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COMIC REVIEW: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1

Marvel Comics 

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: David Marquez

Price: $3.99

 

 

Tony Stark’s first story in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe begins in Beijing, where his longtime nemesis Madame Masque is receiving a briefcase from an unnamed former A.I.M. employee. After verifying the contents of the briefcase, Masque summarily shoots and kills its courier.

 

Back in New York, Tony is at work building a new Iron Man armor, which describes as an amalgam of all the best qualities of his previous armors, when he is interrupted by his artificial intelligence personal assistant, Friday. Friday reminds Tony of his date that evening with Dr. Amara Perera, a biophysicist. During the course of their date, Tony asks Amara if she has ever invented anything that she has kept to herself because she is afraid of what people will do with it. Amara reveals that she does have such an invention – a cure for the mutant gene.

 

 

Friday once again interrupts Tony, informing him that Madame Masque has broken into Castle Doomstadt in Latveria. Seemingly unbeknownst to Tony, Masque has also broken into Stark Tower in Osaka, Japan. Tony suits up in his new armor and flies to Latveria to investigate the break in, where he is greeted by a group of armed Latverians. Before they can attack Tony, however, they are knocked out with a sonic boom. Tony turns to find that his rescue has come from a very unlikely source, but one I won’t spoil for you here.

 

 

This was a solid start for Iron Man in the new Marvel universe. Bendis does a great job of capturing the combination of sarcasm, self absorption, and humor that fans have come to expect from the character. This is a sharp contrast to how Tony was portrayed in his most recent solo comic, Superior Iron Man, as this version of Tony, though full of himself, is actually quite likable. It seems as if Bendis and/or Marvel is making a deliberate effort to bring the version of Tony we see in the comics more in line with Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of him in the movies.

 

 

 

This is a solid debut to an intriguing story, one that I’m excited to see play out over the next few issues. Tony Stark is everything you would expect him to be, and David Marquez’s art does a great job of capturing the feel of the metropolitan nightlife, a backdrop against which Tony Stark feels right at home. The art is realistic and high quality. Each character’s features are distinct and well-drawn, and Marquez gives ample attention to both sprawling cityscapes and intricate components of the Iron Man armor. Overall, this is a great start to what might be the most promising Iron Man story since Warren Ellis’s Extremis arc, but only time will tell if the subsequent issues live up to the quality of the debut.

Marvel Comics  Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Marquez Price: $3.99     Tony Stark’s first story in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe begins in Beijing, where his longtime nemesis Madame Masque is receiving a briefcase from an unnamed former A.I.M. employee. After verifying the contents of the briefcase, Masque summarily shoots and kills its courier.   Back in New York, Tony is at work building a new Iron Man armor, which describes as an amalgam of all the best qualities of his previous armors, when he is interrupted by his artificial intelligence personal assistant, Friday. Friday reminds Tony of his date that evening with Dr. Amara Perera, a biophysicist. During the course of their date, Tony asks Amara if she has ever invented anything that she has kept to herself because she is afraid of what people will do with it. Amara reveals that she does have such an invention – a cure for the mutant gene.     Friday once again interrupts Tony, informing him that Madame Masque has broken into Castle Doomstadt in Latveria. Seemingly unbeknownst to Tony, Masque has also broken into Stark Tower in Osaka, Japan. Tony suits up in his new armor and flies to Latveria to investigate the break in, where he is greeted by a group of armed Latverians. Before they can attack Tony, however, they are knocked out with a sonic boom. Tony turns to find that his rescue has come from a very unlikely source, but one I won’t spoil for you here.     This was a solid start for Iron Man in the new Marvel universe. Bendis does a great job of capturing the combination of sarcasm, self absorption, and humor that fans have come to expect from the character. This is a sharp contrast to how Tony was portrayed in his most recent solo comic, Superior Iron Man, as this version of Tony, though full of himself, is actually quite likable. It seems as if Bendis and/or Marvel is making a deliberate effort to bring the version of Tony we see in the comics more in line with Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of him in the movies.       This is a solid debut to an intriguing story, one that I’m excited to see play out over the next few issues. Tony Stark is everything you would expect him to be, and David Marquez’s art does a great job of capturing the feel of the metropolitan nightlife, a backdrop against which Tony Stark feels right at home. The art is realistic and high quality. Each character’s features are distinct and well-drawn, and Marquez gives ample attention to both sprawling cityscapes and intricate components of the Iron Man armor. Overall, this is a great start to what might be the most promising Iron Man story since Warren Ellis’s Extremis arc, but only time will tell if the subsequent issues live up to the quality of the debut.
Story - 8.1
Characters - 9
Art - 8.8

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