Guest Submission by Ash10
BLERD Alert! This is everything! I could easily be biased, being a Black Girl that grew up on Chicago’s south side and frequented Marquette Park, but you can be the judge. The prior volume of Invincible Iron Man was hailed as a promising piece to the New Marvel re-launch but soon began to fizzle out after its first story arc. This latest volume appears to be just what the doctor ordered.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have heard that the comic now features teen genius, still not the smartest character in the Marvel Universe, Riri Williams as the new operator of the Iron Man suit. The comic begins in the aftermath of the 2nd Civil War. At this point Tony Stark’s fate is uncertain and Riri has her mind made up to prove herself as a hero. So the story is pretty standard as far as the “superhero teen on their first mission” arc goes.
Fortunately, this was not all that the issue had to offer. Riri’s origin story takes up about 75% of the first issue. Don’t fear, just because her origin story if given in this issue, doesn’t mean that we don’t get our fair share of flashbacks to put things in more detail as we move forward in the story. Bendis did an excellent job of using flashbacks to truly frame who Riri is. Through these flashbacks, key points in Riri’s childhood are explored, giving insight into difficulties she faced being an extremely gifted child. Something all Nerds and Blerds alike can relate to. As we look into Riri’s past, we can see her challenges with acquiring friendship, her relationship with her parents and the tragedy that defines her. In case it isn’t obvious, I’m totally sold on Riri.
The artwork in this series is much in line with David Marquez’s bright style, thanks to Stefano Caselli. This artists is definitely gifted when it comes to a wide emotional range being depicted for the characters. From tinkering in her garage to fighting the A.I. in her suit(SPOILER ALERT)…
Caselli is able to craft dynamic scenes which makes him a great fit for the series.
Following a rough couple volumes, Riri Williams is breathing new like into the Iron Man franchise. Don’t be deterred by the teen superhero adventure because the flashbacks used in the story serve as a great device to get more depth in the teen heroine. It is also good to see great artwork in play, unlike the previous arc. The verdict?