Iron Man #21 Review

Iron Man #21 CoverWriter: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Joe Bennett

Colorist: Guru-eFX


Arno and Tony try to find a way to pin down Red Peril and stop her from attacking New Mandarin City. If Red Peril weren’t bad enough the other rings have found Mandarins and the Stark brothers will have to deal with them as well.

The Ups: This issue spends a good amount of time on Red Peril and on her motivation in attacking New Mandarin City. The Iron Metropolitan arc introduced a lot of new characters and Gillen does a good job of introducing them to the reader at a good pace. The issue also explains New Mandarin City in more detail. Learning about Red Peril’s motivation and what New Mandarin City stands for draws a clear line in the sand between Tony and the Mandarins and gives their conflict a bit more weight to it. Joe Bennett and Guru-eFX once again bring many different sci-fi effects to life through their art and they all look visually stimulating.

Iron Man #21 InteriorThe Downs: This issue was a little heavy on exposition. As the last issue before the climax of Iron Metropolitan it focuses a lot more on set-up than actual substance.

Overall: While the issue was mostly set-up and exposition it was still pretty enjoyable. Up until now the arc pitted Stark against the Mandarins with little to no information on what they wanted which made their actions feel a little random. Now that we know what motivates Red Peril and the Mandarins it puts the arc in perspective and it really feels like both sides are fighting for something. The ending to this issue points to an action filled, dramatic conclusion to Iron Metropolitan and I eagerly await its arrival.

Grade 3 of 5

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