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Iron Man #1 - Believe, 1 of 5: Demons and Genies Review

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Marvel NOW! is here and Iron Man has a new creative team and a new problem to deal with.

The Good

From the very first page, we get a good introduction into how Tony Stark thinks and what he believes in. It's a nice way to start off the new series and seeing the new armor will make older readers immediately curious (don't worry, it's explained in the issue).

Iron Man is more than just a guy in an armored suit. Kieron Gillen understands that. Seeing Tony Stark in a nightclub setting allows him to be Tony Stark. The particular club he's at is a nice little nod and ties this title to the rest of the Marvel Universe. The dialogue is just right. Seeing this side of Tony reminds us that he may be a complete hero but there is also this other side to him. And he's not just a bumbling playboy idiot with just a couple things on his mind.

If you're afraid the entire issue will feature Tony picking up women, no need to worry. There is a character from Tony's recent past on the run and in danger. This will pull Tony into his next battle and it's definitely one to keep him busy. That's the key to Iron Man, trying to come up with different villains and nemeses to fight.

What about the art? Many have been wondering what Greg Land's take on the book would be like. His style with many having the happy/smirking look fits when we see Tony Stark on the prowl. The tech scenes look nice and while I was unsure of the look of the new armor, I have to say I do like it. It may not be his traditional suit or the traditional colors but how many times has Tony changed his suit only to revert back to a more familiar look later? I also have to say there was one panel with an A.I.M. agent and he looked pretty bad-ass. We're talking about a guy in a yellow 'beekeeper' suit! Then there was Tony Stark's disguise used later. Pretty brilliant.

The Bad

As great of a character Iron Man is, it always comes down to the villains in making or breaking the stories. We do have an interesting start. The choice of the threat may not completely blow you away but it does give Tony a new set of problems he won't be able to easily deal with as if it were nothing.

The smiles in the art can be a little much. Pepper Potts looked a little too glamorous, even if she was out for the night at a club. Characters are sometimes standing around in odd ways with strange expressions. Greg Land's art works better on some books versus others. He's showing that the armor, fighting scenes and explosions can look good but the expressions on people's faces is always a distraction.

I need to see more of the suit and how it works to form a firm opinion on it.

The Verdict

Iron Man is ready for his next set of adventures. Kieron Gillen comes in and it feels like he's been writing Iron Man for years. This is the Tony Stark we grown to know. He can be a bit of an ass with his arrogant manner and tendency to joke about pretty much everything. There is a new/old threat for Tony to face which leads into the reason he has a newly designed suit here. Greg Land's art adds the right atmosphere when Tony is at a nightclub but the expressions and stances of characters sometimes gets distracting, expecially when everyone has a big grin on their face. The armor and battle scenes look good and we're left wondering how Tony will handle the threat. For a Marvel NOW! issue, it does have some elements of a 'new jumping on point' but also feels close enough to Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's run. Tony is still Tony and other bits like Resilent and Pepper Potts are still here. This could have easily been a continuation of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN so fans should be pleased. With the battle being taken a little close to home, Iron Man is ready to unleash some justice.

34 Comments
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am excited to read this tomorrow. It has been a while since I have read an Iron Man comic

Posted by Mucklefluga

Hmmmmm, doesn't jump out at me to buy it. I'm sticking with the awesomeness of Deadpool :D

Posted by scuzz2.0

The art was always going to bring this down but i thought the writing would be excellent. The reviews so far don't seem that enthusiastic.

Posted by tomlikesfries

@haydenclaireheroes said:

I am excited to read this tomorrow. It has been a while since I have read an Iron Man comic

Same

Posted by TheBestEver

I had to laugh when you called it "Greg Land's art" considering most of his stuff is traced and stolen. Having him on this book was the deciding factor when I cut Iron Man from my pull list. Marvel really needs to fire this hack.

Posted by kingjoeg

Never liked an iron man book and with this creative team it looks like i never will.

P.S. Greg land sucks

Posted by Stormbox

I hope this series turns out to be good!!

Posted by Skaddix

@TheBestEver said:

I had to laugh when you called it "Greg Land's art" considering most of his stuff is traced and stolen. Having him on this book was the deciding factor when I cut Iron Man from my pull list. Marvel really needs to fire this hack.

