Remember that from X-Men, Lucifer? He was an alien who was taken out by Professor X, when he was a kid, and dropped a rock on X’s legs—crippling him. Don’t remember? Don’t worry. For the story that established the most famous wheelchair-bound comic book character of all time, it was pretty bad.
Anyway, he returns in this issue. But that’s not what makes this an above-average comic. If anything, it distracts from what is otherwise an interesting and, I think, novel approach to the comic book story.
It starts with a Stark security guard seeing Iron Man and thinking jealous thoughts to himself. And then Stark cruises by in a convertible and he gets even more bitter. Next, we seem come home and scream at his kids. This guy is having a breakdown, and that’s when Lucifer shows up to tempt him and give him the power to beat the snot out of Iron Man.
I don’t recall a story focused on a civilian before—and certainly not one that is told entirely from the point of view of a Joe Nobody, embittered and angry. It’s a nice change of pace.
Creators: Archie Goodwin and George Tuska
Grade: B-. Above average, interesting tale.