In #11, Rhodey and the Avengers track down the missing-in-action Tony Stark, who’s gone undercover to investigate a new threat. Meanwhile, the task of saving Stark’s company from its own board falls to one Mary Jane Watson. And a teenage girl tests out the Iron Man–like suit of armored tech she built in her dorm room.
A lot going on, all of it fun, and enough remains unresolved to make a compelling case for reading #12.
It’s no secret that the aforementioned teenage girl, Riri Williams, will be taking over the book as Iron Maiden (while Doctor Doom becomes the Infamous Iron Man). Tony Stark is pretty inimitable as Iron Man, so I’m wary of replacements. But Riri, if approached as a new character rather than “the new Iron Man,” does show potential. A genius teenager who literally builds her own powers is prime comic book material. So I’ll keep an open mind.
In any case, Invincible Iron Man has been a thoroughly enjoyable read through this point.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Cover: Mike Deodato and Rain Beredo
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: recent back issues; Comixology; included in Invincible Iron Man vol. 2: The War Machines (HC)
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up