wars ago)? You do it like this -- by focusing on everything that makes Tony Stark amazing (the futurist, the relentless stream of ideas) you can forgive the things that make him annoying (the ego, the flippancy) and forget about, well, the broken lives caused by his poor decision making in the past few years (despite a reboot of the whole universe, Bill Foster's still dead).

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This book is fun and wholly fits the rebooted billionaire hero. Great work from the creative team of Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, Edgar Delgado and Joe Caramagna. RATING: BUY.

Amazing Spider-Man #801 (Marvel Comics)

Amazing Spider-Man #801
Dan Slott bids a fond farewell to the web slinger in Amazing Spider-Man #801.

Jump from the Read Pile. With a wonderful, self-contained done-in-one that deftly uses just the right amount of the title character, writer Dan Slott . Near the time of his origins, Spider-Man saves a man's life so he can get to say goodbye to an ailing parent. That man then takes note of the second chance throughout the years. He gets a second chance to interact with Spider-Man years later and that story comes to a deft and enjoyable conclusion.

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This falls just shy of being saccharine and schmaltzy and does a great job bringing the everyday heroism of this character home. Kudos to the art team of Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente and Joe Caramagna. RATING: BUY.

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