INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Stefano Caselli, Marte Gracia
Published by Marvel Comics
Once upon a time, Brian Michael Bendis was one of my favorite comic writers. His work on Powers and the early Ultimate Spider-Man being my favorite stuff. Then, starting in 2004, I felt he took a big fat dump on the Avengers and then, the entire Marvel Universe.
I tried to stick around, but I just couldn’t deal with 6 issue Bendis storylines that could have been told in 2-3 issues. In 2005 I disavowed having ever liked anything written by Brian Michael Bendis. Then last week, I decided to buy the all new Invincible Iron Man series, not realizing it was written by him. But you know what? This issue rocked!
Invincible Iron Man #1 introduced me to Riri Williams, and this young lady is a breath of fresh air in today’s comic books. Riri is a funny teenage girl who just happens to be super genius. This young woman just wants to help people, and that means diving head first into a superhero gig. Riri has a good reason for this, and Bendis gives the readers several dramatic flashbacks into her young life.
Even though I’m only one issue in, I already know enough about Riri to understand why she’s doing this, but I’m hopeful that future issues will explore her background even further. One of the things I’d like to see is how she was able to interact so well with others, because in the first couple of pages its even mentioned she gets bored easily because she’s so smart.
I wasn’t too familiar with Stefano Caselli artwork, but I’m glad he’s attached to this book. Caselli delivered fabulous pencils from the page one to the last, capturing the spirit of today’s teenagers. more importantly, Riri looks like a teenager and not some 90’s bad girl.
Now the question is will Stefano Caselli stick around for more than an arc or two. I mean, am I the only comic fan that misses the day when creators stayed on a series for months or years?
Anyways, Invincible Iron Man #1 was a fantastic first issue featuring one of the most exciting new characters to hit comics in a long time. Overall I found the tone of this issue to be light and optimistic, which is saying a lot considering Brian Bendis wrote this book. But I hate to give the man credit, he did an excellent job with the new Iron Man.
The age of the invincible Riri is here folks, and thank the comic book Gods for that.