- Written by: Gerry Duggan
- Art by: Andrea Di Vito
- Colors by: Bryan Vale3nza
- Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover art by: Kael Ngu
- Cover price: $3.99
- Release date: May 10, 2023
The Invincible Iron Man #6 takes a break from the “action” for a trip down memory lane to a time when Tony Stark lent the military a hand tracking down a thief who stole experimental tech.
Is It Good?
The Invincible Iron Man #6 is an odd spot in the series to take a breather issue, but here we are. When a series is already having trouble picking up momentum due to the highly decompressed plot, the only reason to take a side trip would be to establish a connection with another character or title for the future. That appears to be the case here.
When last we left Tony Stark, he confronted Feilong at one of Tony’s secret tech facilities. There, Tony learned Howard Stark left Tony the details of a new element, and Feilong used Stark tech to create Iron Sentinels. Now, Tony takes a timeout for some “Dear Diary…” time to recall a past mission involving stolen military tech during his Silver Centurion phase. His investigation leads to Emma Frost.
Is it a good comic? It’s okay. The bottle story has nothing to do with the plot of this title, so what little momentum Gerry Duggan managed to incorporate in the arc is gone. That said, the flashback makes for a mildly fun Iron Man adventure where he’s forced to fight a collection of Spider-Man villains under Emma Frost’s control.
The bridge between the flashback (Emma walks away by wiping Tony’s memory) and now (Tony is writing about a memory that was wiped???) doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s good to see the Silver Centurion armor back in action.
Since this issue takes place in the past, guest artist Andre Di Vito does a commendable job blending the classic styles with modern finishes for a comic that feels like it could have come out of the Bronze Age with more polish than was possible at the time.
Where does the series go from here? Back to the conflict with Feilong, but it’s clear we’ll see Tony Stark encountering Emma Frost again very soon.
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Bits and Pieces
The Invincible Iron Man #6 takes a break from the glacially-paced conflict with Feilong to take a trip back to the Silver Centurion days when Iron Man had a run-in with Emma Frost. The Silver Centurion armor looks great, and Tony’s fight against a crowd of Spider-Man villains is fun, but this issue appears to serve no purpose other than to provide context for a conflict that will happen in another title in the future.