This week in comics saw the “final” issues of quite a few Marvel books including Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Invincible Iron Man. The final is in quotes because the books will be back next month with new creators as #1 issues. This did lead to some nice variants being released though, especially the two collage ones on this list.
The Invincible Iron Man #527
Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca has a stellar run on Iron Man. Larocca in particular was a machine, I don’t think he missed a single issue in over 4 years, and I don’t believe there were any delays. The man pumps out pages like a machine, and they’re high quality as well. Fraction’s story line was large and varied, with some plots and subplots spanning years. It was a great read. Iron Man will be returning next month written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Greg Land. While I’m not the hugest Greg Land fan, Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery is one of my favorite books on the shelves so I’m excited to see what he does with Tony Stark.
Captain America #19
I’ll admit it, I always thought Captain America was quite possibly the lamest super hero around. I’m not sure what compelled me to pick up Brubaker’s Captain America #1 over 7 years ago. Probably the fact that it had a #1 on the cover and I’m a sucker. Over the past 7 years Brubaker managed to turn Cap into my favorite Marvel character hands down. The run is just epic and deserves to be read by any fan. Captain America returns next month written by Rick Remender and drawn by John Romita Jr. Remender has been fantastic on Uncanny X-Force, Secret Avengers, and his run on Venom is well worth reading. While I’m sad to see Brubaker go after all these years, I’m excited for a new perspective.
Captain America & Black Widow #638
More Cap and more Francavilla goodness. One of his covers from earlier in the run made this list too, as can be seen here. I very much enjoy his style, and his work on Daredevil was particularly great. Hopefully we’ll see more of his art in the near future.