Review Iron Man #9 “Taking a Chance”


Even with the help of his new allies the Guardians of the Galaxy, Tony Stark is no closer to locating the renegade android known as 451. With very little options, he decides to take a gamble and hire the one person in the universe who could possibly find him: Death’s Head, the bounty hunter the Voldi hired to kill Tony. Tony understands that this course action is very likely a mistake, but it is one he is willing to take. Even if it results in his discovering a horrifying truth about himself.

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This is a very interesting story for Kieron Gillen to write. Much of the back-story to Tony Stark is, by in large, shared between the comics and the movies. It’s a curious course to try and recton it when the third film comes out the same week as the release of this issue. Then again, the full force of this action won’t be felt until the next issue. This issue is more about how Tony deals with Death’s Head, 451, and his moralities as a super hero. The dialogue between Tony and Death’s Head are quite amusing and is probably worth checking out. Otherwise, this is merely a good set-up for what is to come in the next few issues.

ironman09-pageDale Eaglesham takes over on the art. It is certainly different from Greg Land, and that’s probably a good thing considering what the story is going to be based around. As much as Land has been doing great with the series, Eaglesham provides a unique artistic style that I believe is necessary for the story that Gillen is going to tell. It’s not until the last few pages that facial expressions are used and it is these pages that show how much better it is for Eaglesham to draw as they do a good job conveying the mood and emotion being felt by the characters. I honestly don’t know if Land would have been able to pull it off.

This issue is quite the interesting start for a new story that could very well breath a different kind of life into the series as the new movie is released in theaters. Kieron Gillen is taking a big risk going back to Tony’s past, but before he really digs deep he writes a book with fun dialogue between two characters forced to work together. Dale Eaglesham brings a different kind of look to the book that, quite frankly, appears necessary for the story Gillen is about to tell. As such, I’m willing to keep giving the book a recommendation for those looking to check it out.

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