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‘Tony Stark: Iron Man’ #1 Review

After ending his epic Spider-man run this week, Dan Slott has also launched his new Iron Man series and the results were mixed. This issue has a lot going for it, but ultimately feels shallow.

The structure of the issue was great, as it is meant to show the daily experiences of Tony Stark and has a rushed feel to it. The book throws a lot of concepts and characters at the reader, but it works in the context of a hectic day in the life of Tony Stark. An interesting way to world build that allows Slott to quickly introduce the many changes he has made to Tony’s life.  This includes expanding Stark’s company into something larger than it was previously, a center for futurism and improving the world.  A surprising change, but one that should have been made long ago.

Slott built a great supporting cast for Peter Parker during his time on the Spider-man titles and he does the same for Iron Man. The book quickly develops the cast for Slott’s series and the character dynamics mostly work. I am not sure if her characterization was intentional, but Jocasta is exactly the same as L3-37 from Solo: A Star Wars Story. She is funny, but I cannot help but view it as being derivative, especially since the droid debuted in the Lando series starring the younger incarnation played by Donald Glover.

The problem is that Slott does little to establish his plans for the series, his take on Stark’s character or a credible first antagonist. There is no sense of where the series is going and Slott’s script focuses very little on Tony Stark, something future stories will ultimately improve on. There is a hint as towards what the series will do in future issue in an epilogue, but it is vague and feels fairly disconnected from the main story.

Fing Fang Foom can be cool, but ultimately his fight with Iron Man did not feel exciting or interesting. He is just a random monster attacking the city, and could heave easily been replaced by any manner of large marvel terrors.

Valerio Schiti’s art perfectly captures the whimsical and lighter approach to the series that Slott is taking with his story. Schiti’s figures are expressive and he renders the large action scene well with each character having a sense of movement with panels that indicate the scale of Foom’s threat.

Over-all Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 has the potential for a great series, but Slott needs to truly define what separates his Iron Man series from its predecessors.

Rating: 3/5

Tony Stark: Iron Man is currently on sale now at local comics book stores and digitally.

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