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Review – Ironheart #8 (Marvel)

Ironheart #8 ( Marvel Comics ) cover art(detail) by Stefano Caselli
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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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Summary

Ironheart #8
Writer: Eve L. Ewing
Artist: Luciano Vecchio
Colorist: Matt Milla
Layout Artist: Geoggo
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Stefano Caselli & Matt Milla
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: July 10th, 2019
Maturity: T+

And the crossovers are piling up in Ironheart #8. The Unstoppable Wasp was involved in the last issue, and now Doctor Strange has entered the arena.

Things Are Getting Strange in Ironheart #8

Ironheart is just getting cameo after cameo lately, isn’t it? The last issue brought the Unstoppable Wasp into the mix (which we loved) and Ironheart #8 is bringing a new character into Riri’s quest for truth.

Honestly, Ironheart has been a great series so far. But it definitely is enhanced by these appearances. Riri sometimes needs some helping hands to force her to slow down and just be herself. And sometimes she just needs to be around other heroes who get it.

Ironheart #8 continues the plot that has been building up for several issues now. Actually, it ties everything together into a neat little bow. That was both surprising and very much appreciated. Now the question is, what is Riri going to do with the knowledge she’s gained?

Writing

Ironheart #8 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Stefano Caselli
Ironheart #8 Cover Art by Stefano Caselli

There is nothing better than seeing several seemingly small and irrelevant plots tied together. And that is exactly what happens in Ironheart #8. Eve L. Ewing did an excellent job of building up one major plot, and by throwing us off course at other points. But now it looks like it’s all going to be coming to a head. At least, in theory.

There were several elements in this issue that are worth gushing over. There was one surprisingly intense and touching moment between two heroines – Ironheart and Wasp. I think it’s a conversation both of them really needed to have. But that just made it even better to witness.

And of course, there’s the other cameo of this issue. I think they did a decent job portraying his character as something more than just a plot device. He read as we’d expect. Maybe with a touch more arrogance, but then again, we’re seeing him from the outside, so that kind of makes sense.

This issue may not have been the most action-packed issue out there. But it did lay down all of the groundwork for something bigger. I think we’ll be seeing something explosive within the next issue or two. And I can’t wait.

Art

Drawing three named characters and doing justice to them isn’t the easiest thing in the world. But the creative team behind Ironheart #8 made it look effortless. Obviously, they nailed Ironheart, but they also did a great job with Wasp and the new cameo (including showing some of the weirder elements of his world). Luciano Vecchio was the artist for this issue, while Matt Milla provided the colors (which I adored).

The parallels between the latest two villains were not obvious until this issue, where they were put side by side. Now I’ll admit I’m fascinated by their stark differences. Tech versus magic. Traditional versus modern. Even their names are contrasting. It’s clear now that this had been planned for quite some time. And all it took was a few panels to show that.

The flashbacks in this issue were the highlights worth remembering. It’s tough, showing the memories that force a character moving forward, without getting repetitive. But the art team did exactly that here.

Conclusion

Ironheart #8 was an important issue in terms of setting up for something bigger. But the heart to heart and cameos make the issue completely worth checking out. Especially if you’re a fan of either character involved.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this plot ends up leading in the long run. I could see it becoming a bigger investigation for Riri. The sort of thing that takes a few issues more of building up. Or it could turn into a fight right away. Only time will tell.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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