Ultron Returns In Tony Stark: Iron Man #16

by Tony Thornley

Since his creation Ultron has been one of Marvel Comics’ greatest villains, a threat that usually takes a horde of heroes to defeat him. So what happens when Tony Stark: Iron Man faces him alone…?

Cover by Alexander Lozano

Dan Slott, Jim Zub, Valerio Schiti, Edgar Delgado and Joe Caramagna put Tony and Ultron Pym face to face.

Ultron has launched a full assault on Tony Stark and those closest to him, particularly Wasp and Jocasta. Their only hope is Aaron Stack, the Machine Man, who may not be willing to help. Even if he does help, Ultron’s goal is so unexpected and horrifying, it may not matter…

Slott has been very open about how much he likes Hank Pym, and because of that this story clearly uses Hank a lot more than other recent Ultron stories. He and Zub show us an actual duality to the amalgamated villain, rather than just a twist on the usual Ultron story. It’s a continuation of the strong character work the series has shown its entire run. It’s not just the villain who gets great moments, as it’s a common theme throughout the issue, with everyone from Tony to Jarvis getting at least a solid moment to shine.

Schiti continues his stellar work in this issue. He has a great design sense, adding yet another new Iron Man armor to his arsenal as well as unique designs for the robots we meet and Jocasta’s new half-human form. He uses unusual panel layouts to create an unsettling sense of horror, and keeps the story moving with a great sense of action and motion. Delgado’s colors here are bright, which actually builds the sense of horror just as well as anything in the script or line art.

Tony is in for the fight of his life, and it’s about to lead to the toughest year in his existence. It makes for a fun read for us though.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #16 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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