Tomorrow sees the publication of the final issue of Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man. And the first issue of Dan Slott's Tony Stark: Iron Man, Swerving from a man who know that with great power comes great responsibility to one who throws off the responsibility where he can in favour of a cool ride.
This is very much a day in the life of Tony Stark. Dealing with a major disaster threat, innovating tech, getting involved in the science community, hiring people – r rather plugging people in like circuits into his overall vision thing, And then hoping it all comes together at the last moment. It's a fun fluid ride of a comic book that never stops moving – no board meetings here, thanks to Valerie Schiti and Edgar Delgado, everyone has direction, a smooth kineticism and the whole comic slips through so very easily even as it crosses the years. And those who may not have had such direction are granted it by Tony Stark through dint of being in proximity to the man. Nudged, moved, prodded along until they come close to matching his velocity under their own speed.
But this debit issue also lays the ground for something even more interesting. Those of you who enjoyed A Star Wars Story: Solo, as I did, may have been saddened to contemplate that L37's campaign for droid rights has come to nought. No Martin Luther King, she, we know from the Star Wars films that into the future, droids are sold as slaves, treated as objects or spare parts and tortured.
Well, we are getting that moment in Iron Man, with the robot created by Ultron as his mate, and yes the subtext of that is as dodgy as it gets, being reinvented as a campaigner for robotic rights. And having that position at Stark Industries.
His armours do have a tendency to become sentient after all. But only now is that being codified into an actual concern.
If this was an allegory for slavery, it would be a clumsy and erroneous one. It works here however as an allegory for evolving humanity becoming sensitive to issues that matter to people where in the past it may have bulldozed over them. Offering a different perspective that to some may initially seem laughable until one sees real concern, engages empathy and tried to understand. And will be relevant to future concerns that we currently have no conception of, as well.
Oh yes, and Andy. No spoilers. But with Invincible Iron Man having revealed Tony Stark's biological father as quite the shit, could Tony be looking for a replacement figure in his life?
TONY STARK IRON MAN #1
(W) Dan Slott (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Alexander Lozano
TAKE FLIGHT WITH DAN SLOTT & VALERIO SCHITI!
From the cusp of tomorrow's dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure!
You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man.
And Iron Man…is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit!
Take wing with DAN SLOTT (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Valerio Schiti (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) as they propel the ultimate Self-Made Hero to new heights of inventiveness!
Tony Stark is Iron Man. The future is now. Strap in!
Rated T+In Shops: Jun 20, 2018