First off, Marvel has unveiled Adi Granov's new cover for the Extremis hardcover. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Extremis storyline, only because I thought Tony looked silly in the yellow tech-jumpsuit he had to wear. If you read the issues, you know we had some interesting stories written by Warren Ellis and some very nice art by Adi Granov.
The Granov version of the hardcover will be available exclusively at comic shops. That means if you pick up your trades and hardcovers at the big chain bookstores, you won't be able to pick up this beauty.
In case you missed it, Marvel also showed off Iron Man's new armor a week and a half ago:
Sure it looks shiny but it doesn't really look all that new. I am curious to see Tony return from the events in "Tony Stark: Disassembled." I wonder how Tony will integrate the new suit and agree with Matt Fraction's desire to give Tony a sleeker, more modern look.
What about Fin Fang Foom? Have you heard he'll be appearing in Iron Man 2? Back in July, we saw footage a gigantic green screen that was used for Iron Man 2. Some speculation was that it could be for Fin Fang Foom. Adi Granov confirms that Fin Fang Foom will indeed be appearing in the movie.
See this image to the left? Granov mentioned that this was his design for Jon Favreau's Viva Las Vegas book (no word on when we'll see issue #3).
So Fin Fang Foom won't be appearing in the way we thought, which you have to admit, is for the best.
This was my design for Fin Fang Foom for the Iron Man Viva Las Vegas book I was doing with Jon Favreau. But this image in particular was done for the IM movie and used as a billboard in one of the scenes where Iron Man flies past it. It's very quick, but Jon wanted to have a kind of a cool easter egg in there.
The final bit of news is Iron Man will be getting the NOIR treatment in April. The four issue mini series will be written by Scott Snyder with art by Manuel Garcia.
Snyder describes Stark as more of a Doc Savage or Allan Quartermain type character and that makes perfect sense. I didn't think we'd see Iron Man get the Noir treatment. It will be interesting to see how a character with an iron suit will work in this time period. We can look forward to seeing Noir versions of Baron Zemo, Count Nefaria and Madame Masque.
"It's hard to imagine Tony Stark in armor in a noir setting," admits Snyder. "People have been kidding with me about if he's going to be in a fedora and an iron pin-stripe suit. So, one of the things that I thought would be fun is to take a slightly different tack and think a little bit more about pulp and 30's adventure stories than strict noir and hardboiled fiction, although, he certainly has his dark notes between his alcoholism and father issues."
There's a round up of Iron Man news. I'm sure as the movie approaches we'll be hearing more and more.