Finding herself in the middle of a fight between Iron Man, Doctor Doom & Madame Masque, Mary Jane falls witness to what could be the destruction of her club and possibly the end of a dream, but from the destruction comes an offer she might not be able to refuse.
The big finale to our big first storyline. Cards are turned over. Truths are revealed. Tony’s life is turned upside down!
WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTIST: David Marquez
PENCILER: David Marquez
INKER: David Marquez
COLORIST: Justin Ponsor
COVER ARTIST: David Marquez, Justin Ponsor
EDITORS: Tom Brevoort, Katie Kubert, Alanna Smith
Movie quotes you might recall while reading the issue
I’m gonna make
him her an offer he she can’t refuse – The Godfather Part I
Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in. – The Godfather Part III
The Story: After the cliffhanger of the previous issue, we pick up Mary Jane’s story as she looks on in horror as a fight breaks out between Iron Man, Doctor Doom and Madame Masque, for she knows all too well that these things usually don’t end well, and unfortunately for her, that is exactly what happens, because by the end, all she can do is see her new life, her dream, “HER CLUB” be reduced to rubble.
Yet, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, comes a job offer to organise Tony’s life, the question is, will this be a blessing or a curse.
Update: As of yet, there is no mention of the “Place Holder” firefighter boyfriend and I feel if he was still around he would have been mentioned by now, and while there is still issue #6 that might bring him up, if he wasn’t by now, I’ll take that as a good sign that he is no longer in the picture. To add to that, Mary Jane never mentions having a boyfriend when she thought Tony was hitting on her, it was Tony that bought up having someone and that to me is another good sign that he is no longer in the picture.
My losing it: Ooooh boy, talk about a roller-coaster ride of emotion, WOW. I really wish you could have seen me when I was reading it, my emotions were everywhere, I was excited, terrified, elated, happy to the point that I physically shed happy tears, yes I admit it, I cried, I’m doing it right now writing this. So happy, that I finally get to see the Mary Jane I grew up with, the strong, the take no (use your imagination here) from anybody, especially not Madame Masque, and when I read this page (left) I simply lost it, to the point I had to put the book down and compose myself. And through out all this, the art was breathtaking, simply breathtaking and the emotions that each page exuded was more than I could bare. and by the end, I was thankful for a nice simple end that finished off with a talk between Mary Jane and Tony, because that allowed me to decompress and relax.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest,
My Thoughts: This time we finally got to see more of Mary Jane compared to issue #4, and not only that, she is actually in the action, so much so, that she does something that really showed me that Bendis wants Mary Jane to work, eventhough he has to work within certain guidelines, and I 100% believe he succeeded in this issue. He showed Mary Jane as she should be shown. And while some might chide him for her inner monologue about “Her life being screwed” because of super heroes, which she mentions, twice. Personally, I don’t see a problem with it, considering what she went through under Dan Slott, and all Bendis is doing is following on from that. If you give him time, I am sure she will slowly come around to a different way of thinking about Super Heroes.
Now onto my thoughts on the final couple of pages, here we see a dialogue between Mary Jane and Tony, I found it to be well constructed and an enjoyable read, One of things I’m happy about, is that Bendis, right of the bat shoots down the theory that Mary Jane and Tony will become an item, by having Mary Jane accuse Tony of hitting on her and Tony immediately saying he already has someone, and it is further clarified in a future panel. There is even a little bit of humour thrown in which I found very cute, for when Mary Jane mentions that her dream of owning a club are over, not only because of the damage caused to her club, for which Tony has offered to pay for through his insurance, but mainly due to the P.R. Nightmare caused by the same battle from which she can never recover, and to make amends Tony asks if she would consider a career change, to which she replies, with a adorably cute pout, “I don’t want to be Iron Man”, and with a smile, he asks “Would you like to work for him?”. And the job, what he offers her fits exactly into her skill set, essentially she’ll be doing what Pepper Potts use to do. As to how Bendis might differentiate her from Pepper, we’ll have to wait and see.
So the question is, Will Mary Jane take him up on the offer? To get our answer, we’ll have to wait till
issue #6 issue #7 comes out, which should be February 3rd, 2016. For the moment, I would say, with pretty good certainty, that she will. Than the question becomes, will working for Tony Stark, be a blessing or a curse. You be the Judge!
The Art: What can I say about David Marquez’s art that I haven’t already said. The way Mary Jane’s drawn is simply beautiful, actually the whole issue is beautifully drawn, but Mary Jane especially, it’s been a loooong time since I’ve seen her drawn that way, the way he drew her, especially on that page was simply breathtaking, to the extent that I have literally gone Homer Simpson with his depiction of Mary Jane. Some might question me as to why, the simple answer is that David’s art exudes emotion and he does it without dialogue that’s how good he is. Take a look at the example below and see for yourself. One of these days I would like to read an issue where the whole story is told with just David’s art and no dialogue.
Overall, the entire issue, was brilliantly put together, I enjoyed every page, every word, every emotion, to me this issue did justice to not only itself, but to Mary Jane as well, it showed what Mary Jane was and could be again under the right writer, and with this issue, Bendis has proven himself to be that “right writer”, for he has brought back
something someone I thought lost long ago.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Invincible Iron Man #6, scheduled for February 3rd, 2016
Author: Mohammed << Head here for my previous posts