Another summer, another Marvel reboot. One series that I’ve been curious about is Tony Stark: Iron Man by Dan Slott. You see, I’m a huge fan of Iron Man. However I haven’t been to interested in the various direction they’ve taken the armored avenger. Will this latest relaunch make me become a regular reader? Or will it make me stay away once again, while I yearn for a series about Tony Stark that I want to read. Read further, warning there will be spoilers.
Slott Brings The Toys
One of the more interesting about Tony Stark is his arsenal. What cool and interesting armors will take center stage? Well that’s one thing I really enjoyed about this debut issue, Stark’s cool new toys. It’s pretty clear that Slott has no intention of placing Tony in a realistic setting and that’s reflected in his armor choices. While none of them are particularly original, the way they’re used was really fun. However that’s where my praise stops.
Not A Fan of Tony’s Dialog
Ever since Iron Man 1, Marvel writers have tried to mimic Robert Downey Junior’s portrayal. Some instances were successful, in other cases I wish I could scrub my memory from them. Slott’s dialog for Stark can be summed up in one word, cringe. In certain scenes I enjoyed the energy that Slott channeled through Stark, and it make sense given that he’s been given a new lease on life. However hearing Tony shout out his attacks like he’s in a fighting game felt totally out of character. If this is what Slott has in store for this series, I’m already checking out.
Art was a pleasant surprise
Despite my problems with certain aspects of Slotts writing, I was pleasantly surprised by the pencils by Valerio Schiti. His storytelling (outside of one page) was super good, and his scenes with Fing Fang Foom were off the charts. There’s a kinetic energy that I can felt as I examined each page. His scale during the pages featuring Fing Fang Foom was on point. I can only hope that Schiti stays on the book for a good length of time.
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 was a bombastic first issue, it actually managed to set the stage without it feeling like a typical set up issue. Even though I would tone down the cringe factor, the excellent art will be enough to get me to come back for issue 2.
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 earns a 4/5