Iron Man is one of the latest relaunched Marvel NOW! series. Writing this new series is previous Journey into Mystery writer, Kieron Gillen and pencilling is Greg Land. The issue opens with Tony Stark talking about his beliefs, or lack of. Gillen writes the character well and it all sounds natural. While talking Tony is just flying about in the sky looking down at the city, which seems normal, I’d certainly fly about aimlessly if I had an Iron Man suit. Also I like how the Iron Man suit always looks badass, not just in this issue but all the time. It’s something I’ve never noticed before, but it does and that’s awesome.
The issue itself revolves around the return of Extremis. If you don’t know what that is, I seriously recommend reading the miniseries Extremis by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov. The basic gist is that it was an attempt to make super-soldiers like Captain America that were very dangerous in the wrong hands and funnily enough this thing ends up in the wrong hands a lot. In fact it’s in a few wrong hands as Tony finds out at the end of this issue. Overall, the story was good and set up the rest of the arc well.
I did have a slight problem with the art. It looks good in action scenes and with suits like Salvador Larroca’s art in the previous Iron Man series, but unfortunately also like Larroca’s art, the faces in this issue look weird. Not the same weird as Larroca’s, but different weird. Is this a requirement for Iron Man series artists now? You have to draw suits and action well but you must draw faces that look like you’ve constantly taken a picture of someone making a stupid face. However, it seems to just be Tony’s face drawn badly now. In the review for the last issue of Invincible Iron Man, I included a picture of a stupid-looking Tony Stark. Well here is another.
The art isn’t all bad and everything else in the issue is very good. There are some cool moments, including Tony testing a new type of suit that forms itself onto his body, and when he shaves so that he won’t be recognized that help to make this issue even better. Kieron Gillen manages to write a very enjoyable first issue that works well for fans of Iron Man and manages to not alienate new readers at the same time, while also setting up an interesting story arc for future issues. I’m looking forward to issue to 2 and I think this book is definitely worth getting. Hopefully issue 2 is just as good if not better.
[Written by contributor Conor Johnston]
IRON MAN #1
KIERON GILLEN (W) • GREG LAND (A&C)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
ARTIST VARIANT COVER by ADI GRANOV
BABY VARIANT cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
Design Variant by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
32 PGS/Rated T+