TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1
Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Valerio Schiti, Edgar Delgado, Joe Caramagna
Edited by: Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
TAKE FLIGHT WITH DAN SLOTT & VALERIO SCHITI! From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure! You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man. And Iron Man…is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit!
Take wing with DAN SLOTT (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and VALERIO SCHITI (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) as they propel the ultimate Self-Made Hero to new heights of inventiveness! Tony Stark is Iron Man. The future is now. Strap in!
What I thought about it…
Tony Stark is back in the Iron Man suit, and he’s starring in a new title written by Dan Slott, and drawn by Valerio Schiti. I decided to give this book a try mostly out of curiosity. It certainly wasn’t because of Dan Slott, he’s hit or miss with me. But I do enjoy Valetio Schiti’s art quite a bit, so that was a plus. So how was Tony Stark: Iron Man #1?
Pretty sensational actually.
Dan Slott’s take on Tony Stark owes a lot to the way Robert Downey, Jr. plays Stark in the movies, that isn’t abything new I suppose. But I think Slott is the only writer to actually nail this version of Tony Stark in comics. Every time he showed up in issue #1, I kept seeing Downey Jr. delivering the lines, and landing with the jokes.
I also liked how Slott introduced a new supporting cast for Tony. There’s familiar faces like, James Rhodes, Jocasta, and Bethany Cabe, but we also meet newcomer Andy Bhang. He’s an old friend of Tony Stark’s from his college days, and the flashback scenes in this issue were pretty cool. Dan Slott even sets up the new team in a spanking new corporate headquarters in New York.
Somehow, Dan Slott achieved all that in one single issue. That’s a rare thing these days. I mean, had Brian Michael Bendis tried doing the same thing as Slott, it would have taken Bendis at least seven issues, if not more.
Meanwhile, Valerio Schiti’s work is freaking brilliant! Whether he’s drawing a college robotics tournament, or a three-panel page of Fin Fang Foom, Schiti always delivers the goods. His facial expressions were dead on too, especially when Andy Bhang realizes he’s been dealing with a Tony Stark hologram and not the man himself. The art throughout Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 is top-to-bottom incredible, as is the inking and color work.
At the end of the day, Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 had everything that’s been missing from an Iron Man comic for over a decade: humor, action, a clear direction, a great supporting cast, and an unexpected twist. And if that wasn’t enough, this comic even has a giant freaking Iron Man battling Fin Fang Foom. By the way, is it me, or does the giant Iron Man look a lot like Voltron?
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 score: A