Infamous Iron Man #3
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils By: Alex Maleev
Colors By: Matt Hollingsworth
What You Need to Know:
Well let’s start. I was going to at first name this review “It’s Clobberin Time!” but that honestly would’ve seemed anti climatic seeing as how that confrontation is not the at the forefront nor is it even the focus of this issue.
What You’ll Find Out:
It’s hardly even in this issue or showcased they show it off for perhaps about 2 or 3 pages and it’s definitely cool to see being a die hard Fantastic Four fan however it’s short-lived as we see Victor teleport himself and Amari to safety. As usual we get to see the awesome product of tech being merged with magic. I do especially like the joke Ben makes stating that he thinks Victor grabbed the wrong armor. Which I do just want to comment on the fact that The Thing like in everything else effectively steals the show and Bendis knows how to right the characters humor and grit.
What Just Happened?
I really like the line Ben throws out when Victor says things are different and Ben simply replies “If I’m still me, and you’re still you…Sure they are.” Because it really does show how simple people’s mindsets can be in situations like this and how warped and incorrect certain perceptions can be but given a reputation like Victor’s can you really blame them? That being said it really just goes to show you how long a way he has to go before he can really be seen as changed or redeemed in the eyes of anyone. Other than this idea not much is really explored other than one big reveal. Which is one that I’m sure everyone has had since the day this series was announced which I won’t reveal here but I will say one thing. It was well worth the wait and oh so satisfactory.
It is beautifully summed up in a 3 noir page splash pages which this reviewer just wants to print out poster sized versions of get them framed and hang them up.The art is top notch to the highest degree and Maleev needs to be commemorated for that. The reveal honestly feels perfectly crafted well thought out, organic, natural, and well in tuned with Victor as a character and I really do believe is one that can resonate with all of us and is just so relatable. Mostly coming down to lack of purpose in life and I’m sure that’s something that everyone of us has felt before in their lives. My last review hit pretty close to what the motivation and reasoning was and it all ties back to Secret Wars and comes together like a nicely wrapped surprise a very welcome one at that.
With all that being said there is another particularly big reveal about someone returning from Victor’s past but that’s as much as I’ll say about that. Anyways to finish this off hats off to Bendis on this series it’s been phenomenal so far and it’s been my favorite series so far and I’m really looking forward to what they’re going to continue doing with it. Honestly the pay off alone on why Victor became Iron Man alone makes this issue a 9.5.