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I'm still having trouble reconciling the timeline Iron Man has gone through. He lost Bleeding Edge three weeks after Fear Itself and sometime after that spent three months with Mandarin and then left on a voyage to space. So everything post-Fear Itself showing the Bleeding Edge armor was supposed to happen in a three week span. Yeah, OK. At least in the 80s they had Rhodie in the Secret Wars.
Iron Man hasn't left for space yet (the last part of Fraction's last issue is a flashforward)
There's nothing here to significantly affect anyone's reading experience.
Yes, the timelines don't add up but really, even in the past Thor has been an Avenger and yet had his adventures in Asgard. Same with most popular superheroes with solo books and are part of team books.
Adults struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life when the answer is obvious to the smallest child: because it's not real. - Grant Morrison
This is one thing about comics I just cannot understand. I mean, Reeds in space, and earth?!
''How do you find someone who has spent a lifetime covering his tracks? For some, he was a guardian angel. To others, a ghost who never quite fit in''
I agree that comic time is pliable enough that everything can be squeezed into place eventually, but the amount of appearances by some characters (especially Wolverine) is just ridiculous. It really dilutes the brand and makes each monthly story feel less important when it's just one of a dozen.