Saturday, August 31, 2019
Review: TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel
[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]
STORY: Dan Slott
ART: Valerio Schiti
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: VC's Joe Caramagna
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Akira Yoshida
COVER: Alexander Lozano
VARIANT COVERS: David Aja; Alex Ross; Kaare Andrews; Adi Granov; Alexander Lozano and Valerio Schiti with Eber Evangelista
40pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2018)
Iron Man created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby
Self-Made Man: Part One “What's the Big Idea?”
Iron Man is a Marvel Comics superhero that debuted in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated: March 1963). Iron Man is the alter-ego of Tony Stark, a weapons manufacturer, industrialist, and wealthy, glamorous ladies' man. After an accident, Stark builds a suit of armor to save his life, and with that armor, Stark becomes “Iron Man.”
In the midst of another restart event, Marvel Comics has launched a new Iron Man comic book. It is entitled Tony Stark: Iron Man. It written by Dan Slott; drawn by Valerio Schiti; colored by Edgar Delgado; and lettered by Joe Caramagna.
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (“What's the Big Idea?”) finds Tony reunited with a former rival, Andy Bhang, whom Tony wants to join the team of geniuses at “Stark Unlimited.” However, the arrival of the legendary super-beast, Fin Fang Foom, will test Tony smarts, Iron Man's armor and tech, and Bhang's place among the “team Stark genius collection.”
Dan Slott was a writer on The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series beginning in 2008, and he became the series sole writer beginning in 2010. Surfing the Internet, I often got the feeling that a lot of Spider-Man readers had enough of him; they thought he had been writing Amazing for too long. After being a regular reader of The Amazing Spider-Man during my childhood, teen years, and young adulthood, I stopped being a regular reader in early 1990s. I returned for a few years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I returned again as a regular reader about four years ago.
I like Dan Slott's The Amazing Spider-Man, which feels like classic ASM: humor, action, cliffhanger thrills, and occasional heartbreaking and poignant stories, but he did recently exit the series after The Amazing Spider-Man #801. Now, as the lead Iron Man writer, I think he will bring a similar tone to Tony Stark: Iron Man. I am not crazy about that because I was perfectly happy with Brian Michael Bendis chronicling the adventures of the new Iron Man, Riri Williams/Iron Heart, in Invincible Iron Man and Victor Von Doom as Iron Man in Infamous Iron Man.
Even the artist Tony Stark: Iron Man, Valerio Schiti, reminds me of Stuart Immonen, who drew many issues of Slott's Amazing Spider-Man comic books over the last two years. Tony Stark: Iron Man is not a bad comic book. It is well written and well drawn, but I am not sure that I am ready for Dan Slott's “The Amazing Iron Man,” even if it is entitled Tony Stark: Iron Man, the way I was always down for Slott's The Amazing Spider-Man.
6 out of 10
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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