“Iron Man is an idea.” And for the past couple of years in comics, this idea has been carried in a world without its inventor. Now, the original armored avenger, Tony Stark, is back, and he’s looking to take his idea to the next level. Imagination yearns to be explored in Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 by Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, Edgar Delgado, and VC’s Joe Caramanga.

Following Iron Man’s major role in Avengers: Infinity War, this world of scientific whimsy is the perfect entry point for new readers and old fans of the self-made superhero.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 – The Writing

Opening the story, we are greeted with a new character, Dr. Andy Bhang, a washed up robotics scientist, who becomes our point-of-view throughout the book. In a brilliant bit of narrative structure, we learn about the world of Tony Stark as Dr. Bhang does. And Dr. Bhang has a lot of learning to do when he is hired at Stark Unlimited — the new catch-all company for the international industries of Tony.

In Bhang, Dan Slott, writer of Tony Stark: Iron Man #1, captures the voice of a grounded, good-hearted scientist. In fact, Slott captures the unique, appropriate voice for every character featured in the story. One character, Jocasta, occasionally comes off as grating, but considering she is a sentient robot, these moments are wholly forgivable.

The adventures of a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” could easily get confusing, but fortunately, Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 is strikingly fluid. The story becomes a tad inaccessible the few times the characters discuss robotic programming though. But instead of resisting these key elements, the story embraces them.  It celebrates the imaginative nature of ground breaking technology and guides the reader in unfamiliar territory.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 – The Art

The work of penciller and inker Valerio Schiti melded with that of colorist Edgar Delgado and letterer VC’s Joe Caramanga makes for a jaw-dropping comic. The entire book has a modern, clean feeling to it (apropos of Tony Stark, foremost futurist of the Marvel universe).  Smooth brush strokes coalesce with cinematic colors to form a flawless pairing.

Each page is a joy to read as expert composition matches with excellent variation in panel layout.  This blend highlights all the correct moments of the story in a timely fashion. This allows the reader’s eye to flow from one scene to another.

Schiti could have improved certain close-ups on character faces, but these instances are few and far between. The book predominately consists of roaring action brimming with spectacle centered on stunning renditions of Iron Man, all of which makes it a must-read.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 – The Plot

Without spoiling anything, this comic is a pure joy to read. If you have ever watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and can recall the looks of soul-rooted elation on the children’s faces as they saw the Chocolate Room for the first time, you can imagine what it is like to read this book. And, in many ways, Dr. Bhang is like Charlie Buckets while Tony Stark truly is like Willy Wonka.

As Charlie’s good-natured, humble spirit leads Wonka to a happy ending at the close of the movie, as does Dr. Bhang’s good-natured, humble science lead Stark to save the day in the scope of the story. Readers are treated to a complete narrative over the course of the book (something lacking in many comics) while also enticed to continue reading the series by the reveal of a major development in our hero’s problems.

The Verdict – Pure Imagination

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 grips readers from start to finish and takes them on a journey of impossible inventions and pure imagination. Writing, art, and plot align to spark the inception of a bold new adventure for the armored avenger, one you do not want to miss.