inferiorego's Iron Man 2.0 #4 - Palmer Addley is Dead, Part 4 review

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Review: Iron Man 2.0

Who is Palmer Addley? Don't worry, you'll know for sure by the end of this issue.

The Good

I'm usually a huge fan of Ariel Olivetti's art. This is the first time it's hit or miss for me from panel to panel. (Explained more in the bad section) His artwork really is beautiful in this issue, and Nick Spencer's writing, overall is great. I'm a fan of both of these creators and that's probably why I'm so disappointed by this issue.


The Bad

My number one pet peeve with a giant bullet is when artists incorporate real pictures into their art. Something about it rubs me the wrong way, and Olivetti does it on three separate occasions. He takes a picture for the background, plasters his character into the foreground and that's that. Suspension of disbelief is completely gone, and all I can focus on, as the reader is the moderately photo-shopped tree right behind the character. He is one of my favorite artists, but this was a big let down.

Nick Spencer is a fantastic writer, but this issue was nothing more than an uninteresting, talking-head documentary. Don’t just tell me what happened to this character, show me what happened. I’m not a fan of the court-room dramas, and this issue has the feel of every interrogation scene in every court-room drama television show.

Last, but not least, James Rhodes is not in this book. There is not one ounce of War Machine floating around.

The Verdict

Ouch. Not a good issue. It’s two creators I really like, but together, this issue is a dull, lifeless story that really bums me out. It’s not interesting, and it’s not worth your time. The writing is dull, and the art work is distracting because of its incorporation of photography into the pages. I’m sad to say, don’t pick this one up.

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