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Iron Man #18 - Iron Metropolitan, Part 1 of 5 Review

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Tony Stark is back from space and he's aiming to build a better world. And, how could the Mandarin possibly return?

The Good

Now that Kieron Gillen's hit us with the big twist, it's time to see where he'll run with it. #18 marks the beginning of "Iron Metropolitan" and, as expected, it's mostly the writer planting seeds for what's to come. While it's clear who the imminent threat will be, Gillen is able to handle the connection between the Starks in a manner which honestly leaves us guessing what will happen between them. There's already disagreements, but is it enough to make Arno turn into the big bad? It's something we'd assume given Iron Man 2020, but again, it's being addressed in a way which leaves numerous doors wide open. This issue is barely scratching the surface of their relationship and it's obviously an intentional choice given all that's now occupying Tony's mind. The early twist is an obvious one, but it serves a greater purpose and propels the debate between how they want to approach fixing the world. There's another twist, however, you likely won't see coming. Not at all.

The art by Joe Bennett and Guru eFx excels in the first course of extravagant events. The science fiction-heavy scene allows the two to show off how they can tackle all of the high tech inventions Stark can bring to the table -- be ginormous creations or just another armor. This talented work on technology is visible yet again when 451's less-than-ideal status is revealed. The art isn't nearly as impressive in the following segment -- which takes up a fair chunk of the issue -- but eFx's coloring helps make the final moments shine.

The Bad

Despite the commendable artwork in the opening scene, there are two panels where Tony and Arno are simply colored in and sporting bold outlines. Having the duo appear two dimensional in such a detailed setting was definitely an odd look.

Personally, I would have preferred if the opening scene was cut a bit shorter so Gillen could give us more panel time with Arno and Stark. Despite the bigger picture, it's obvious the relationship between Arno and Tony will be the heart and soul of this story. Yes, there's huge goals ahead of them and a looming threat, but this humanizing approach to Stark's life is refreshing and that will clearly be the driving force here. I understand Stark is trying to avoid discussing last issue's reveal and is aiming to keep himself occupied with the project ahead, but diving a bit deeper into that would have been really appreciated. It's a huge deal, after all.

I'll avoid jumping to conclusions with the cliffhanger, but it's virtually impossible not to draw strong parallels to something from DC. To say more could ruin it, so I'll just leave it at that.

The Verdict

Ultimately, IRON MAN #18 is pure build-up for Gillen's next big Stark story. It does a more than thorough job laying out the basics of what Arno and Stark hope to accomplish while still teasing us with a more immediate thereat. It's somewhat disappointing there isn't more bonding between the two, but that will likely change once the story gets moving. It's a promising start and will likely be a better read in a collected edition, but for now, it is absolutely an ideal jumping on spot for potential new readers.

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Edited by PunyParker

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

Edited by k4tzm4n

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

Why don't you read this issue and judge for yourself? It is a jumping on point, after all.

Posted by Solomonwreath

So the mandarin corps?

Edited by PunyParker

@k4tzm4n said:
@punyparker said:

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

Why don't you read this issue and judge for yourself? It is a jumping on point, after all.

Τhat i'll do,just was asking myself on fans reaction....

Edited by k4tzm4n

@punyparker said:

@k4tzm4n said:
@punyparker said:

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

Why don't you read this issue and judge for yourself? It is a jumping on point, after all.

Τhat i'll do,just was asking myself on fans reaction....

Gotcha. Well, the opening arc was repetitive and amusing at best ("here's a new armor! watch him use him!"). From there, it mostly fluctuated between 2 and 4 stars for me. However, I really dug this latest arc and especially liked the final twist. I think it was solid and doesn't ruin the character at all, but of course some people disagree.

Posted by simple_man815

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

First two arcs sucked because of boring story and Greg Land.

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

First two arcs sucked because of boring story and Greg Land.

I liked Land's armor......(heh...)

Edited by PunyParker

@k4tzm4n said:

@punyparker said:

@k4tzm4n said:
@punyparker said:

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

Why don't you read this issue and judge for yourself? It is a jumping on point, after all.

Τhat i'll do,just was asking myself on fans reaction....

Gotcha. Well, the opening arc was repetitive and amusing at best ("here's a new armor! watch him use him!"). From there, it mostly fluctuated between 2 and 4 stars for me. However, I really dug this latest arc and especially liked the final twist. I think it was solid and doesn't ruin the character at all, but of course some people disagree.

Dude,you have to do a lot more than a sucky 2.5 star comic to "ruin a character"......

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n said:

@punyparker said:

@k4tzm4n said:
@punyparker said:

I hear that the series suck,and despite that the site has given the series mostly 4 and some of them 5 star reviews......are fans so wrong?!

Why don't you read this issue and judge for yourself? It is a jumping on point, after all.

Τhat i'll do,just was asking myself on fans reaction....

Gotcha. Well, the opening arc was repetitive and amusing at best ("here's a new armor! watch him use him!"). From there, it mostly fluctuated between 2 and 4 stars for me. However, I really dug this latest arc and especially liked the final twist. I think it was solid and doesn't ruin the character at all, but of course some people disagree.

Dude,you have to do a lot more than a sucky 2.5 star comic to "ruin a character"......

Clearly, some disagree.

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/iron-man-s-new-origin-spoilers/1100-147471/

Posted by Jake Fury

The futuristic scenes in this issue were amazing. I've been a fan of Joe Bennett for awhile but he outdid himself with these.

As far as the actual story I thought it was pretty decent. It's the first issue of the arc and I didn't expect Gillen to show all of his cards from the get go.