Every day for the next year, I will briefly review one comic book – but only the good books. Sometimes individual issues, sometimes full storylines or trade paperbacks. Sometimes recent offerings, sometimes old. But all will be worth checking out. For the benefit of parents, I’ll recommend what ages the book is appropriate for. I won’t bother giving a star or letter-grade rating. If it’s included, it’s at least a B+ book. So whether you’re a casual comics read, a serious fan who may have missed something, or the parent of a young reader trying to navigate this crazy world, hopefully you’ll pick up some good tips over the next 365 days. And these will be free of major spoilers.
So, the Marvel Cinematic Universe managed pretty well by starting off with Iron Man, so I’ll go with that…
Brian Michael Bendis has been one of the most reliable writers in the industry for over 15 years now, and he’s not losing any steam. He perfectly captures Tony Stark’s voice; the Robert Downey Jr. influence is on display here and an excellent match for Bendis’s talky style. The conversation between Stark and new romantic interest Amara Perera is fantastic and ends with a terrific punchline.
David Marquez’s art also suits the book exceptionally well. He draws expressive characters and kinetic action. Whether people are talking or fighting, the book moves.
The storyline involves two classic villains—Madame Masque and Doctor Doom—and magic, which will no doubt pull Iron Man out of his element in entertaining fashion as events unfold.
This is a comic that knows how to have fun, and I’m looking forward to the next issue hitting the Marvel Unlimited library. (Marvel Unlimited lags several months behind the direct sales editions.) If they keep this quality up, I might even spring for the trades or floppies.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
How to Read It: Recent back issue; Marvel Unlimited; included in Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1: Reboot (HC)
Appropriate For: 13 and up