Review: Invincible Iron Man #1

Invincible_Iron_Man_1_CoverThe Marvel Universe has revolved around a few characters or teams over the years, and reflecting the movies, it’s Tony Stark/Iron Man’s time to shine at the center of it all. Courtesy of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez, Invincible Iron Man #1 kicks off what should be a crown jewel of All-New, All-Different Marvel. While the first issue isn’t bad, it also isn’t great.

This new Iron Man series promises new armor (check), new villains (not yet), a new supporting cast (sort of), as well as diving deeper into finding out who Tony Stark’s biological parents are (and I guess he’s no longer inverted as far as alignment).

The teaser for the series said the last page is a shocker, and we’d see what really happens at the end of Secret Wars, and that’s part of the problem I have with this first issue. It’ll be a few months more before we finish off Secret Wars due to delays, and with that still ongoing, the shock isn’t one as much as a confusing ho-hum twist that loses it’s value. If we got to the end of Marvel’s summer (now fall) event, maybe the ending of this issue would have more impact, but all it did was remind me of the delays of that series, I was distracted from really focusing on this one. It may not bother some other folks, but it did me.

Tony though is interesting in this comic. We get him as both how he was, an obsessed futurist tinkerer, and how he’d like to be, not so much a horndog with a reputation. It reminds us that Stark as a character is a lot of things, and thus any writer can mold Stark to be what they want. Bendis wants ours so far to be a techno geek who’s reflecting on who he was, a nerd in crisis. The actual banter and story flows nicely with a lot of nice, entertaining moments. The comic is good, but also feels a bit empty due to all of that too. It’s a lot of flash, but like Stark at times, the depth isn’t quite there. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it also lacks some excitement.

Marquez’s art is solid. He does a great job making Tony look smooth and the women look different from each other. The key here is the blending of the tech into the comic, and he does that flawlessly, especially in the beginning while Stark is working on his new suit. An ongoing key will be his new armor (which I’m not a fan of the design so far) which it seems blends a lot from various past suits.

Like a big budget film, the comic is good, not great. It has some very humorous moments, but also feels a bit empty at the same time too. You’ll enjoy it while reading, but as soon as you’re done you’ll forget about it and move on. With past runs that had us examine Tony attempting to change the world for good through business, as well as confronting his self absorption, this debut is very dialed back. There’s some decent groundwork laid out, but as a single issue it doesn’t quite hold up. Hopefully future issues will give us a bit more.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: David Marquez
Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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