Mind Capsules – Invincible Iron Man #4 and Nailbiter #18

Invincible Iron Man #4
Invincible Iron Man #4

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – David Marquez
Colours – Justin Ponsor
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

It always seems a little unfair when Iron Man fights ninjas as they really have no hope of winning, simply because of the suit and all that is. But these ninjas wear a sort of armour-tech all their own, not to mention having energy swords that can do Tony some damage. Yet, at the end of the day, our hero manages to pull off another win because his new armour can essentially form itself into anything he might need depending on the situation. So with a ninja menace comes samurai armour, swords and all. That aside, Tony visits some sick kids, wonders where Doctor Doom is, which is in the hallway outside, and heads off to help save Mary Jane’s new nightclub from Madame Masque as she has now located to Los Angeles. Brian Michael Bendis and his partner in crime David Marquez, pack this book full of action for the first half and some good comedy-drama during the latter. The one thing you can never call this new Iron Man title is lacking, because it hits all the right notes each and every time. Tony is suave, sophisticated and full of himself which gives him just the right amount of humility, though you have to keep your eyes peeled to see it. His conversations with Friday are a lot of fun and though only an artificial intelligence, she has become a very important supporting character in her own right. Tony is still puzzled over just what it is that Whitney Frost wants with all the mystical items, not to mention the ninjas who make an appearance this issue as there are no clues whatsoever to identify them by. He also wonders about Victor Von Doom and just what it is he wants and who also makes a return this issue. Marquez illustrates it all quite beautifully and this book has become one of the best looking titles being put out today. He also manages to make Mary Jane Watson, one of the most stunning ladies in comics look even more so as she makes her debut in the latest story and it sees her wanting to make a fresh start without all the super-villains of New York, though it is more wishful thinking on her part. Marvel has picked Iron Man to lead the pack in this latest reboot and so far, their faith has been justified as it is a pure joy to read with every single issue.

4 out of 5

Nailbiter #18
Nailbiter #18

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski
Letters – John J. Hill

The lead suspect in the Devil murders does not seem to be the guilty party according to Finch, but he and Barker follow him around as he is related to one of the Buckaroo Butchers and it cannot be a coincidence that he is involved. Poor Daniel (the suspect) has it rough though when the truth comes out and as the day wears on; Finch and Barker think they are getting closer to some sort of revelation. Joshua Williamson and the team continue to pour on the suspense as things start to heat up once again and we finally get a look at the incident that set Finch on his current path. Readers have been waiting a long time to see what had happened, with only hints and mentions along the way to tell us about the moment Finch messed up and now, Williamson and Mike Henderson bring it to life. At this point in time, Finch thinks it is too late to turn back the clock and in one respect he is right and as such, he does not care what he has to do to get the answers he needs. But in thinking he has nothing left to lose, Finch is becoming a little reckless and it is starting to show in everything that he does. Back in Buckaroo, Crane is looking for answers as well for the mystery of the Butchers, and the new one that made himself known, is still alive and she needs to know all there is before she can get on with her life. The best thing about this book is that it always keeps you guessing and you are always on the edge of your seat waiting to see where it goes next. At times it can be infuriating for sure because you have to wait a month between issues, but as it stands, Nailbiter keeps bringing you back no matter what happens and that above all else, is a good thing.

4 out of 5

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