This post Secret Invasion story picks up shortly after Norman Osborn’s appointment as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. now re-christened H.A.M.M.E.R. “World’s Most Wanted” comes in 2 volumes and does make for an interesting read with Tony Stark on the run and being hunted by Osborn and the entire U.S. government. In a desperate effort to keep the super-human database out of H.A.M.M.E.R.’s hands Stark begins the process of erasing his brain as he goes on the rain whilst putting Pepper Pott’s and ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill on their own missions.
What’s interesting is that Pepper has her very own armour now nicknamed Danger. Salvador Larroca’s art is pretty alright although I expected more from him. Maybe his art is not to my tastes. Anyways, the “World’s Most Wanted” storyline is a pretty decent read and it ends with a cliffhanger ending that perfectly leads into the start of Marvel’s “Heroic Age” lead-ins. I’ve not seen Iron Man un-confident and unsure cos’ as a character he’s always been sure of his path especially after the events of “Civil War”. It’s refreshing to see the character more human than super-human which is what I liked most about Matt Fraction’s story. Plus it’s a treat to see all of Iron Man’s older armour as he downgrades his weapons to match his degrading intellect.
I give “Iron Man: World’s Most Wanted” a decent 3.5 out of 5.