Tony Stark’s Identity Crisis Continues: Reviewing ‘Iron Man’ #2

by Brendan M. Allen

Tony has company… and his name is Korvac! Tony Stark continues to roughly dismantle the fancy, shiny and sophisticated ways of his past…but the world doesn’t seem quite convinced that he’s changed his rich guy tune. As Iron Man, he takes the fight to the streets, looking to sacrifice himself on the altar of super heroism again and again—first with Arcade and Absorbing Man then with medical vigilante Cardiac—all in hope of redemption in the eyes of the public.

Only trouble is he might get himself killed in the process, and there are still plenty of people in line with an ax to grind. Old friends like Hellcat try to help him find peace of mind and speak truth to his stubborn god complex, but lurking on the horizon is a threat Tony—and indeed the entire cosmos—hasn’t seen in years…Korvac…yet another guy who believes he’s smarter than the rest of the universe.

Iron Man #2 opens up with a flashback in a lab, where Korvac has just been resurrected. Flash forward to storyline present, and Iron Man is fighting Carl Creel on some sort of global PPV, because Arcade? Not sure I’m connecting the dots there. Anyway, the important part of that exchange comes later, when Tony Stark is having a heart to heart with Hellcat.

The dude is having an identity crisis, which, obviously, is an extension of the crisis he appeared to be having in the last chapter. The dude is confused about who he is, who he’s supposed to be, and how everything fits together just now. 

Christopher Cantwell is really driving home “Broken” Iron Man. Stark is still trying desperately to get over with the public, and his failures in that arena are obviously wearing him down. This whole self destructive, bruised body/bruised ego thing is still working for the moment, but it does run the risk of getting old if we don’t get a little traction here soon. 

Art by Cafu and Frank D’Armata is the best thing about this second chapter. Some of that dark tone from the last chapter is missing here, partly due to the fact that the big fight in this one happens in broad daylight. I thought all supervillains attacked at night. No? Just me? Right. That’s Batman.

This chapter drags a little. I get it. Slow build. Slow burn. Even with the slight pacing issue, this is the best Iron Man story I’ve read in a minute. I do hope it pops off soon. Angsty Tony Stark has the potential to kill this thing if it drags out too much longer.

Iron Man #2, Marvel Comics, 21 October 2020. Written by Christopher Cantwell, art by Cafu, color by Frank D’Armata, letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, Iron Man armor designed by Alex Ross. Cover by Alex Ross, variant covers by Mattia De Lulis, Skan, and Marco Chechetto.


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