Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Artist: Pete Woods
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramanga
The robot revolution has begun! Typically, this kind of story can go one of two ways. Either we follow the desperate human struggle against cold machine, or the righteous robotic crusade for emancipation. Iron Man 2020 smartly opts for both, providing a window into each side through the lens of two competing Iron Men: A.I. Tony and Arno. One is an artificial construct in a mechanical body; the other is a long-lost relative only recently revealed to the world. So which has the stronger claim to the Stark name?
That is the central question behind Iron man 2020, but it isn’t the only one. Peppered throughout are Asimov-esque ruminations on the ever shrinking line between man and machine. Seasoned Sci-fi fans should be no stranger to these ideas, but this book sets itself apart by complicating the old equation. Writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage pull from every corner of the Marvel Universe to build convincing factions. Think Civil War, but with robots. The result is a conflict built on nuanced disagreements where each side pushes the other to greater extremes.
Artist Pete Woods brings it all together with art that feels equally modern and futuristic. His colors pop in brilliant neon, painting a world of tomorrow on the verge of bursting. His work has a cinematic feel that perfectly complements the heavier sides of the script. Overall, Iron Man 2020 #1 is a strong first showing for an event that promises to keep the audience on their toes.
Review written by Harrison Stewart