"Punching and sarcasm!"
It may have taken some time, but IRON MAN has become a thoroughly entertaining read. Kieron Gillen is taking a huuuuuge risk by making massive changes to Tony Stark's origin, and so far I think he's passed with flying colors. Not only does this ginormous modification to Iron Man's origin make sense in the bigger picture, but it's being presented in such a fantastic manner thanks to Kieron Gillen's sharp writing.
The conversations between 451 and Tony have become a real joy to read. There's always been a layer of charm to 451, but this issue really sold me on the character and by the end of the issue, I honestly thought 451's a lovably unique character. "And Commodore 64? Harsh."
Dale Eaglesham is an awesome addition to the book and he (along with Guru Efx) can handle everything Gillen throws his way. Space fights? Vibrant, explosive and energetic. Emotional responses from organic beings? Appropriate and properly conveys the tone. The assortment of technology and aliens? They all look fantastic. Even if you disagree with me on the story's turn of events, I'm fairly certain you'll agree the book looks solid.
Minor gripe: I know it was a last minute response, but Howard's a brilliant man, so was shotgun rushing laser gun-armed aliens the best idea he could come up with? I mean, it's clear 451 had no gripe dealing with the projectiles and effortlessly dispatching them, so why not have the super advanced and super intellectual alien handle them in another manner? The art made the scene look great and it was a good time... I just find it a bit tough to believe Howard's response would be "SHOTGUN RUSH!"
I'm legitimately hooked. The book concludes with Tony asking 451 "So... what happened?" and I'm honestly eager to see the answer. Killen's made this controversial change all kinds of intriguing by adding just the right amounts of humor, curiosity, wackiness and downright fun. I'm right there with Tony -- I want to know what comes next.