IRON MAN #1
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Art by Greg Land
Size: 0 pages
Praise God—or evolution—that it’s not Robert Downey Jr!
I picked up Iron Man #1 for one reason only: to see if Tony Stark acted like Robert Downey Jr., and slap me silly Joe Biden: he does not!
Much is owed to Kieron Gillen for balancing the old with the new. Is this the sarcastic, head-strong and brash Tony Stark? Hell yes. But is he also pretty damn introspective? Surprisingly, yes, and, in my opinion, this is the strength of the issue.
Or maybe I’m just emo.
Focusing on the theme of belief, Gillen develops Stark’s character by giving him a central question to answer–“What can you put your faith in: technology, yourself or the future?”–and uses much of the plot to develop this question further. This question, along with a focus on the idea of power and playing God, really sets Gillen’s take on Iron Man apart.
However, the draw-back, to be expected, is the art and the run of the mill storytelling that crowds the rest of these pages. Simply put, apart from the aformentioned characterization and focus on theme, there’s really nothing unique about this issue.
The art, the colors and the ‘bad people have powerful machines’ plot rumbles my bowel movements and forces me to ask myself, “Did I just eat Mexican or is this comic just plain shit?”
The jury’s still out on that one (I’m drinking copious amounts of water); however, because of Gillen’s refreshing characterization and commitment to theme , Iron Man #1—NOW, like right fucking NOW—is a mild recommendation from me–and my bowel movements–to you.
Art: 2 - Average