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The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 2: World's Most Wanted - Book 1 (The Invincible Iron Man #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,558 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In the aftermath of Secret Invasion, Iron Man is no longer the hero he used to be, and Tony Stark's entire life is torn apart. We can't say much now, but... how bad does it get? Here's a hint: read World's Most Wanted! By the blockbuster Invincible Iron-Man creative team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca, lauded by fans and critics alike! Collects Invincible Iron Man # ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published November 11th 2009 by Marvel (first published June 17th 2009)
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Tony Stark vs. Norman Osborn

Although it doesn’t say it on the cover (shockingly), this is a Dark Reign tie-in.

This showdown is a long time coming, stretching back to the Civil War crossover, where Stark brainwashed/drugged/manipulated Osborn and had him go on a killing spree dressed as the Green Goblin. It wasn’t one of Stark’s finer moments.

Fast forward past the Skrull Invasion crossover: Osborn is in as head of SHIELD HAMMER and Stark is out.

“Tony, how about those super-secret superhero i
The American public can be so unforgiving. Poor Tony Stark just had one little alien Secret Invasion happen on his watch as SHIELD’s director, and he gets fired. Then Norman Osborn takes over as head of keeping the super humans in line because you might as well put a ‘reformed’ super villain in charge. It worked so well with Dick Cheney after all.

So Tony is out of SHIELD, his company is imploding thanks to the failures of Stark tech due to a computer virus during the invasion, and half the super
Gemma Thomson
This was weak on so many grounds. For one thing, I did not appreciate the opening, which recaps events of volume 1 but adds, "and by the way, aliens happened and SHIELD was basically dissolved and now Tony Stark's ruined." I realise all that must have happened in a different series, but come on, comics...

That aside, I didn't find much else to enjoy in this volume. The plot lurches along a slow central thread, with staccato events like Maria Hill's discovery inside FuturePharm. That felt like an
Gayle Francis Moffet
What do you do at the end of Secret Invasion when Norman Osborn (formerly the Green Goblin and still a total psychopath) gets control of the defense of the United States of America? If you're Tony Stark, you run like hell (because Normal wants your head on a platter), and if you're Pepper Potts and Maria Hill, you get pulled into helping.

Fraction continues his stellar run on Invincible Iron Man with the "World's Most Wanted" arc. WMW is tied as my favorite comic arc of all time, the other choice
Ashley Kempkes
Jun 25, 2013 Ashley Kempkes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comic Book Fans
Recommended to Ashley by: Random Happenstance
Warning: Don't read this GN if you haven't read the Secret Wars (or know about it). I knew a little about it, but I've never been able to actually read that arc, so I was a little confused as to what was going on. (view spoiler) What!? I just... What? That was frustrating.

I also kept wanting to ask the characters what in the world did they think they were doing? (Besides being idiots I mean.) I was just so frustrated by the choices they were
Tarique Ejaz
I have become an absolute fan of Matt Fraction's work on the Invincible Iron Man. He has single handedly managed to pull off a story worth to be stocked away in the selves.

Let the most crooked entrepreneur lead the most versatile and dangerous espionage organization in the world and what does he do foremost on coming to power? He decides to settle his personal vendetta. The story highlights that characteristics of Tony Stark that one does not see often. To protect the people who tend to dish hi
Yes. Just, yes. This 2nd volume takes place after Zeke Stane's attack on Stark, and right after the Secret Invasion, which places Norman Osborn in charge of SHIELD and Tony out of power and public enemy #1. Pepper Potts is in for a whole new life, Maria Hill is on the run as well, and even War Machine can't help Tony. But Tony may have a crazy idea that could just save the day...but it won't happen overnight. Also featuring a Namor appearance...
Extremis has failed, Stark technologies are not operational, and Tony Stark is on the run when Norman Osbourne takes over his company. Tony has some crucial information stashed away somewhere very close to him that Osbourne just cannot have. Queue the manhunt for an underpowered Iron Man on the run. Pepper Potts and Maria Hill are given lots of room to shine here as they both help and are manipulated into helping Tony. This is part one so we end with a cliffhanger with things perhaps getting wor ...more
This is a pretty good story taking place in the aftermath of the Secret Invasion arc. It's nice to see Tony Stark not being a total jerk again, and it's an interesting trip down memory lane with a lot of his rogue's gallery coming up along the way, and some of the old armors showing up, as well. I think having Norman Osborn replace Tony Stark did wonders for Stark coming across a bit better, and the story has an interesting cloak and dagger feel to it, with three main characters (Stark, Pepper P ...more
Writer Matt Fraction keep the tale of his Iron Man run taut and fierce in this one.

Alongside the events of Marvel's blockbuster "Dark Reign" storyline, Tony Stark has been made all but a villain in the public eye by H.A.M.M.E.R. (the replacement for S.H.I.E.L.D.) director Noman Osborne (the former Green Goblin). Tony's tech has once again been compromised. It's been attacked by a Skrull virus (with the events of "Secret Invasion") and adapted by crazed, heartless villains.

Tony Stark has been bro
Indah Threez Lestari
Roda nasib selalu berputar, kadang di atas kadang di bawah. Tony Stark sebenarnya sudah banyak makan asam-garam kehidupan, sudah beberapa kali bangkrut sebelum meraih kembali kejayaannya. Tapi siapa sangka, selepas Civil War di mana ia sibuk memburu para superhero underground supaya mau registrasi, terus jadi Direktur S.H.I.E.L.D., eh akhirnya malah jadi World's Most Wanted, diburu S.H.I.E.L.D. sampai ke ujung dunia bak tersangka korupsi, lalu semua harta kekayaannya disita dan dilikuidasi. Ini ...more
La série Invincible Iron Man méritait son Eisner Award (de la meilleure nouvelle série), vous le saviez tous. Mais quand elle s'insère dans la continuité Marvel (en l'espèce dans la continuité de l'époque Dark Reign), c'est encore mieux qu'avant (je pense à la saga des Nightmares).
Fraction maitrise son récit, maitrise l'ambiance et maitrise complètement les personnages (mentions spéciales à Maria Hill et un succulent Osborn). Certes, on lui reproche sur cette saga épique (12 numéros) d'avoir un
Herman Gigglethorpe
Despite this being "Volume 2", you can easily get into this without having to read the first one (although it's still worth it to do so). This is mostly its own arc. Even the background information is pretty simple: Skrulls (shapeshifting aliens) had infiltrated and invaded Earth, and they managed to disable most Stark Industries technologies. Norman Osborn somehow became the hero of this incident, even though he is the Spider-Man villain Green Goblin.

The story begins with Osborn taking over the
Matt Fraction continues to use giant Marvel crossover events as a springboard for exciting and fun stories. While the first volume used Iron Man's high stature in SHIELD after Civil War, this volume finds him hunted thanks to his screw ups in Secret Invasion. He's hounded by the new big boss in Marvel, Norman Osbourne doing an evil-Dick Cheney turn. Fraction keeps the book from being too bogged down by stories in other books, and gives interesting storylines to Pepper Potts and former SHIELD hea ...more
I had a long review halfway written, but lost it due to leechblock. Will have to reconstruct it later.

Short version:

Plot "logic": -100

The art: -50. I think it may be even worse than Volume 1. Getting a haircut and shaving off a beard should not change someone's jawline. Also the coloring continues to be horribly supersaturated and all the textures are too smooth. Human skin looks like it's made out of plastic.

Tony Stark: self-destructive asshole trying to kill self out of guilt for Registration
Fraction continues his strong run on Iron Man with this first half of an action-packed story. After the Secret Invasion, Stark Industries is in shambles and Norman Osborne has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. He's after the database of superhero secret identities that Tony Stark has been presiding over since Civil War and the Superhero Registration Act. Stark knows that such power in the hands of Osborne is a reeeeally bad idea, so he sets about destroying all the existing copies along with all the other ...more
Fraction delivers another solid turn for Tony Stark in the direct follow-up to his misfortunes in the Skrull invasion. There's a lot of housekeeping done in this volume that examines the new status quo that is H.A.M.M.E.R. versus S.H.I.E.L.D., but it's couched in this new relationship of Norman Osborn becoming obssessed with the information Tony's hidden away in his own mind.

Ton's solution to this problem is nothing short of tragic-- he essentially has to lobotomize himself to keep Osborn from g
A really good volume 2 in the Invincible Iron Man saga by Matt Fraction. Norman Osborn's H.A.M.M.E.R. has replaced S.H.I.E.L.D. after the Skrull invasion, and Tony Stark has become the world's most wanted man. Tony, Meanwhile, enlists Pepper Potts and Maraia Hill to help him go on the run and also erase huge chunks of his memory (the contents of the entire superhero registration database) as well as his brain function.
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: 4-and-a-half-stars, badass-to-the-extreme, feels-realistic-or-credible, likable-or-deep-characters, mature, sci-fi, suspenseful-or-engaging

Tony Stark is cool. Very cool. I mean like Marvel's coolest superhero. That's pretty much the main thing I love about this series so far; it captures Stark's character perfectly. And by this I mean: he's intelligent, decisive, smug yet likable, and isn't afraid to live with the consequences of his decisions no matter how much he e
Rachel C.
Norman Osborne has the potential to be a great villain but his actions so far are sort of nonsensical and cartoony. Evil and subtle is much creepier.
Dicha Rungpitarangsi
Continuity Note: This story arc takes place after the event "Secret invasion". It is a part of "Dark Reign" event.
Good pace, great story, excellent follow on from the first Invincible Iron Man and the Skrull invasion. The emotional blows in this story are hard-hitting and this isn't a story for kids, this isn't something to be sniffed at, this is gory, this is painful and this has bad decisions - stupid decisions - adult decisions. The kind where you're not even sure, but you have to do it - the spur of the moment, we should kiss because we're probably due to die within days, decisions.

Read it.

This is why
Eh, I don't know. A) I'm not a big fan of this whole Dark Reign affair and B) I like Tony, I really do, but so far I'm not sure I really care about anyone else in this book. I'm going to wait and see, however.

As I said, this book is part of the Dark Reign crossover event thingamaging, and we love those! Right! Since the entire Superhero Registration database is stored on Tony's harddrive/brain and he refuses to hand the data over to Norman Osborn, Tony is now on the run, while Pepper and Maria
Really enjoyed the story, but still having a hard time with the art. I know that boils down to preference. The only thing I really found frustrating was the coverage of events that happened in the time span between "The Five Nightmares" and this book. I know the intro tried to fill in the blanks, but I still felt like I'd accidentally skipped a whole book or something. A Skrull invasion and Osborn taking over HAMMER is a pretty big deal, and to be thrown into the aftermath leaves you a bit bewil ...more
Matthew Lee
Good stuff, It was fun to see Stark return to his roots.
Zachariah Carlson
Pepper Potts in her own suuiiiiiit!
I wasn't really impressed with the art in this one. It was actually hard to tell what was happening in some places. It felt very clunky and just wasn't as impressive as comics tend to be. I had a similar problem with the dialogue. It was obvious and boring, nothing clever and fun to read.
Also, Maria and Tony?

But it moved the story along, and I liked the ending. Looking forward to the next one.
A continuation of the story. I DON'T like how this major part about Tony Stark getting ousted and S.H.I.E.L.D. closing is just skimmed over in the "Previously" section. Oh, yeah, and this whole alien invasion that caused it to happen. WHAT? Also, Pepper is frumpy looking in this series (i.e. kind of unattractive, although more so in volume 1), and the evil guy in this one, Osborn, totally changes faces. Besides all of this, I still liked this volume. I like Maria Hill and Iron Woman Pepper.
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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