Picked up Iron Man Vol. 1 Issue 225 in the 50¢ box at The Annex the other day. What a great issue–a jam-packed 40 pages of Iron-Espionage as Tony tracks down the thieves who took his tech–Bob Layton and David Micheline on script duty and a job well done. The story takes place during the bulky Silver & Red armor phase–not so great, but you know–it was what it was.
The book was published in 1987, and is a really great reflection of the decade. Submitted for your approval, a mullet-sporting Tony Stark accompanied by his very best bud, Flat-Top Rhodey. In the panel on the left, note how the strap of Rhodey’s headphones conforms to the shape of his hair–not his head. Classic. This whole issue is so “Eighties” from start to finish that it made me want to put on a skinny tie just to fit in.
Lastly, a picture of Tony’s house from this same issue–did the Cinematic Universe get it right or didn’t they. Fantastic!
I was so excited for this title. I really was. In the aftermath of AvX I subscribed to a number of Now! Titles. Iron Man was probably the one I was most excited for. Having just read issue #6, I’m ready to give Kieron Gillen the stink-eye. This title is going nowhere. The first five issues were stand-alone missions that were tenuously linked to Extremis. There was no arc; just 5 stories that didn’t even need to involve Extremis. Finally, at the end of #5, Tony broke the bonds of Earth and headed to meet a new destiny among the stars.
My excitement was rekindled! Finally, a connection to the time that the Golden Avenger will clearly be spending with the Guardians of the Galaxy! Issue #6 arrived in the mail yesterday and went straight to the top of the pile.
What a disappointment was Godkiller 1 of 3. The “battle” alluded to on the first 3 pages was glossed over when it could’ve been the focus of an entire issue. I want to know more about this “Mechanoid Pirate Fleet” and why the Voldi are warring with them…to say nothing of how Tony found them…why he is fighting for them, etc. Nah, quick 3 pages and then we’re in some Alien Cantina and Mr. Stark is hitting on an Alien Princess with a serious Unibrow..situation.
12 pages of stale dialogue later, Princess Unibrow throws Tony out of her boudoir because of…facial hair? More like Irony Man.
Finally in the last couple of pages, Mr. Gillen decides to try and cobble together some semblance of a story and tie it into the AvX Aftermath. OK, so Tony is going on trial for his part in the murder of the Phoenix. This title has 2 issues (Godkiller 2/3 and 3/3) to get me back..to make itself worthy of the title Iron Man. Otherwise I’m sure I’ll be seeing plenty of Mr. Stark in Avengers and Avengers Assemble!, both of which are rockin’ it!
Issue #6 gets a 1 out of 5 Arc Reactors and would’ve gotten a ZERO POINT ZERO if not for the cool force field P.E.P.P.E.R. throws up when the Robots attack. Sheesh!
Honey, shave that thing off. Or pluck it..shed it..whatever.
Avengers Assemble took a turn for the Awesome when Kelly Sue DeConnick took over the writing in the book’s second arc. After what started out as a bit of a lark to find the missing Professor Sorokin, Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderwoman and Thor were in Antarctica, investigating some mysterious deaths at an outpost when Dr. Banner drank some very bad juju. Iron Man whisked Banner away to the Helicarrier (and judging from #11’s cover, they don’t make it) as Captains America and Marvel traced what they think is the source of the threat. Outfoxed by Yun Guang Han & forced to retreat, the Captains are rejoining the other Avengers to deal with a bilious green infected Hulk. Anyway, that’s where issue 10 left me hangin’.
#11 was waiting for me on my desk when I got home tonight (my lovely wife put it there for me, ain’t she great?). Tonight’s reading has been determined!
1.26.2013 Post-Read Update with ~~~SPOILERS~~~
Well, leave it to great cover art to make me mis-remember a storyline! Hulk was already in his cage aboard the Helicarrier at the end of issue 10 of course, and Spiderwoman had been tasked with injecting him with the antibiotic.
So, on to issue 11….too much too fast! I know this title was released to coincide with the movie, and that it’s targeting a younger audience, but the team wrapped this one up way too quickly! In just a couple of pages the bacterial threat was contained, Yun Guang Han was neutralized and the Team was back in NYC for 3 pages of yukkity yuk bet settling. I thought this arc was going to spread out over a few issues of high drama! What’s the rush? This was a great story, ended too early.