Writer: Gerry Duggan
Art: Juan Frigeri, Bryan Valenza, VC’s Joe Caramagna, and Kael Ngu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 7th, 2023
Tony Stark is in dire need of a win as Invincible Iron Man #7 by Gerry Duggan kicks off! But how does he plan to get ahead? By building a new suit of armor! The suit’s first objective? Infiltrate and destroy Stark Industries!
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Stark and Rhodey head in to lay waste to the Stark Sentinels and stop them from going online. Now, if you were reading X-Men #23 this week, you’d already know that Tony was a bit too late. Nevertheless, Tony finds that out his own way as Invincible Iron Man #7 begins to unfold. This wasn’t a bad open for Duggan especially as fans get a great glimpse of the monologuing by Tony. Duggan writes it in such a way that it appears as though Tony and the reader are best buds giving the comic this easy feeling as we read it.
However, Invincible Iron Man by Duggan has been this road of penance for Tony to date. It’s almost been this trip down memory lane of all his failures being revisited all at once. So as Invincible Iron Man #7 comes to a close, we now see Tony’s friends in the crosshairs of Orchis and Feilong too. The perception is that almost everything he touches turns to utter $&@! Yet, the big reveal is that it’s not just the mutants Orchis, Stasis, and Feilong are after. It’s all heroes and anyone who they deem a threat to their ideals and opinions of the world. Therefore, the outreach to this charade has no bounds with the Hellfire Gala on the horizon.
Yet, what I’ve begun to realize as the new villain in the world today is simply misinformation and the idea and concept of that misinformation. You see, the end of Invincible Iron Man #7 showcases exactly what the true villains are the best at, which is putting the world against their enemy. And Feilong, Orchis, Stasis, and Nimrod are doing a fabulous job at that as this issue comes to a close. Duggan continues to paint Tony in a corner after each installment. And just when he thinks he’s getting the upper hand, someone pushes him back down even further than before. Readers, that’s what just so happens to be making this series so exciting!
Invincible Iron Man #7 is super exciting. However, not due to what you’d expect. It’s not due to the action and powerful illustrations that keep readers on the edge of their seats. It’s almost this strategic game of chess with epic levels of intensity showcasing just how sinister Feilong and Orchis can be. The thrills in Invincible Iron Man #7 are just after every turn when a new curtain is pulled and the game continues in such an obvious way… but only obvious after Duggan laid it out for the readers. The writing is pure genius and the way this book connects to the X-Men makes it just as important to the Marvel Landscape as any other book right now. I’d highly recommend picking this issue up HOWEVER it would be very difficult to jump into without catching up on the series to date first. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!