Tony Stark’s body has disappeared, and Ironheart, Mary Jane, and Tony’s mother, Amanda, are desperate to find him. They are so desperate, in fact, that they have resorted to calling upon Victor von Doom, currently going by Iron Man as well, to help find Tony Stark. Unfortunately, the Stark Industries board are taking this as an opportunity to take over the company, hiring the mutant Hijack to evict the three women from the premises.
Elsewhere, Doom as Iron Man has tracked down the rogue Chemistro in the hopes of taking him back to prison. Unfortunately, this may be an ambush for Iron Man as opposed to the other way around.
The saga that is “The Search for Tony Stark” takes a strong step forward here as Stark Industries turns against Stark’s interests and things turn upon Victor von Doom. It seems that we may see how and why Doom will decide to give up the mantle of Iron Man.
It’s clear Brian Michael Bendis is having fun with this comic. Amanda has some great moments of being the badass old lady, and even Mary Jane gets a moment to hand someone their ass. Meanwhile, Riri Williams has many a great line.
This has also been my first extended read of a comic with Riri Williams, and, I gotta say, I like here quite a bit. She’s charming, resourceful, and charismatic as hell. I dig Ironheart. I will admit that I’ve never been the biggest fan of Iron Man Tony Stark. He’s a decent enough character, but I never got too attached to him. Of course, Robert Downey Jr. plays him fantastically, but Stark never gripped me in the comics.
The Iron Doom story is cool, and it’s the first time in a while I’ve seen Doom be truly humbled.
All of that being said, I can’t say it’s the most compelling tale in the world. This is partially because the main conflict, the disappearance of the comatose Tony Stark, feels waylaid by the Stark Industries board and Hijack narrative. It will presumably have some kind of long-term consequence, but it just feels like a roadblock in the bigger story in the interim. The Doom plotline also feels a bit like a distraction too, consequently.
While Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev are both talented artists, this fast difference in their two art styles is distracting. It really is like entering two different worlds, and it doesn’t work as intended. That being said, their work is good individually. Israel Silva and Maleev’s color work is good individually as well, even if they do clash with one another by being in the same issue.
While it does feel like a filler issue in the “Search for Tony Stark” story arc, Invincible Iron Man #594 is a fun read for the present. The two stories are entertaining enough, and it has two solid, if conflicting, artists for its two main plotlines. I can recommend it, even if it isn’t the most compelling read. Feel free to pick it up if you’re a fan of Ironheart, Doctor Doom, or the Iron Man corner of the Marvel Universe in general.
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