Comic Book Review: Iron Man Thor #3 – God Complex, Chapter Three

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Cover Art for Iron Man Thor #3

Script: Dan Abrett, Andy Lanning
Pencils: Scot Eaton
Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Jeff Huet, Lorenzo Ruggiero
Letters: Veronica Gandini

In a Nutshell

Iron Man Thor #3 bares the tricky relationship between Diablo and the High Evolutionary. Meanwhile, Crimson Dynamo puts up a good fight in stopping Thor from breaking into Diablo’s Secret Hermitica… but not for long. A surprise character helps the Thunder God neutralize Crimson Dynamo.

But even after Thor finally penetrates the nerve center of the High Evolutionary’s diabolical plans, his problems are from over. Using an alchemical substance, Diablo holds Iron Man and Thor in a trance, making them fight each other. The ultimate twist comes when, in an act of treachery, Diablo switches minds and appearances with the High Evolutionary. Now, with the body of The Destroyer, Diablo possesses the perfect vessel to attain godhood.

What's Cool

  • Thor with facial hair
  • Thor fighting with Iron Man
  • “Change is conflict. Someone must fail so that someone else may win” – From the mind of Diablo
  • Diablo fooling the High Evolutionary, switching their minds and appearances.
  • Very impressive cover art.

What's Crap

  • I feel that the back story about Herbert Wyndham – who would later on become the High Evolutionary – can be a bit complicated, especially for new Marvel Comics readers.
  • In this comic book issue, I just can’t believe that Thor couldn’t take down the Crimson Dynamo without any help.

The Bottom Line

This is it, we’re one issue shy of completing this storyline. With Thor and Iron Man weakened and held inside Diablo’s Secret Hermetica, we can only speculate on how they will defeat Diablo, who has grown more powerful by integrating himself into the body of The Destroyer and maybe even absorbing some of the High Evolutionary’s superhuman powers. Iron Man Thor #3 has but held me in high suspense.

Jon Favreau Won’t Helm Iron Man 3 (Will Happy Hogan the Chauffeur be OK?)

Director Jon Favreau has confirmed that he will no longer direct the third installment of Iron Man. The director has been regarded as one of the main drivers (no pun intended on his role as Tony Stark’s chauffeur in the series) that brought huge success to the first two Iron Man movies.

Favreau told Marvel Studios about his departure from Iron Man 3 early this week. Part of the reason, he says, is that he is unable to see a clear direction for the next Iron Man flick, which has been made more complicated with the coming of The Avengers movie.

But one thing’s for sure, we have not heard the last of Jon Favreau. As a matter of fact, he will executive produce The Avengers movie scheduled for release in 2012. He will also direct Magic Kingdom, Disney’s new adventure flick based on the popular Disney theme park. If at all, the director is definitely moving up the ladder, from Marvel Entertainment to Marvel’s parent company Disney. Hey, not bad for a guy who started his movie career playing bit roles in indie films.

Comic book fans are also excited about Favreau’s latest film Cowboys & Aliens, the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel of the same title created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. The movie will hit theaters mid-2011.