To paraphrase a common saying, sufficiently advanced science is no different than magic. Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 puts that to the test with one of the smartest heroes in the Marvel Universe.
Gail Simone, Paolo Vilanelli, Edgar Delgado, and Joe Caramagna give us the conclusion of the Iron Knight versus the Dragon.
Sadurang the All-Consuming has defeated Iron Man and the armored heroes of Stark Unlimited, and now the dragon is determined to take all of Earth’s riches for himself. However, Tony has discovered the dragon’s magic has altered his armor and his tech in a stunning way. Now he has to use everything his mind is capable of to stop Sadurang, or it may be the end of everything he’s built…
Simone’s script sparkles with humor, creativity and heart, as cliched as that sounds. It’s quickly evident that the situation is dire, and that Sadurang is an imposing and frightening villain, but that doesn’t sink the story into darkness. Tony’s attempts to manipulate his suit’s newfound magic abilities are incredibly funny, but also showcase his intelligence as he quickly figures it out, then shifts gears when he realizes those new abilities may not be enough to defeat his foe. She also gives several other characters, Janet Van Dyne in particular, great moments to shine.
Vilanelli’s work this issue is a bit rougher this issue, but it actually works to the issue’s advantage. The rough line he uses emphasizes the danger and chaos of the situation Tony finds himself in. He also does some great splash pages that draw your eyes into the action. It’s a great looking issue. Delgado adds excellent colors work, making the literal magic spring to life, and adds shine to the tech.
Tony Stark’s world is crumbling down, and this guest arc may have made it worse, even if Iron Man came out on top.
Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 is available now from Marvel Comics.