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Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #2: Review

Sep 2008
Jon Favreau, Adi Granov

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Viva Las Vegas [Part Two]

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3 stars

Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #2 Review by (October 1, 2022)
Comments: “Marvel Knights.”—Cover. Final issue of series.

Review: What just happened? Where’s the rest of the story? Sorry. For reasons known mainly to Joe Quesada, this four issue miniseries was cancelled after issue #2. With that fact in mind, I can see flaws that I might not have otherwise noticed, though the first one is a major one. Issue #1 ended with Las Vegas being overrun by lizards; issue #2 starts with that problem already being in the past. What happened? Couldn’t Favreau figure out an intelligent way to get rid of them so he has Pepper take care of it all off-screen, as it were? Apparently. And Tony openly lusts after Elsa Bloodstone, no kidding as she shows up dressed like a male fantasy gal; she must know what she looks like yet comes off a bit innocent which is absurd. And Adi Granov, who still can’t draw people who look alive, gets to do what he’s best at: a metallic Iron Man fighting a metallic Fin Fang Foom. Granov missed his calling as a sculptor in iron.

And one would think that Jon Favreau, of all people, would give Happy Hogan more to do than just being ordered to drive someone home.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #2 Synopsis by T Vernon
In Las Vegas, Tony Stark praises Pepper Potts for her hard work in ridding the city of the lizard infestation. Pepper introduces him to Elsa Bloodstone, noting that their fathers had worked together. Tony is smitten with her and invites her to lunch. She explains that she believes she caused the lizard invasion when the dragon statue was brought to Vegas; she wants Tony’s help in identifying the mystery individual who hired her. The only clue is the inscription on the statue’s base. Tony invites her to the grand opening as his guest so she can get closer to the statue….

That evening, they arrive at the ceremony, Elsa dressed in a flashy gown and jewelry which Tony paid for. The giant statue is unveiled and Tony hands Elsa a new Stark camera which can zoom to the base. As she reads the inscription, the statue—Fin Fang Foom—roars to life and goes on a rampage. Tony has Happy Hogan drive Elsa to safety while he grabs his briefcase and hurries to the nearest hotel where he checks into the Bridal Suite, the only rooms available, and dons his armor. Iron Man zooms out and rescues people from a roller coaster damaged by the monster. Iron Man then confronts Fin Fang Foom and challenges it to battle….

Adi Granov
Adi Granov
Adi Granov
Adi Granov (Cover Penciler)
Adi Granov (Cover Inker)
Adi Granov (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Elsa Bloodstone.

> Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas: Book info and issue index

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