Actually Iron Man is the perfect book for land. All the Armor makes his tracing look a whole lot less pathetic.

Posted by JamDamage

Not worried about the art. I'm a fan of Land. I have been since I first saw him on Ult. FF. I hope the writing is solid, but it always takes a few issues to get into a groove and even make an opinion. Unless it's magic. I hate magic.

Posted by mrpandopool

Why do I have the feeling that the club G-man is refering is actually Mj´s club

Posted by Mister_Sensational

Where does this new armor leave Rhodey a.k.a War Machine a.k.a Iron Man 2.0 and Pepper a.k.a Rescue? (forgive me if this has already been addressed I haven't been reading any Marvel other than AvX and Ultimate Marvel)

Posted by Cavemold

The faces Greg land draws are terrible

Posted by cc1738

I want this, but their are other marvel now titles that I want more. Luckily for me, my brother is getting it.

Posted by longbowhunter

I don't dislike Land so much that he'll keep me away from a book. There are usually other factors involved. But I will say this, my biggest gripe with his art is that it always comes off as quite stiff. Like these aren't real people but statues or something. There is just no sense of motion. Does that make sense to anybody?

Posted by Video_Martian

@Stormbox said:

I hope this series turns out to be good!!

me too :/

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@Mucklefluga said:

Hmmmmm, doesn't jump out at me to buy it. I'm sticking with the awesomeness of Deadpool :D

Posted by Trodorne

@Mucklefluga: It feels more like Armor Wars but modernized from what I read.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Definitely at least going to take a look at this when its out. Good review!

Posted by Tyrannotaur

I'm a bit hesitant to get into this series due to the Greg Land art and the fact that it is a 399 title and there are roughly 7 other books from Marvel now I want to try out on top of the ton of stuff I already get. I will pick up issue #1 tomorrow however.

Posted by kennybaese

I think I'm probably going to end up skipping this one. I adored Fraction and Larocca's run on Iron Man. I've liked what I've read of Gillen's stuff in the past, but there's a lot about Land's art that I reeeeally am not a fan of. I think I'll add Deadpool to the pull instead.

Posted by Dernman

Didn't like the art. Tony looked really weird. The book itself was interesting even though I was never a fans of Extremis. Like the new colors though I would like an explanation even though one isn't really needed.

Posted by Novemberx2

there is a lot of great talent on this book but boy is it wasted. another extremis gets loose story, what next another person steals from tony's armory?

new armor looks cool, but the impression the book gives is its a major downgrade to Pre New Avengers Era.

Posted by JamDamage

HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK WAS GOOD!!! I love Land. I loved the story. I don't see why Iron Man fans should not be happy.

Posted by zachkastner

Not impressed :\

And I really want to like this book, if nothing else than for Tony. But Land's art is simply bad with very little backgrounds and the dialogue/plot feels too "safe" and a bit dated.

Posted by DanteTheRedKnight

It was okay. Liked Deadpool better.

Posted by cerial442

It wasn't anything new. It felt like a remake of the first set of stories from the last volume. But they have to sell Extremis for the new movie.

Posted by zombietag

more copycat art :/

Posted by Gotham's Dark Knight

Can people stop@JamDamage said:

HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK WAS GOOD!!! I love Land. I loved the story. I don't see why Iron Man fans should not be happy.

You're not a Artist, are you? It's either that or you don't know how to appreciate Art. Land is a talentless hack, that should be unemployed.

Posted by RaptorJesus69

Oh no, Somebody stole Iron Man's tech again. *screams in excitement* Really, could everything be a rehash of armor wars?

Posted by DougCL

this is my first iron man book. i decided to jump on because im a fan of Gillen's games writing and criticism and i was interested to see how his comics work was. i also thought the art was kind of bad, but i absolutely love the new suit design. id actually really like to see this black/gold/red suit in one of the films someday.

Posted by ClintsEvilTwin

@JamDamage said:

HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK WAS GOOD!!! I love Land. I loved the story. I don't see why Iron Man fans should not be happy.

I Agree

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Enjoyed the story, Land's gawkish faces were a bit of a distraction I must say.

Posted by Barubal10

So where'd he get the new suit again?

Posted by Brit

@Mucklefluga said:

Hmmmmm, doesn't jump out at me to buy it. I'm sticking with the awesomeness of Deadpool :D

preach!