Don't get me wrong, I really like Matt Fraction's take on Iron Man. But these stories are just dragging on too long. Tony Stark has been living in a dream world for what feels like 4 months now, and the book is dragging because the headliner is cowering in his own brain. I'm just not as interested in reading about how Pepper Potts, a doctor, and a landlady go about hiding an unconscious guy from the Ghost. It just doesn't do it for me, I need some more action!
The main drama for the issue stems from the fact that Maria Hill is the toughest person left behind to guard Tony while he's ko'ed. Surely the Avengers could have rustled up some low-level protection like Firebird or Living Lightning or something, right? The problem is that the difficult circumstances the main cast are in seem somewhat manufactured. Just bring Tony back to Winter Cap's safehouse, right? Dr. Strange does show up here, claiming he can rescue Tony from his own brain, but he doesn't actually do anything last issue. So in closing, the change between this issue and the last is that Tony was lying in a bedroom, and now he's in a basement. And Dr. Strange came to help (but hasn't yet).
Salvador LaRocca always gives us nice pretty pictures, and he does it again here. I just wish there was something more exciting for him to draw. Maybe the pace will pick up after Siege.