Briefly, Scott Snyder has captured the essential qualities of Tony Stark in Iron Man Noir #1.
The gist is simple — a pulp tale of high adventure, dastardly double-crosses, loyal friends, beautiful assistants, Nazis, and lost tombs of treasure. What I like about this story is the way the nature of the characters remains true through the translation into a past fictional world. Tony is arrogant, inspiring, and driven. Rhodey is the best friend a man could have. Pepper is witty enough to match Tony’s verbal sparring. And all of Marvel’s old Nazi-based villains are here, back in their proper environment.
People swing from vines. Wrestle giant snakes underwater. Inexplicably come across beautiful young women. Meddle with Powers That Best Lie Sleeping. And the best reveal of all is Jarvis, who I now madly adore.
I haven’t previously heard of this creative team, or possibly I have and I don’t recall them. But I’ll remember them now. Manuel Garcia and Lorenzo Ruggiero do a great job on the art. Specifically, the women look attractive but very realistic. And the art on the Jarvis reveal at the end made me clap with glee. The colors, by Marta Martinez, do a solid job of evoking a pulp-era story — lots of browns and sepias, with jewel-like caves and brilliant fires. The script, by Scott Snyder, is letter-perfect. The banter is light and witty, the re-interpretations are delightful, and the plot feels like the adventure classics I love. Thank you, Mr. Snyder.
If you love Indiana Jones, if you’ve read King Solomon’s Mines or Mysterious Island, if you have an inexplicable fondness for the recent Mummy series of movies, or if you merely love Tony Stark, I strongly suggest you check this out.
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