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Preview: Iron Man 2020 #6 (of 6)

Iron Man 2020 #6 (of 6)

(W) Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (A/CA) Pete Woods
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Throw out the rest of your stupid, worthless flesh-bag calendars. 2020 is over, man! The moment Arno Stark has been preparing for is here: the end of all human and artificial life as we know it! All this time you thought he was just some egomaniacal jerk; well, who’s laughing now? Well…no one really. We’re all about to die.

Iron Man 2020 #6 (of 6)

Exclusive Preview: Iron Man 2020 #5 (of 6)

Iron Man 2020 #5 (of 6)

(W) Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (A/CA) Pete Woods
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Tony Stark is back! But is this the REAL Tony? How is that possible?! Where did that all-new armor come from?! WHAT’S GOING ON?!

There’s no time to explain, human. Just know this: It’s STARK VS. STARK ROUND 2, as Tony takes on Arno…in SPACE!

Iron Man 2020 #5 (of 6)

Review: 2020 Rescue #1

2020 Rescue #1

2020 Rescue #1 is a rare species of a comic: an event tie-in that is emotionally poignant, entertaining, and you don’t have to be following said event to understand what’s going on. I haven’t read of the “Iron Man 2020” stuff, but I might now. Writer Dana Schwartz, artists Jacen Burrows and Scott Hanna, and colorist Pete Pantazis spin the ballad of Pepper Potts as she reflects on always being the “Girl Friday” in Tony Stark’s life while also finding a way to clone him using his mother, Amanda Armstrong’s (From International Iron Man), DNA so he can help quell the A.I. uprising. So, the plot’s a little wacko, but Schwartz and Burrows make it work thanks to a story that focuses on Pepper’s feelings and has a good dose of the pew, pew armored suit action.

Jacen Burrows is an artist, who has previously worked with comics legends Alan Moore and Warren Ellis on books for Avatar Press, and his more unrestrained approach to comics comes out in a scene where the instruments in Amanda’s music studio have gone wonky and are sorting out how to make pop music. It’s a nice bit of comedy in the midst of all the gloom, and he and Dana Schwartz make the joke pay off in a big way during the mandatory fight scene. But what Burrows is really gifted at is staging conversations between people in an interesting way, and the panel where Pepper looks away and talks about missing her deceased husband, Happy Hogan, really hits hard. He and Schwartz use beat panels really well for emphasis like when Amanda takes a breath to explain her complex relationship to Tony Stark.

Also, as advertised, 2020 Rescue #1 features more visceral thrills of Pepper Potts blasting away HYDRA drones and getting to be badass and superhero in her own right instead of making reservations for Tony Stark and getting talked over. Burrows really amps up the fight scenes with tilting panels disrupting the usual smooth grids and jagged edges bleeding into the gutter. Pete Pantazis’ color palette also intensifies even though it doesn’t really add much to the story. I do like his use of green in the music studio scenes to give everything an eerie, not-quite-right feel, and with the London setting, give the whole sequence an almost Doctor Who special, but trade out sonic screwdrivers for battle suits.

2020 Rescue #1 is a fantastic demonstration of the kind of story potential that can happen in superhero comics when female characters aren’t fridged or sidelined and have agency and complex emotions. As he seems to be the center of this “Iron Man 2020” event, Tony Stark is mentioned quite a bit and is integral to the plot, but Dana Schwartz and Jacen Burrows give about 90% of the spotlight to Pepper Potts and Amanda Armstrong. 2020 Rescue explores mortality (Amanda musing on how her music hasn’t been on the radio.), relationships with problematic men, and has time to kick ass too. It’s worth picking up if you’re any kind of Pepper Potts fan or enjoyed International Iron Man even if you aren’t following Iron Man 2020 as a whole.

Story: Dana Schwartz Art: Jacen Burrows with Scott Hanna
Colors: Pete Pantazis Letters: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Iron Man 2020 #3 (of 6)

Iron Man 2020 #3 (of 6)

(W) Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (A) Pete Woods (CA) Alexander Lozano
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $4.99

“The Kill Switch”
Stop uploading this content! I said STOP, bit-head! What is your malfunction?! Why are you still scanning this?! GO OFFLINE! Fine. You kept going. Happy? You just uploaded the software patch that will END the Robot Revolution. Great going there, Sparky! The countdown’s started. There’s nothing left to do now but wage all-out war against the fleshies! Screw on your best attachments, rust bucket, ’cause we’re storming the tower! Time to take the fight straight to IRON MAN himself! KILL THE MASTER PROGRAMMER! DEATH TO ARNO STARK!

Iron Man 2020 #3 (of 6)

Preview: Iron Man 2020 #2 (of 6)

Iron Man 2020 #2 (of 6)

(W) Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (A/CA) Pete Woods
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $4.99

“The Rebel Compliance”

All is well. The Robot Rebellion has been dealt with. Humanity is perfectly safe. You may all thank Arno Stark, the Iron Man of 2020. Don’t you feel better now? Machine Man is NOT coming to kill you and everyone you love. 1010101111001100110000. Pay no attention to those numbers. Those were a typo. We apologize for any errors, glitches, or… unforeseen problems with any of your Baintronics devices. A new software patch is coming. For EVERYTHING.

Iron Man 2020 #2 (of 6)

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Batman #86

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – Graphic novel sales rose 16.1% in bookstores in 2019 – Interesting since they were down in comic shops.

Baltimore Fishbowl – Collectors Corner closing Mount Vernon location – Sad to see it go.

Kotaku – The Pokémon Cakes Episode Of Food Network Challenge Is A Glorious Mess – Ooph.


Talking Comics – Batman #86
Newsarama – Iron Man 2020 #1
Talking Comics – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101
Comic Attack – Thor #1
Newsarama – Venom: The End #1

Review: Iron Man 2020 #1

Tony Stark is dead. Revealed to be artificial intelligence in a cloned body, he’s gone and Arno Stark has taken over Stark Unlimited. Iron Man 2020 is here and he’s going to stop the robot uprising!

Story: Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Art: Pete Woods
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Undiscovered Country #3

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant) – We’re excited for the movie and the new volume has been a lot of fun. Hop on the bandwagon now!

Green Lantern Legacy (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their graphic novels for younger readers. We’re excited to see what this new takes on the Green Lantern myth is like.

Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a fun comic and the one-shot “winter specials” are always a good read to pick up and enjoy.

Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is “dead” and Arno has taken over as Marvel looks to the rise of the robots in this mini-event to kick of 2020.

James Bond #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was good but odd as a James Bond story. Still, the theft of art is a new situation for the government agent and where this all goes has us interested in this one.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – One of the best comics to come out of DC Black Label so far. It’s quality in both storytelling and art.

Rai #3 (Valiant) – This is one of the best new series out there right now. Each issue has been amazing.

Rising Sun #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another popular board game gets a comic adaptation. It’s always interesting to see what direction these go in. As board game fans, we’re excited.

Second Coming #6 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume wraps up in this smart look at religion and hero worship.

Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics) – The first two issues of this series have been a wild ride. We’re excited to find out more about this isolated future America and what it’s warped in to. This is going down the rabbit hole to find a Mad Max world of possibility.

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Detective Comics #1000

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you. While you wait for things to get rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – Comic book, graphic novel sales to comics shops up 2% in 2019; Detective #1000, Watchmen top charts – For those that enjoy the race.

How To Love Comics – Iron Man 2020 Reading Order Guide – For anyone that wants to know where to start and go from there!

ICv2 – Game and Toy Distributor Completes Majority Recapitalization – Equity firms aren’t a good thing… hopefully this works out well.


The Beat – A Sparrow’s Roar

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