Counter Monkey Review - IRON MAN (NOW) #1 by: Jesse "the 'hawk" Arnold
THE NOTIONTony Stark. Self-obsessed, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, turtleneck wearing...guy. Also has an incredible bit of tech widely known as Iron Man. It's a suit he puts on à la Sailor Moon/T2 transmogrification. [It's nano-techishness buried in his skin.] He's smart, has a wicked suit of armor, fights bad guys, and gives 007 a run for his money in meaningless hook-ups. Scratch that last bit, Bond usually is being all espionage-y and getting info from said hook-up. And he's doing it all, NOW!
Writer/Plot: Kieron Gillen
I do believe this is the first book I've read by this writer. Okay that's a lie. I suppose I've read a few X-Men or Uncanny X-Men or AvX things he had his hand in. But for some reason (I'm sure nothing to do with his writing) I've not found those issues memorable. I've always liked the idea of Iron Man, but never felt compelled to read the title. So, I figured I'd give this one a shot just because...hey it's a new #1!
This issue feels like a complete set up story. As someone who has not followed the metal plated Mr. Stark (I feel that he should pick up the catch phrase, Nuclear winter is coming...) maybe I'm missing some crucial developmental things to really understand the deeper story here. But most things feel like: here's this bit of info...it'll lead to something later. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
For now, I'm going to blame my lack of Starkian Lore on why this story didn't impress me. Like I said, it feels like it's building to something bigger, which I suppose that's what you want a story to do. I just don't know why I should care. I like Tony in the movies, but there wasn't much to him in this issue. Also, the blonde at the bar playing bimbo...but not bimbo, I don't know what to do with that. Oh...right...Tony's a genius, billionaire, philanderer...I mean philanthropist.
Pencils/Art: Greg Land (and other people on colors etc)
Let me get this out right up front. I do not like Greg Land art. All his females look the same. I mean *exactly* the same, baring whatever color changes can be made. I'm going to leave it at that, because I don't want this to get ugly.
That said, there was one image of Pepper Potts that I found quite well done, and his rendering of the Iron Man armor, I have to admit, is pretty slick. Not to mention I really dig the black/gold palate. I know the red/gold is pretty standard and kinda iconic, the black/gold gives off this, do not mess with me vibe.
Okay I have to say it...take any panel of this book that features the blonde from the club: 1) color her hair red = Jean Grey 2) color her hair purple = Psylocke 3) change hair to white and skin brown = Storm. And they all have the same facial expressions! Gah! I can't stand it.
SPOILER!!! Tony shaves his mustache/goatee and it literally makes him look like a different person. (Also there is a cheesy line of dialogue about some mumbo-jumbo sciencey thing that will allow him to regrow it quickly...really? So cool.) ((Not to mention the really bad dialogue between Tony and said blonde from bar, did they give her a name?)) But the shaving...he doesn't look like the Dean Cain/Eric Roberts love child that he did in the early pages of the issue. And a turtle neck in a night club? Such a dandy.
Okay. My rant is over.
After saying all that, I love the coloring on this book. It really sets the tone and mood for the scenes. This is not sarcasm. I actually really liked this portion of the book. Also, despite my seeming dislike, I'm going to say I want to know more. I don't know for how long my interest will last, as I feel satisfied with the portrayal of Tony/Iron Man in the movies. But for now, I do want to see what happens next.
RESULTS: 2.5 out of 5 Nanomite-dandruff covered Turtlenecks
If you love Stark and his reign of Winterfell...I mean his Extremis Armor, check it out. Or if you're a Greg Land fan. Don't worry, I won't judge you if like his stuff. I just don't. I'm sure there is something I love that you don't like. Like Lima Beans, Spam, or Jar Jar Binks. Iron Man not your speed, well let me tell you about Fairest....
Whatever you do...Read More Comics!!