And the last comic book review for the night? The last(maybe?probably?possibly?) issue of Fear Itself! I've got to hand it to Marvel, here I thought like a sucker that Fear Itself #7 was the end of the Fear event, but nope, this is the FORTH different version of Fear Itself #7... As I've said before, Marvel can milk an event like NOBODY else!
Fear Itself #7.3: Iron Man:
Summary: This issue takes place both in the present and the very near past. For once it actually makes sense to start in the present, so I will. Tony Stark enters the prison holding the Grey Gargoyle and pretty much talks to him about all of the terrible evil he did while he was one of the Worthy. Tony brings up the utter destruction of Paris, and tells the Gargoyle that he had seriously considered killing the Gargoyle, even though the Gargoyle, you know, wasn't actually in control of his actions. From there we get some flashbacks of Tony and Odin having a conversation right before the funeral pyre of Thor. Tony tries to attack Odin for allowing the destruction of Paris(amongst other places) occur, and continues to try to strike at Odin until Odin has enough of Tony's little tantrum and puts him down. From there Odin tells Tony that in the grand scheme of things he is meaningless, and allows Tony a moment of cosmic awareness, letting him see everything in the universe to prove how little Tony really meant. Tony is naturally struck dumb for a moment after seeing that, and Odin prepares to leave, but not before undoing all of the death and destruction done to Paris. From there we head back to the Gargoyle and Tony, and Tony decides to leave the Gargoyle alone in prayer.
Thoughts: I was REALLY enjoying this issue until just about the end. Tony's conversation with the Gargoyle, and his wanting to kill the Gargoyle for his actions was very well done. As was Tony's outburst at Odin, seeing as that it was Asgardians who wreaked so much carnage across the Earth. And then we find out that Odin had fixed everything in Paris, thus making Tony's speech to the Gargoyle meaningless... Really, since the Gargoyle WASN'T in control of his actions, and was possessed by the Serpent's Worthy, PLUS the fact that Odin fixed the damage done to Paris, why the hell did Tony go to see the Gargoyle and tell him he wanted to kill him!? Why not go to the Thing and decide to kill HIM for his role in the Fear Itself events? See, if this issue would have ended with Odin not fixing Paris, and Tony leaving the Gargoyle(or killing him) I'd have enjoyed this one WAY more. I mean when I was halfway through this issue I was thinking the score would be around a 9, maybe even a 9 1/2 depending on Tony's actions towards the Gargoyle at the end. But Odin undoing everything made Tony's conversation meaningless, and actually kind of bizarre... It was like Tony didn't know Paris had been fixed, even though he saw it happen BEFORE he went to see the Gargoyle... Really, was he drunk again or something? Bottom line, this was a great comic that fell apart towards the end and turned into a really good comic instead.
Score: 8 out of 10.I must admit, Odin simply sighing when Tony blasts him in the face was pretty awesome.