The New Marvel: 'Iron Man'

Iron Man 1 Marvel NowThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.



Tony Stark has always believed that science and technology were the answer to all of his problems, but since his confrontation with the Phoenix Force, he’s found himself contemplating different solutions than what he is used to.  A leader amongst his superhero peers, a playboy, and a historic businessman, Stark has found the perfect way of balancing his personal, professional, and heroic lives at the expense of his liver, but when an old threat comes back to haunt him in his newfound revelations, he puts his new experiences to the test in a battle of honor, life, and freedom.



Covering Issues #1-6

Probably the best part of Iron Man’s character and background is the new technologies that he’s come up with in his lifetime, and the beginning of this series is no different.  While I particularly like the epidermal armor that he’s previously had the best, the design for this brand new one was truly interesting, and I have to wonder why it hasn’t been thought of before—the technology certainly existed in both the Marvel universe and the theoretical realism of the world itself.  Even though Iron Man hasn’t been among my favorite superheroes, he’s still very good at kicking butt, and this new armor certainly helps him with it. Go, Stark, go!

The one thing that really gets to me in this series is both how much it focuses on Iron Man’s character and how little it truly explores his demeanor and attitude.  The revelation of his changing nature is hardly explored like I expected it to be, but it does give some information on part of his past; however, I really wanted to learn more about who he really was, what made him who he is, and how life has affected who he has become throughout the years. I feel slightly cheated that they haven’t done that fully yet; perhaps they will do so in the future.

Going forward, I really would like to see more of his personal battles against alcoholism and his playboy attitudes, and the fact that he’s not just a pretty boy in a power suit.  He has his personal demons and has a huge problem trusting people with his real self, but I would think that after almost 50 years, he would have learned his lessons, though it appears he hasn’t entirely.  I just hope that the creative team will keep working forward with their artistic talents (I’ve really come to enjoy the visual aspects of the comic.) and will get to the essential points of the series, rather than just keeping it as a continuation of what we already have known about Iron Man.

 

 

 

 

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