Writing - 8/10
Art - 8/10
Overall - 8/10
Ironheart 2020 #1
Writers: Vita Ayala & Danny Lore
Artist: David Messina
Colorist: Mattia Iacono
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: T+
Released Date: May 20th, 2020
Ironheart is officially getting pulled into the Iron Man 2020 arc in Ironheart 2020 #1. Add in the complex nature of Outlawed, and Riri Williams suddenly has a lot to deal with.
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Conflicting Responsibilities in Ironheart 2020 #1
Whether or not you’ve been following the Iron Man 2020 plot arc, Ironheart 2020 #1 is worth checking out. Especially if you’re a fan of Riri Williams, and have found that you miss her sass and grit more than ever.
This issue pulls from two series of events. The first one is the Iron Man 2020 run, and the second is the new Outlawed event. In which it was ruled that teenagers were no longer allowed to step up and be heroes. Well, not superheroes at least.
Honestly though, as long as you have a basic understanding of both events, you’re totally fine to pick up Riri’s side of the story. I hadn’t realized how much I missed her series until this moment, and I imagine I’m not the only one out there feeling that way.
Ironheart 2020 #1 was written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, and it is a dramatic piece of work. Given that it is merging two series of events, that’s probably not a huge surprise. One thing is clear: Riri Williams’ life has gotten so much more complicated as of late.
This issue did an excellent job of showing the binding situation young vigilantes and heroes are in right now. Riri is doing everything she can to follow the new law, while still keeping people safe. As always, it doesn’t work out as planned—through no fault of her own.
There are a lot of subtle, yet heavy themes explored during this issue. And that’s before taking into account the greater (and new threat) that Riri and N.A.T.A.L.I.E. have spotted. While the broad strokes of this issue are interesting, it is in the details where this tale truly shines.
Seeing Ironheart’s take on Outlawed is quite frankly, essential. Her viewpoint has always been different from the rest of the Champions, a fact that couldn’t be more clear now. More than that though, this entire struggle resonates with a different struggle she’s been dealing with this whole time. Seeing her work through both simultaneously makes her feel so beautifully human.
Naturally, a compelling plot such as the one described up above must come with brilliant artwork as well. Riri’s style and personality ring through with such strength in Ironheart 2020 #1, it’s borderline breathtaking.
David Messina was the lead artist for this issue, and he did a brilliant job portraying all of the conflict and action of this event. Everything had a decided tech edge, which works perfectly with the 2020 arc—as well as Riri’s passion, for that matter.
Meanwhile, Mattia Iacono was responsible for the colors, and they did an outstanding job. I love the use of vibrant colors. The world around Ironheart came to life, everything from the backdrops to the tech. In particular, though, N.A.T.A.L.I.E.’s color pallet is on point.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the lettering. Provided by VC’s Joe Caramagna, it is every bit as subtle and complex as one might hope or expect. It expertly leads the eyes around the scene, making sure readers don’t miss a thing.
Ironheart 2020 #1 was a compelling and interesting read. It’s one that fans of both (or either) major events will appreciate. That being said, I stand firm with the statement that fans of Riri that haven’t been following along with those events can dive on in here. Just so long as they have a basic understanding of what happened—and they don’t mind spoilers.
It’s refreshing to see Ironheart’s take on the matter, as well as seeing the added conflict and intensity that comes with it. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how everything ends up wrapping up, and what will happen to Ironheart in the process.
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