Title: Invincible Iron Man #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Artwork by: David Marquez
Rating: 3 out of 5
Last week’s relaunch of Invincible Iron Man is one of many post-Secret Wars titles that, because of the delays and expansion of the event, have been released ahead of the finale. It also may be responsible for the abrupt ending of Superior Iron Man, a series that saw Tony Stark as an overbearing app developer. Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez aim to return the character to the more accessible, fan friendly version of his former self.
Bendis’s writing is fun, light, and enjoyable. The phrase “jumping on point” is thrown around a ton, but this first issue, appropriately, serves to be just that. Make no mistake, the Tony Stark in these pages is Robert Downy Jr. A new comic fan who strictly knows the character from the movies will have a couple of questions, but will quickly be able to catch up due to Tony’s internal dialogue, and Bendis’s overall skill of character exposition.
David Marquez, a frequent collaborator of Bendis’s, brings fire to this book. His linework is so clean, it’s almost as if he’s got a bionic hand. Starktech, maybe? Hyperbole aside, the art is fantastic, and sure to appeal to a wide audience. The decision to return Tony to the classic red and gold scheme is welcome. While the suit isn’t as visibly tech heavy as previous iterations, it does have a distinct look to it.
Is it worth picking up? Ultimately, yes. Full disclosure, I came into this with a strong bias. I love (former writer of Superior Iron Man) Tom Taylor’s knack for vilifying mainstream superheroes by only slightly turning up their personalities. I want to give it a few more issues before making an overall verdict, but the vibe of the book is great, and so far it’s an entertaining story.