Comic Reviews: Iron Man 2020 and Low, Low Woods!


Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel Comics) STL142463

We’re officially in the future year of 2020, and that means that the Iron Man of 2020, long thought of a as a far away villain, is now a modern day threat. Or is he? That’s the main crux of Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Pete Woods’ Iron Man 2020 #1, which finds Arno Stark, not Tony, in the Iron Man armor of the future, taking down the threats that could potentially lead to the destruction of the world around him.

Tony’s brother Arno is in the Iron Man armor now, and he believes the world is going to end. While he’s not sure how, he feels it coming, and he’s going to stop it before it happens. That means taking out any and all threats in the world of tech, even if that technology hasn’t even done anything yet to threaten the world. Naturally people aren’t prepared for this new Iron Man, and when a new Tony Stark arrives powered entirely by AI, it only means more problems are in store for Arno Stark.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t kept up with Dan Slott’s run on Iron Man prior to this, and that was probably a mistake on my part, as this issue wasn’t all that new reader friendly. While I’m aware of the Arno Stark character, I haven’t read anything at all that really focused on him, so having him as the main character of this series was a bit of a reach, and I can’t say that I find him all that interesting.

Pete Woods’ is a reliable artist for Marvel, and that doesn’t change with Iron Man 2020. There’s nothing really all that spectacular about his art, but it gets the job done and has some pretty neat panels and layouts. Woods is definitely the type of artist who’s put on books cause he can turn out pages at a pretty quick pace, and that’s most definitely the case with Iron Man 2020.

If Dan Slott and Christos Gage had done a little more work to make this issue more new reader friendly I’d probably think a little higher of it, but when your book has a “#1” on it, you kind of expect it to have something to catch new readers up to speed. As it stands right now, those that have been following the Iron Avenger’s exploits up until now will probably find some cool stuff in this issue, but those of us who haven’t been following it will be pretty lost.


indexThe Low Low Woods #2 (DC Comics)

The Low, Low Woods is the latest of the Hill House comics, and it’s first issue set up a pretty intriguing mystery for what happened in the movie theater with El and Octavia. Unfortunatley, that mystery is stretched out a little too far with Carmen Maria Marchado and Dani’s second issue, which spends a lot of time building up the mood and atmosphere that was already established, and not enough time expanding on the plot.

Much of Marchado’s second issue script is spent going over the events of what happened in the first issue, and the relationship between El and Octavia in the movie theater. While both teens are experiencing the fallout of their “adventure” differently, they both can’t deny that it’s strange that both of them are experiencing missing memories. While Marchado’s script is doing a great job with the atmosphere of the series, the fact that we’re still kind of dancing around the mystery is more than a little annoying, especially when there isn’t that much left for this six issue miniseries.

Dani’s art has a very rough look to it that works well with establishing tone, but not so well when it comes to figure work. There’s a very rushed quality to the art in this issue, and I’m not convinced that it was intentional. Of course, this type of book suits Dani much better than a superhero book but at the same time, this doesn’t feel like the artist’s best work.

The Low, Low Woods is probably the weakest of the Hill House books in my opinion, but it does add to the diversity of the imprint. Whether or not the creative team can get the book back on track in the remaining four issue is still up to debate, but at least there’s something else in the Hill House line for people looking for it.

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