Review – Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 (Marvel Comics)

Tony Stark Iron Man #2
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 7/10
  • Overall - 7.5/10


Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: July 18, 2018

James Rhodes is back as War Machine and Tony has been keeping a secret he can only trust with his best friend.

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Defying Death in Tony Stark: Iron Man #2

Tony Stark has made a dramatic comeback from the “dead” or whatever you want to call it.  He has a brand new body and a brand new team put together to make Stark Industries the best it can be! After a battle with Fing Fang Foom in the first issue, Tony has some troubleshooting to do with his new armor system. Along with some new teammates and armor, Tony’s world is going good. But not without his best buddy by his side. James Rhodes, also revived from the dead with a new body (comics are crazy y’all), comes back to work, but is he ready to suit up? He won’t have long to decide, as a mission awaits in Tony Stark: Iron Man #2.


Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Alexander Lozano
Cover by Alexander Lozano

Dan Slott, after his long tenure on Spider-Man, has transitioned over to the Iron Man world pretty seamlessly. He introduced some interesting concepts and a new threat in the first issue. The underlying/ongoing plot thread, for now, is that his head of security, Bethany Cabe, has found out someone has been somehow stealing information from Tony, but she can’t find out who. We surprisingly found out it was Bethany herself, under the control of the aptly named the Controller, who secretly has her stealing information for reasons we do not know yet.

Slott deals with that a little in Tony Stark: Iron Man #2, but he mostly deals with James Rhodes, AKA War Machine, coming back to work with Tony. James is dealing with some PTSD-like symptoms, obviously traumatized from the times he has “died” as War Machine. Slott takes James in a new direction and it is good to have him back.

Slott is dealing with some more sci-fi-like elements in Tony Stark: Iron Man #2. Dealing with robots or machines as sentient beings with rights and emotions. It adds a nice little twist to the story and a new area for Tony Stark to explore.


Valerio Schiti handles the art duties on Tony Stark: Iron Man #2. I dig Schiti’s take on the Iron Man and War Machine armor; it almost has this Gundam-like feel to their designs. The armors have a sleek yet bulky look to them, smooth, yet textured. As a big Gundam/giant anime robot fan, I obviously enjoy this look. Schiti does some good character acting as well and the facial expressions are spot on.

I will say—and this is might be an odd complaint—the art almost looks too “clean.” The lines are perfect and everything just has this pristine look to it. Maybe it is the brighter digital colors Edgar Delgado uses. It does not make the art bad. The characters all just look a little too pristine; that throws me off a little bit.


Dan Slott is only two issues into his run but so far, so good. Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 adds some interesting layers to the story as it continues to unfold. Dealing with Tony and Rhodes coming back from the dead and the psychological effects of that while still having this background plot slowly boiling to the surface with the Controller makes for a great ongoing story. Slott obviously likes to play the long game with his stories, so we will see where this goes. The art is solid. While it is a little too clean and pristine for my personal taste, I do really like the armor designs. Overall, Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 is off to a solid start.

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