Comic Book Gem: Iron Man – World’s Most Wanted
Everyone has their own favourite Marvel character but I have to say, mine is Iron Man. Maybe it’s because he’s a tech geek’s tech geek, maybe it’s because he’s like Batman… but richer, smarter and cooler. Whatever the reason I had to write about the current run of The Invincible Iron Man, in particular, a series called World’s Most Wanted.
Basically the back story goes; Tony Stark has been fired by Norman Osborne following his takeover and subsequent decommissioning of S.H.I.E.L.D. In an effort to keep the last copy of the Superhuman registration database (and other very sensitive information) out of Osborne’s hands Stark has no other option but to delete it, to re-format the hard drive that it resides on. Problem is, that hard drive is his own brain. With the help of former S.H.I.E.L.D deputy director Maria Hill and right-hand woman Pepper Potts (now with a suit of Starktech armour all her own) Stark must evade capture by Osborne and H.A.M.M.E.R until the wipe is complete.
What I think is so great about this little series is that it ties in all the major Marvel events really well, drawing on each of them for a crucial part of the narrative. The secret invasion, Civil War and Extremis all play vital parts in this story. Unfortunately this makes the series pretty damned inaccessible for the casual reader. If you hadn’t read any of those events, big chunks (if not the whole thing) of this won’t make any sense. But hey, if you really want to read this and you don’t know the history; read Extremis, Civil War, Iron Man: The Five Nightmares and Secret Invasion in that order and then get straight into this. Sounds like a lot of work but I promise it’s worth it.
World’s Most Wanted sits right in the middle of a new chapter in the Marvel Universe. Something that is being called Dark Reign – That is, the reign of Norman Osborne. I think this series really sums up the tension in the whole universe during this time. It does the job of conveying how serious the situation is, while focusing in on very few characters, something that previous series’ of this nature haven’t done very well at all (see House of M).
The artwork in WMW is pretty damned sweet and the writing is top tier as well, easily on par with the greats. It’s really got me interested in what’s going to happen next. Of course Osborne is set to fall and in spectacular fashion but just how that’s going to happen is what’s up in the air. I’ve read up to issue and including part 8 and I’m looking to pick up part 9 this weekend. Repulsors be damned, I’m excited!
EDIT: Read part 9. Pepper Potts is a bad ass!