Invincible Iron Man #1 Review

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Posted October 7, 2015 by John Newby in Comic Books

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis

Art by: David Marquez

Publisher: Marvel

The world of Marvel has been exciting as of late. Thor is a different gender, Secret Wars is beginning again, and Sam Wilson—The Falcon—has taken the role of Captain America. Now, Iron Man has returned in a new series with a few changes. Granted, Tony Stark hasn’t evolved like other Marvel Characters, but his life is still different than Robert Downey, Jr. and the movies portray. Invincible Iron Man #1 is the first issue in an exciting new series, and boy, does it perfectly capture Tony Stark’s essence without seeming like a copy of  Robert Downey, Jr.

Invincible Iron Man #1 is a very unique comic in that it adds an air of mystery to the world of Tony Stark. Yes, the issue does show the antagonist at crucial moments, but it doesn’t explain anything about her. This lack of information is expected for an early issue, but it’s also fantastic simply because Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t beat you over the head with story. You don’t need to know every little detail about Iron Man’s universe in the first issue. Bendis divvies up the information and gives it to the reader in bite-sized pieces. This method is better in that it gives the reader something to anticipate.

Invincible Iron Man #1 is mainly divided into two main and vastly different storylines—Tony Stark’s date and new technology. Both stories are interesting for different reasons, but the first date takes center stage. Tony’s date is a brilliant biophysicist with an amazing new discovery that could change the world. On top of that, Tony’s date is a little bit of a smart aleck who likes to dish out sass as needed. This date immediately sees through Tony’s persona and gives him a hard time in a fun and playful way. Sadly, the date isn’t around for that long because of some story moments. Hopefully, the biophysicist makes a return later in the series.

Of course, new technology is always more exciting when Tony Stark is involved. Stark is best known for creating amazing Iron Man suits and Invincible Iron Man #1 is no different. The newest Iron Man outfit is supposed to become the ultimate piece of equipment, combining the best aspects of the previous versions. Plus, this newest armor takes away the unnerving aspects like uninhabited armor walking around the house.

Invincible Iron Man #1 is the newest addition to Marvel’s series of reboots, and it doesn’t fail to impress. Brian Michael Bendis crafts an interesting story that doesn’t rely on or copy Robert Downey, Jr. Yes, I have mentioned this point multiple times, but I am just so impressed with how Bendis handled the character. This version of Tony Stark seems to be his own man with some different personality traits than the movies. The humor is still present, but even that has a different feel. The jokes are slightly different, and there is an underlying seriousness to the character.

Invincible Iron Man #1 has a ton of little moments that make story better, including one fantastic little cameo. Each changing scene makes you pay attention to spot the little details.

There are so many reasons to pick up this first issue that you should probably stop reading this review and go grab your wallet. Trust me, it’s great.


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John Newby

A random dude obsessed with coffee, blue heelers, and most nerdy things. Big fan of Star Wars, Borderlands, Arrow/Flash, and a whole lotta video games. The Saboteur is underrated, and Silverado is the best movie ever made.