In the new Tony Stark: Iron Man series by Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, and Edgar Delgado we have seen the idea of Artificial Intelligence rights in the Marvel Universe — something that has run through the publisher to differing levels with characters such as The Vision, Ultron, Jocasta, and more.
And we have Machine Man as Jocasta’s partner, using the kind of language he picked up from Warren Ellis in the NextWave series — and turned into a robot rights activist. And while Jocasta fights from within the Stark Industries machine to preserve rights for robots, artificial intelligence, and sentient machines, Machine Man has a rather more militant view. And he attacks Iron Man for, well, cultural appropriation.
Part of a community? One that the comic is happy to show as well, in a new Marvel location, the Uncanny Valley Secret Robot Bar.
And just as Dan Slott has brought the Fantastic Four back, he also revived their robot HERBIE. Could a reunion be in the offing?
But for all that Machine Man attacks Tony Stark, he hides his own secret about his own identity.
Is it appropriation if Tony Stark is secretly an artifical lifeform now? Is he life or is he Memorex? Will Tony be making a trip to the Uncanny Valley for a pint of WD40 anytime soon?
TONY STARK IRON MAN #3
(W) Dan Slott (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Alexander Lozano
NON-PLAYER CHARACTER ASSASSINATION!
• What is MACHINE MAN’S problem with (our) IRON MAN of 2018?
• When TONY STARK unveils his latest innovation, the Great eScape, AARON STACK realizes what it will mean for all the artificial life-forms of the Marvel Universe…blue checks or DEATH!
• Also in this issue: A new development for JOCASTA. ANDY dates a single mom (no, really, this is important). And that classic Iron Man villain you’ve been talking about since the first issue? Theyyyyy’re back. Mwahaha!
Rated T+In Shops: Aug 15, 2018