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Iron Man #415

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2003
By: Tim Hartnett



Writer: Robin Laws
Artists: Robert Teranishi and Eric Cannon

Publisher: Marvel

NOTE: In the past, I believe I've referred Robin Laws as a "she." I apologize for the error.

I really liked this one. Robin Laws is shaping up a pretty good run, albeit short one; he'll be leaving the book in time. Robert Teranishi comes on as artist, improving upon the work of long-time Iron Man artist, Michael Ryan. The only problem with this story is, once again, it seems to be written for a trade paperback (although it's only three issues), drawing out the story where it doesn't need to be. Thus it loses the fourth bullet because of this.

Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man goes to Las Vegas in this one, following up on some mysterious murders. This is set against the background of many personal problems; the alleged departure of his girlfriend, and company in shambles. Mr. Laws is a very literate individual, and it really shows in this one. His script consists of several references to non-comic things, including baccarat, old Thunderbirds, and other subject matter associated with Sin City. Most pleasing, he does this through the first person narrative of Tony Stark, adding a very interesting characterization of the infamous millionaire and Avenger. In addition, I feel like I actually got my $2.25 worth.

Although there are several one-paged spreads, including the introductory page, it actually took me a few minutes to read this one. There's some nice dialogue here, even if it does take itself too seriously at times, and the story moves along well, up until the climax at the end. I've yet to read the next part of the arc, but I'm sure it could've been written to fit into just one book; just a preference of mine.

Mr. Teranishi is a very welcome addition to the book this month. His storytelling is excellent; he is able to convey several different parts of the plot in just one panel. He's also very talented as an artist in general; not very many lines---simple but detailed. I'm glad to see the new creative team using their talents to a creative advantage.

It should have gotten four silver bullets, except for a somewhat mediocre climax. Consider it a B, but this creative team gets many accolades for a wonderful effort.



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