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Invincible Iron Man #511 - Demon Part 2: Exposure Review

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Stark Resilient goes through a PR disaster while Tony's enemies seem to be mounting a great charge against him. How will our hero cope?

The Good

Seeing Star Resilient get back to "business as usual" definitely seems was the direction I wanted to see this book go in after the craziness that was Fear Itself. I enjoy seeing the little power struggles (and the "mole" problem) get sorted out as Tony manages the PR disaster that happened last issue.

I enjoy this mega-conglomerate of villains that seem to have amassed against Tony, as it has a very "Legion of Doom" feel to it; if there's a weakness that Iron Man's rogues have, it's that they aren't very smart. Throwing a bunch of them into a group really makes them seem more threatening, and even goons like the Living Laser become an integral part of something bigger.

As always, I expect egos to get in the way, especially with Mandarin's little insurance policy resting in the chests of all the affected parties.

The Bad

I feel like this "mole" storyline has been going on for way too long, and needs to be resolved quickly; with a company of just under a dozen people, it seems unlikely that any of the core characters are actively working against it. At the moment, it seems like none of the people suspected would have the access or the motive to betray the company like this, which will either make the reveal more shocking or lame.

The Verdict

Like I said earlier, it seems refreshing to finally move beyond the drama of Fear Itself without actually severing all ties. Things like Paris, Tony's falling off the wagon, Pepper's crying or other key events aren't swept under the rug and continue to affect the ongoing storyline. Instead of being another open-and-shut chapter of Tony's life, Fear Itself planted seeds that are taking root and growing as we speak.

I like seeing that kind of continuity in comics because it rewards the reader for sticking with a series. Too often do we see storylines disrupted by crossovers (or reboots), only to never be mentioned again: seeing Invincible Iron Man sticking to its guns makes me respect the work Fraction et al are putting in.

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