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Iron Man #10 - The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Part 1 Review

5

You'll never believe what Howard and Maria Stark have to go through to finally have a baby.

The Good

If you're an Iron Man purist and you want no crazy change-ups in his history, then you probably want to avoid this one at all costs. But, if you're open to some wildly entertaining material, then odds are you'll be pleased. What Kieron Gillen offers pretty much boils down to sci-fi meets Oceans 11 -- and it's super fun.

Howard and Maria are having trouble producing a child. As a brilliant man with a vast amount of connections at his disposal, Howard then goes through a hilarious segment of seeking out help from various sources. Eventually, he meets someone who can help him: a Grey alien. The extraterrestrial reveals that his fellow aliens are running a casino in Las Vegas (dubbed "Area 52") and they're holding a being which can solve his problem: 451. The duo forms a plan and Stark enlists a team consisting of characters like Thunderbolt Ross and Dum Dum Dugan (in yet another hilarious bit) to infiltrate a alien run casino. It's an incredibly refreshing adventure and lays the groundwork for some huge -- and I do mean huge -- changes in the following issues. Needless to say, my curiosity is at an all-time high with this book.

Dale Eaglesham is a terrific artist and will feel like a breath of fresh air if you're one of the people avoiding this book because of Greg Land. It's simply a great look for the series. It manages to deliver a more animated and fun atmosphere, yet still feels grounded and detailed. Plus, where else are you going to see a severely obese and mafioso looking Grey strutting around in a suit?

The Bad

There's a few relatively minor hiccups in the quality of the art. For example, in one scene Howard looks like he has a lazy eye. He's a drunk mess and you should feel bad for the guy, but that minor element makes it almost comedic. Aside from that, I really didn't have any major gripes with this one.

The Verdict

I never thought I'd see the day where I'd give an issue from this series five stars, but here it is, folks. This story about Tony Stark's origin is waaaaay out there. It's wacky, great looking, fun, ridiculous and you know what? I kind of love it a whole lot. If you're looking for a spot to jump back on this series, this is it, friends. However, just be aware there's clearly some massive changes heading the Avengers' way.

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Edited by Walzo

5 stars?

FOR IRONMAN?

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

Edited by The Stegman

@walzo said:

5 stars?

FOR IRONMAN?

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

I was thinking the same thing, I can't remember the last time it was reviewed so favorably, this arc might be worth my attention.

Posted by bunkerbuster05

I dropped this from my pull list after issue 5. Maybe I'll pick it back up!

Not having Iron Man has been really weird, It's my favorite character, and I have a decently sized run fully collected, until this came out. Glad to hear it's turning around.

Edited by Mega_spidey01

this story reminds me of E.T.

Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

Is this the issue where Marvel finally tries to explain how Tony is so smart lmao?

Posted by TheAcidSkull

5 stars? mhhhhh Gregg i trust you....maybe i'll pick this up.

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Posted by manwithoutshame

I love this series, for me it's been great fun since it started.

Posted by dreamfall31

Was gonna get it, but the one copy left at my store was crinkled to hell!

Posted by Tony_Shark

It's so much easier to enjoy Gillen's without Greg Land butchering every single page.

Edited by Gritterr

This book has been rocking since Tony went into space

Posted by ILLO_29

@tony_shark: Indeed sir, so nice to see a tony who doesn't have squirrel cheeks and squinty eyes.

Posted by JonesDeini

Sooo...is Land gone for good? Is...is it safe to come outside again?

Posted by Johnni_Kun

I'm so glad Greg land is gone. That guy should just disappear forever. Now, I can pick up Iron man again.

Edited by TheGwailo

I honestly can't tell if Gillen is trying to rib on ridiculous heist movies and asinine retcons , or if he is for real with all of this nonsense. I'm hoping it's all just an elaborate hoax. But I doubt it.

Edited by Dernman

Can't begin to tell you how I hate it when Marvel does this prehistory bull.

Posted by paralaxsteve

I'm with you Gregg loved this issue an what a fantastic follow up to issue 9

Edited by TheAcidSkull

Wow, this was a huge disappointment :(

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Edited by pilgrimcobra

At last! Some love for what has been for me a real guilty pleasure since #1. Got to agree though that the art has improved dramatically! Hope GL's absence is not a temporary one.

Posted by Spideress

Thank goodness Greg Land is gone. I was sick of Tony looking looking like a porno director or a used car salesman.

That being said, I am interested but apprehensive about where this is going - it has potential to be good (exploring parts of Tony's past that have never really been discussed) or it could be super awful and cheesy (Tony is part alien! That's why he's so smart!). Guess we'll see!