The sixth issue of Kieron Gillen and Greg Land’s “Iron Man” has been the most enjoyable of the series yet. This issue begins the three part story entitled “Godkiller”, which features Iron Man in Spaaaaaaaaace!
If the plot of this issue was used for an Iron Man movie, they’d have to cast William Shatner over Robert Downey Jr. to play the role of Tony Stark, for this story is basically Iron Man meets Star Trek. After the events of Avengers VS X-Men, Tony Stark has been a man in search of faith. Realizing that he is a man who is fortunate enough to witness some of the most spectacular things the Marvel Universe has to offer, Tony Stark has decided to journey into outer space not only in search of truth, but to also appreciate the incredible life he lives.
The comic successfully tells a complete story in a single issue, while at the same time leaves the reader with a cliffhanger that will have most coming back for issue # 7. Gillen’s Tony Stark is not as cerebral as when the character was written under previous writer Matt Fraction. Gillen writes Stark as more of an arrogant billionaire who is more interested in designing new armor and hooking up with alien women as opposed to mental and spiritual growth.
This comic has to be one of the best comics Greg Land has ever drawn. His clever usage of angles showcases the majestic landscapes that space has to offer. The deep colors used in the outer space panels really illustrate to the reader just how deep in space Tony truly is. Land’s depiction of Iron Man’s space armor helps send a visual message that this is a new chapter in the life of Iron Man.
This issue was a ton of fun! Really, who doesn’t want to see Tony Stark mixing it up with alien cultures and space babes? As the cover shows the story does pick up on some plot threads left over from Avengers VS X-Men, which should be nice for sales and readers of that series. Again the book’s ending has a cliffhanger that will have you dying to read the next issue.
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