[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Riri continues to reminisce on her friend, Daija. In the present, Ironheart continues to focus on tracking down Daija and investigating the string of phone thefts. Daija suddenly appears on television and claims that she simply got lost and bumped her head. Riri doesn’t buy it, so she pays Daija a visit in the hospital as Ironheart. She finds evidence of a dangerous unknown player in all of this.
Ironheart #3 continues the personal journey Riri Williams is undergoing that brought her back to Chicago. Her friend is missing, and she’s willing to put MIT on hold to resolve this.
This is a slightly slower issue than the previous two in that there isn’t really big action set piece until the last few pages. The comic is front-loaded with dialogue and exposition, and some of the scenes are a little slow.
The saving grace is Riri herself, who remains a lovable and charming character, though N.A.T.A.L.I.E is a great character too.
There are still drops of social commentary throughout, especially regarding the media response to Dajia’s statement.
The short fight we do get near the end of the book is quite good, though the ending is a little confusing. Without spoiling too much hopefully, Ironheart kind of just lets the bad guy get away, and it’s not quite explained why she did this.
Luciano Vecchio’s artwork is, once again, damn good. Characters are very expressive, the action sequences are cohesive and kinetic, and Ironheart’s suit continues to look great. It’s the mixture of sci-fi and down-to-earth that this book needs. Matt Milla backs it up with a lively yet balanced color palette.
Ironheart #3 is another emotional and energetic issue for Riri Williams as written by Eve L. Ewing. It’s good to see that this character will be sticking around for some time to come, and I’ll be more than happy to read all of her stories. This issue definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Ironheart #3 comes to us from writer Eve L. Ewing, artist Luciano Vecchio, layouts from Geoffo, color artist Matt Milla, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, and cover artist Amy Reeder.