Review: Invincible Iron Man #1
Title: Invincible Iron Man #1 (2015)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
We’ve come at last to the start of the newest wave of Marvel relaunches, the nearly annual ritual in which the publisher assigns big-name creative teams to flagship characters for a new batch of Number 1’s. One of the highest profile titles this time around is the new Invincible Iron Man helmed by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez. Going into this week, I have to admit that I wasn’t terribly hyped about this book; I haven’t picked up a lot of Bendis books in recent years, having burned out on his speech patterns and character tropes a while back, while my readership of Iron Man has been on-again-off-again at best. In spite of this, I decided to give this book a shot, and boy am I glad that I did.
Picking up with Tony putting the finishing touches on the latest iteration of his armor, this issue mostly features a lot of set-up. We see Madam Masque receive a mysterious package and go on a crime spree, as well as Tony go on a date with prominent Sri Lankan scientist. And really, that’s about it. Yet in spite of there not being a lot going on, I enjoyed this issue immensely; yes, it’s all set-up, but it’s set-up done well.
A lot of this has to do with the writer being a good fit for the character. Bendis’s usual tone may not be a good fit for the likes of Captain America or Beast from the X-Men, but it fits Tony Stark quite well. Bendis gives Tony an affable arrogance and has his humor down pat. And for this first issue at least, there were none of the flustered arguments that got so old to me after a while. All said, there was a lot of fine character work in this first issue that has me looking forward to more. The scene where Tony tries to “accidentally” have a fellow Avenger show up during his date was a particular favorite of mine.
What really blew me away, though, was the outstanding artwork from David Marquez. I’ve never had much of an introduction to his work before, so seeing the detail and skill that he put into this issue was quite the revelation. From the intricate design of Madam Masque’s headgear, to the dynamic action of characters in motion, to the subtle expressions made by the characters in more mellow scenes, Marquez doesn’t miss a beat.
Of all the new relaunches I read over the weekend, this one surprised me by being my favorite. The book is off to a good start, and that’s even before we got to see Tony’s newest armor in action. The character seems to be heading in a great direction, and you can be sure that I’ll be appropriately excited for Issue #2.
Verdict: 4.5 Stars. Definitely read it.