Tony Stark has never been known for his reasonable and measured decision making. So of course, in the wake of everything that’s happened to him in the past year, he’s not going to handle a relapse well… Tony Stark: Iron Man #14 explores exactly what that means.
Dan Slott, Jim Zub, Valero Schitti, Edgar Delgado, and Joe Caramagna push us into Stark’s new reality.
In the wake of his digital relapse, Tony lets Carol Danvers know he can no long be her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor… until he gets a terrible idea. Erasing the last two weeks of his memories, Tony sets them all on a hard drive, hoping that it solves his problem. However, it makes things so much worse, and Captain Marvel and Iron Man have to solve Tony’s mess…
Slott and Zub tell a story that is equal parts funny, emotional, and action packed. Very few writers since Kurt Busiek have even remembered Carol’s alcoholism, much less Tony’s involvement in that story. Here they make it a key part of the story and show that battling your inner demons isn’t as simple as flipping a switch.
In the midst of that emotional and heavy story, we find an exciting superhero adventure. Tony and Carol’s rapport drives the action, but makes sure that it’s exciting and supports the larger story of the series. It also tells a complete self-contained adventure, providing a great jumping in point.
Schiti and Delgado are able to translate the script visually with dynamic work from cover to cover. Schiti shows the contrast between Tony and Carol in subtle differences between body language and how they use their abilities. He also makes sure we’re right in the middle of the chaotic action, and able to follow it without making it feel mundane or simple. Delgado adds a sheen of technological magic to the story, with his great colors.
Things are going to go poorly for Tony Stark, and we’re in for the ride. If it’s anything like this issue, it’s going to be bumpy.
Tony Stark: Iron Man #14 is available now from Marvel Comics.