by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Kieron Gillen, Art by Greg Land
Published: April 2013
I just don’t get this series at all. Having followed Iron Man for quite some time I am irked at almost every aspect of this new re-launch. From a marketing standpoint I get the idea of a re-launch. But, why do it in the way it is being done? Iron Man III is coming out where he faces off against the Mandarin which was covered before the NOW issues. Avengers II and the Defenders are a bit down the road…yet here we have Tony off bumbling around in space with no particular point or focus.
Focus. I think that is what gets me the most. After an epic battle with the Mandarin that took Tony through all sorts of emotional places that series ended with him walking away from it all. That made sense. He needed to get away from it all and try and find himself and his place in the world. If that is the case then why in the hell is he just being plain ole Tony cruising in space and hitting on anything female whether it is alien or not? Where is the focus? Where is the growth of character we should expect? That is my problem with this series. It is just so random and it feels like Keiron Gillen is just playing off the character or expected character of Tony Stark rather than delving into it. It is just a waste.
The art is…well it is still being drawn by Greg Land. This issue is marginally better than the last mainly because of the change of scenery. Overall I think it matches the story well in that they both aren’t right for Iron Man.
This is another putrid 4 or 5 out of 10 review. On another note, I am less enthused about the suit then when this series started. I think that says a lot as the title is Iron Man. You don’t need to tweak everything to make it better or cooler. Small, thoughtful adjustments were always the best ones.