The All new, All Different Era off Marvel has officially started, and this books hits the ground running! I am still trying to get a grasp on the whole Secret Wars Saga (issue 6 of the main series just came out today). For any readers that haven't been reading it, Secret Wars is about how the marvel multiverse ended but Doom managed to attain pieces of each multiverse and rebuild it into one world where he is God. The heroes, (and some villains), left after the end of the multiverse, must band together to defeat God Doom and his legion Thors (Thor Corps). I found it a little difficult to fully get back into it after such a significant delay (issue 6 was originally supposed to be released 2 months ago in August!).
For me, not knowing how Secret Wars ends is part of the reason why I found Invincible Iron Man #1 so refreshing. IIM #1 starts off roughly 8 months after the events of Secret Wars. Tony's spirited attitude seems to have remained intact after the "Secret Wars" universe changing events. This is quite amazing considering the challenges that he is facing. He is still trying to adjust to the fact that he was adopted and come to grips with his armor tech being reverse engineered and leaked online by some upstart MIT student. Tony is at a turning point and this story is establishing a new era for his personal life and Iron Man. He has also just completed a new suit that will encompass many of the features of his specialized suits into one sleeker streamlined version. Sorta like an armor version of a smart phone. He also goes on a date with beautiful genius that has discovered the cure for curing the mutant gene. I for one am excited to see what type of interesting things Bendis and Marquez are going to do with these elements. Tony doesn't even don the suit until near the end of the issue which makes the anticipation that much more intense.
The artistic team of Marquez and Ponsor really brings the pages to life. They fill the book with beautiful visuals reminiscent of the their run on Ultimate Spider-Man. From the redesigned armor to the urban landscapes, to a quick momentary view of a Japanese garden; all are rendered with slick accuracy, and beauty. The art stays on par with Bendis' trademarked story telling.
The jaw dropping, cliff hanger on the last page will definitely have readers rushing to back to their local comic shops and digital reader apps next month.