Writer: Gerry Duggan
Art: Juan Frigeri, Bryan Valenza, VC’s Joe Caramagna, and Kael Ngu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 26th, 2023
Tony Stark is at the end of his ropes, so for support, he turns to…Emma Frost?! Will she help Tony overcome the attacks from his new foe, Feilong? Or will the White Queen leave Tony frozen in his tracks? Let’s dive into Invincible Iron Man #5 by Gerry Duggan and find out!
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Invincible Iron Man #5 opens with Tony asking Emma Frost for help. However, she’s just not as prominent as one might expect in the issue. Nevertheless, a different X-Men-related character manages to take the other page count leading towards a more compelling angle involving Feilong and possibly the future Hellfire Gala yet to come. Moreover, Invincible Iron Man #5 paints Feilong as a more formidable opponent for Tony making him come across as even more powerful and invested than he was in the prior issue.
Additionally, Feilong uses his newfound resources to dig up some other interesting information about Tony’s Dad which could become wildly important in the future while also intertwining the characters together making things a bit more personal down the road. Otherwise, nothing too over the top transpires this week providing fans with a pretty average issue still garnering comic fans’ attention. However, there is a few elements of Invincible Iron Man #5 that just seemed to miss the mark entirely. For example, why in the world would Tony fall so easily into a trap even after his discussion with Emma Frost?
Juan Frigeri leads the charge with his artistic chops that provide the new Stark Sentinels as an absolute threat. Moreover, Frigeri illustrates these gargantuan machines in tremendous detail. Readers, these Sentinels are enormous and much more alarming than the ones the X-Men had to deal with. Additionally, Joe Caramagna persists with his action blows and sound effects. Overall, the art isn’t immaculate but it glistens where it needs to.
Invincible Iron Man #5 resumes Duggan’s current story while continuing to connect the dots to his X-Men run in the process. Readers are provided with a deeper insight into Feilong’s plan while Duggan finds a way to mold his stories together across multiple books. Duggan officially levels up Invincible Iron Man #5, makes the villain even more formidable, and makes fans super pumped for what’s to come. The stage is getting set fast and I don’t think Iron Man fans will want to miss it! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!