jstarzyk's Iron Man Noir #1 - Part 1 review

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Better than other Marvel Noir books

 Iron Man Noir is an interesting take on a familiar character.  Stark and Rhodes are depicted as adventurers who are looking for a Mayan mask while chronicling their journey for a magazine.  
 
This book sets up the basic villains, involving the creation of Madame Masque and an encounter with Zemo.  It also foreshadows where the book is heading in issues to come, and I can already tell you it is going to be interesting.

It looks like Pepper Potts will be more of a side kick for Tony.  I'm interested to see where they will take her character.

The fact that this book is supposed to take place in the pre-WWII world means that the Iron Man suit and other technology are rudimentary when compared to the tech that we are used to in the modern books.  The writers did not do a great job of incorporating the tech into the story, which is a vital part of Iron Man.  I hope that they do a better job going forward.  It's going to be a challenge for them to incorporate this element in a relatively low tech world.

All in all, I enjoyed the book.  The art was pretty good, and it definitely set up a story that I'm interested in.  My major concern is that it may be too similar to Indiana Jones.  The whole 1930's/40's adventurer, looking for ancient relics, facing off against Nazis...  It seems too familiar.  They are going to have to go out of there way to trump Indy, or take the book in a more unexpected direction.

4/5

3 Comments
Posted by Decept-O

The "Noir" line-up of Marvel books is something I've had an eye on yet haven't been able to bring myself to buy.  Still don't know if I ever will but your review gave a good "taste" of what the line-up is like.
Posted by Whiplash

Agreed. Haven't really had much of a grasp of what the noir thing was all about, but your review was pretty insightful. Good job.
Posted by jstarzyk

Well, my interpretation of the Noirverse is that it re-imagines Marvels characters into the pre-war period in a noir film style.  I usually think black and white, gritty, hard-boiled style for that genre.  I haven't read all the noir books yet, but those seem to be common elements.
 
Of course, my major concern is that they are putting Iron Man into a low tech era.  We'll see what happens.

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    Since the Iron Man name sells better than just Tony Stark, I'll forgive Marvel for not naming this series Stark Noir. This first issue has little actual Iron Man in it, despite the awesome, but misleading cover. Imagine Tony Stark as Indiana Jones and you have the gist of what this comic is like. It pays homage to and invokes the feel of classic adventure pulp stories from the 30's. The message of standard hero fare like this being relevant in times of economic/political uncertainty draws a nice...

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