Sigurd Stark Returns To Asgard In Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #2

by James Ferguson

In the twisted reality that Gamora has created with the Infinity Stones, Thor and Iron Man are one and the same. Sigurd Stark is has roamed the Earth with no memory of where he came from, but he has shown an incredible knowledge of technology, allowing him to become filthy rich during this time. Now as the Dark Elf Malekith attacks, Sigurd’s amnesia begins to fade and his past comes rushing back. As the Iron Hammer, he returns home to Asgard to put an end to the Ragnarmorok Wars.

There are some pretty cool concepts at work in Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer. Writer Al Ewing essentially merges the worlds of Iron Man and Thor. Odin and Howard Stark are the same person, as are the Warriors Three and Pepper Potts, War Machine, and Iron Patriot. They blend together surprisingly well in this mix of magic and technology.

This is most exemplified in the design for the Iron Hammer armor. You can see the basics of the Iron Man suit, but there are some sigils carved into it, not to mention the warrior’s dress around the waist. The best part is the hammer itself, which, much like Mjolnir, defies all logic. It’s this massive piece of stone atop a long, thin handle. It looks like it should break easily, but the hero wields it with such strength.

Colorist Jason Keith brings the character alive with an intense red and a glowing yellow. This is what Asgardian power looks like. As the Iron Hammer returns to his home, the lights are all out, so he’s walking slowly forward through the shadows. The only light comes from some spots on his armor, providing a path ahead and a moment of hope.

Where the first issue of this series introduced the Iron Hammer character, this one greatly expands upon its mythos. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, it’s awesome to see how much thought has been put into this two-issue mini-series, but on the other, there’s a whole lot of exposition. Letterer Cory Petit must have worked overtime with the amount of text involved. This is in the form of dialogue, inner thoughts, and omniscient narration. If it wasn’t so entertaining, it would be a slog to get through.

When I first dug into this issue, I thought it was a little overwritten, but I think that’s just how Asgardians talk. Everything is a big, bold statement and it’s all life and death. They don’t seem to have normal conversations about the weather or what they had for lunch.

Artist Ramon Rosanas captures this epic scale wonderfully. This feels like a huge book, even though for the most part, it’s a pretty self-contained story with a handful of characters. Rosanas uses silhouettes well. They tend to underscore a particularly intense moment, such as a critical attack or the final image in the issue. Your mind fills in the details of what is covered by darkness.

Iron Hammer delivers a solid origin story for this character that’s not really tied into Infinity Wars, unlike some of the other tie-ins. Instead, it’s this epic introduction to this crazy idea of magic mixed with technology that works so well.

Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #2 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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