Iron Man 2 review

Kieron Gillen said early on that the first five or so issues of his Iron Man run would be one off stories that link together. So far, that promise has been fulfilled. This was a fun comic, and it’s very easy to understand for new readers.

Tony Stark is tracking down a handful of Extremis shipments. This issue has him confronting Arthur, an idealist similar to Stark himself. He is building suits similar, yet different to Iron Man’s armor, and openly invites Iron Man to a “tournament” where the winner takes Extremis. Iron Man has to duel each of these suit pilots, one at a time. While their suits are inferior to Stark’s tech, their pilots are perhaps much more skilled. The payoff is just as entertaining as it sounds.

This issue also introduces another technologist, Meredith, who Iron Man has defeated in the past (don’t know if she’s a previously existing character or not). All of these different characters borrow names from Arthurian legends for their code names; Arthur sees himself as a crusader himself. A lot of time is spent exploring Lancelot, one of the suit wearers. The internal monologues are almost all from his perspective, and he’s an interesting character I wouldn’t mind seeing again. The parallels to Arthurian legends add extra depth to this comic, even though it would still be entertaining without them.

Greg Land is on the art, and it’s relatively inoffensive by his standards. There aren’t too many faces seen in this issue – it’s mostly just iron suits dueling each other. The excessive smiles and grins aren’t as bad as they usually are either. The colouring is good, the backgrounds are usually good and the dueling is easy to follow. It seems like Kieron Gillen knows how to utilize Land’s strengths while minimizing his weaknesses. That said, this issue won’t change your mind if you hate Land’s art.

This comic is a fun read. It’s a self-contained story with some actual depth. Everything you need to know is on the recap page, although the first issue explains Extremis in greater detail. If you’re interested in an Iron Man comic, this is worth checking out. I’m not sure if I’ll read this series much after this though – I’m not really an Iron Man fan outside of the movies. I’ll probably read the rest of the Extremis issues though.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Iron Man 2 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This issue was much better, on account of Land having less opportunity to break our minds with the Lovecraftian horrors that he tries to pass off as faces. The duels were fun, as was Stark’s solution. Meredith is a new characters, as best as I can tell. Certainly I never saw her before, and I’ve read a lot of Iron Man’s comics from the ’60s and ’70s, which seems to be the era the flashback took place in, going by his armour in that scene. So I think she’s new. And I’d definitely like to see more of “Lancelot.” Pretty neat new character, even if the last-panel reveal was a bit cheesy. Makes me wonder if Gillen is maybe a Metroid fan. (He did write for UK gaming magazines, after all.)


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