THEY WEREN’T TREATING HER RIGHT, GOSH DARNIT. NO ONE PUTS MJ IN A CORNER. – Letter Page Answer
THE WAR MACHINES” PART 2!
• War Machine and Iron Man team up to stop a brand new threat to the Marvel Universe… like only they can. All this plus more hints to next summer’s insane Marvel blockbuster event.
WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTIST: Mike Deodato Jr
PENCILER: Mike Deodato Jr
INKER: Mike Deodato Jr
COLORIST: Frank Martin
COVER ARTIST: Mike Deodato Jr, Dean White, David Lopez (WoP)
EDITORS: Tom Brevoort, Alanna Smith
Mary Jane: In this issue, Mary Jane is having HER interview with Tony Stark, who was 40 mins late by the way, which she also points out to him multiple times, about the job he offered her back in issue #5. Through-out the interview and him explaining what she’ll be getting herself into by working for him, she herself pulls no punches in laying down what she expects from HIM, and that she had contacted a certain person, Pepper Potts, to ask happened between them and what she should be prepared for if she took the job, which definitely took Tony by surprise. And that is not the only thing that happened, we also have Mary Jane being introduced to F.R.I.D.A.Y, who due to what she heard has taken a liking of her, and while they did have the initial awkward introduction, by the end it’s established, at least by F.R.I.D.A.Y, that they’ll be working together to keep Tony on track. Finally we come to the part which brings about the involvement of a certain person, that person being Spider-Man, it starts off with Tony worrying about a missing James Rhodes and wanting to go to Tokyo to look for him, only to be advised by Mary Jane herself, that he should have someone help find him while he’s on his way, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s non-other that Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, although Tony does not know the two are one and the same, and Tony, to Mary Jane’s surprise and while being interrupted by Tony, learns he isn’t very fond of Peter, due to the fact that Peter’s “kicking his ass” in business. But, knowing he needs Spider-Mans’ help, he tries to contact Peter, unsuccessfully, which prompts Mary Jane to offer him Peters’ “private emergency number”, which raises questions from Tony about how she came to have it and her explaining that she has history with Peter and that they are currently not speaking to one another, unless it’s an emergency, I’m assuming (read Stillanerds review of SSM #31 & here to find out why), leading to the fact that Peter is unaware of her working for his business rival. And so, after giving Tony the number and him successfully contacting Peter, we end her story with her being officially hired as Tonys’ Personal Assistant.
Spider-Man: Simply put, if you’ve read the preview, then you already know what part Peter plays in the issue. Peter is asked by Tony, after being given his emergency number by Mary Jane, to help in locating James Rhodes aka War Machine, as he has gone missing. After which while looking for Rhodes Peter comes to a realisation and eventually asks himself, how Tony got hold of his “private emergency number”.
Mary Jane: As you can see from the story section, Mary Jane had a lot more to say this time round and while some might feel it unnecessary, I am the opposite, for the simple fact that this was indeed necessary in order to establish Mary Jane’s role in the book and what’s expected from her, which Bendis is known to do, although, I do get the feeling that she’s going to be doing things that are not in her job description. as shown by the released covers to the right (Text-less image is the cover for Invincible Iron Man #9) .
And given what I said, how do I feel about how she was portrayed and how she presented herself, well I can with great pride say this is another moment where Mary Jane has shown what she is truly capable of, here is someone who although speaking to an individual for all in intents and purposes is not only her future employer but is also someone quite adept and getting what he wants, is being told it’s my way or the high way. Which just shows that even without the action of issue #5, that once again under the right writer her character can flourish.
and finally I was very happy to see that, even-though she hasn’t spoken to Peter since, I’m assuming, Superior Spider-Man #31, she still has Peter’s emergency number which he gave her long ago, telling me that even-though there’s a rift between them, she still in a way cares for him, otherwise why hold onto it, plus she must realise that Peter will eventually figure out that there is only one way that Tony would have gotten hold of the number.
Oh, and before I forget, a certain someone was once again NEVER mentioned, which finally tells me that he’s no longer in the picture and plus, no ring on her finger.
Spider-Man: Don’t really have much to say about Peter in this issue, unlike Mary Janes’ début in Invincible Iron Man #4, Peter only got a single page, granted half of it was to give him a splash entrance to the book, all I can surmise is that it was done due to his connection to Mary Jane. The other thing I can say, is that Peter came off, at least to me, as someone who didn’t want to be there and a bit of a moaner, valid moans mind you, but still a moaner, and it was only after he got it out of his system that he came to ask himself how Tony got hold of his supposedly “private emergency number”, which in my opinion should have been the first thing he should have asked Tony when it was used to contact him.
Reunion: Like all of you, I have been waiting to see a reunion between Mary Jane and Peter since they went their separate ways at the end of Superior Spider-Man #31. Unfortunately we didn’t get that in this issue, due to them being in different
cities countries, Mary Jane in Chicago USA and Peter in Tokyo Japan, and I don’t see it happening in the next (Due April 6th). My only hope is that at the very least they talk over the phone, if only for Peter to ask her about how Tony got hold of the number. I just hope it doesn’t expand the rift that is currently between them. That is if Tony tells Spider-Man that Mary Jane is now working him, or Peter figures it out, which given the limited number he gave it out to should be easy, right. All I can say now, is that I have my everything crossed that we will have some sot of interaction between them in next months’ issue.
Mary Jane: I’m going to honest here, when I first saw the cover for this issue, I was worried about how Mike Deodato Jr will depict her in the interior, but I’m happy to say that he surprised me, while in my opinion he’s not at the level of David Marquez, Mike has done great job with her and the rest of the book, you can still see the emotion in his depiction of her, but unlike Marquez, I feel that in some moments it still needs the dialogue to show it. So unfortunately while I do feel he did great job with her, in this case I did not go Homer Simpson with his depiction of Mary Jane, sorry Mike.
Spider-Man: Like Mary Jane I had my worries about how Mike was going to portray Spider-Man in the book, but I’m happy to say that I again was pleasantly surprised by how well Spider-Man came out, I liked the composition, how Mike gave him presence, that you actually felt him being there, which I assume is a difficult task given that he only had a single page to work with. But, and there is a but, if I had any issues with it, it would have to be the illuminated eyes, I just don’t fancy them, while I’m sure they’re practical, as it’s night time, it just takes away the focus from the rest of the art.
Mary Jane: Portrayal: A Art: B
Spider-Man: Portayal: B- Art: B
Overall, the issue, was well put together, I still enjoyed reading it, and justice is still being done to Mary Jane and although Spider-Man came off a bit of moaner, it’s still early and there’s next month issue to look forward to. All in all I cannot give higher praise to this book and those that follow.
Be sure to keep an eye out for
International Iron Man #1, scheduled for March 16th, 2016
& Invincible Iron Man #8, scheduled for April 6th, 2016
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