A new suit, a new ability for Ironman!
In the past there was a big difference between the comic book and movie versions of Tony Stark, which was frankly a letdown, but in this new iteration the differences are all but gone, and much to my liking.
Issue #3 continues the showdown between Ironman and Madam Masque, and the showdown somehow delivered on the action. Madam Masque, though, has been using new powers that border on the mystical and magical realm, that has Stark baffled. What follows though is a surprising turn and show of vulnerability from Stark from that harrowing, near-death experience which delivered a poignant scene between him and his new love-interest Amara. That part where Tony had to check Amara’s allegiance to Hydra was outright hilarious too!
The inclusion of Dr. Strange was likewise a welcome sight as Tony sought for the assistance of Dr. Strange. The dialogue here was great, but what I really loved about is the whole interaction between them and that comedic tone for Tony, evidenced by this awesome nugget:
The ending though was a letdown and a set-up at the same time. Tony finally finding where Masque was hiding only to be set-up for a trap was unexpected and sort of a bummer. But the silver lining here is that things are starting to get interesting as a new shadowy group is brought in the mix, and what this could mean for the grander scheme of things makes the reader wanting more.
Oh, by the way, this new Iron Man suit was awesome by giving Tony the ability to control it remotely and at the same time form into little fragments (like Legos).
The Score: 3.5/5
It was an entertaining issue overall. Quips, banter and comedic timing were a major plus here, but the story progressed slowly coupled with a letdown of an ending. Good news is that there is a new shadowy group that has Ironman in their crosshair.
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek