Marvel Comics has announced one of their most beloved character's will be receiving a comic reboot in the near future.
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1, a relaunch of the Invincible Iron Man, will feature seasoned comic book writer Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti. Slott recently left his writing position for the Amazing Spider-Man after ten years, to join the new Stark comic.
Valerio is an Italian artist best known for working on the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and the Mighty Thor.
Writer Dan Slott sat down with Nerdist to discuss the exciting new project, and he described his approach as a fuse between Ricky and Morty and Black Mirror. He went on to add, “He doesn’t come from a distant planet, he wasn’t bitten by a radioactive spider. He took his own two hands and built everything he needs to stand side-by-side with Asgardian gods and super-soldiers! He’s always going to push the boundaries of science and tech to build a world he wants, and that’s going to lead to stories that go to insane places."
The Rome native, Valerio, also spoke on his aspirations for the upcoming project, and said he is drawing inspiration (literally) from “animated series like Transformers, [to] manga like Gundam or Ghost in the Shell, to robots like Mazinger Z or Steel Jeeg."
"In the movies Tony Stark creates and collects his armor in his garage, like some sort of petrolhead. So I immediately looked for race cars. But then I thought: why just cars? So now I have hundreds of images of planes, boats, spaceships, factory robots, prototypes… my Pinterest folders are exploding!”
If you somehow are not pumped yet, Valerio also mentioned that readers will see “hundreds of different armors in this series. To me this is heaven. To do new designs is one of my favorite things in comics, and here I have the chance to play with such an iconic character, to try different styles, to use classic suits, and to create new and extraordinary armors.”
The series will take place some time after Civil War II, and follows Stark's return to action after being out of commission for a long while. Also, to the relief of many, the series will carry on all the previous events of Marvel's Universe with it and will simply add to it. “Everything counts,” says Slott.
He went on to add, “We’re going to play fair with all that’s happened to Tony from the very beginning all the way through to the most current runs. If you’re a longtime Marvel fan, I want you to know: ALL the continuity counts. The legacy counts. But if you’re one of the billions of people on this Earth who only knows Iron Man from the movies, you can jump on right here for a fresh start.”
Iron Man is one of the handful of Marvel superheroes getting a comic book relaunch in the near future; others include Captain America, Black Panther, Avengers, Thor, The Immortal Hulk, Doctor Strange, and even Venom.