This issue opens up with a video journal of Ri Ri AKA Iron Heart, bringing everyone up to speed with the story so far. I thought this was and interesting and fun way to start the issue and let people who may have just jumped on board to get caught up. Then it proceeds on to her being monitored by SHIELD discussing the offers that Ri Ri has received and her daily routines. She then puts on the Iron Man armor, (at this point I think we should start calling it the Iron Heart armor), and goes out on what I am assuming is patrol even though that was never actually stated. She finds the police in a shootout with known super villain Will O’ Wisp,(horrible name). With the help of the artificial intelligence of Tony Stark helping run the Iron Heart suit a battle with the villain begins.
Will Iron Heart be able to stop Will O’ Wisp, will Shannon Carter choose to approach Ri Ri and ask her to join SHIELD?
I have only three problem with the issue. 1) I think the title of the book should be The Invincible Iron Heart, seeing as how Iron Man is technically dead now. 2) I also felt the cover was very misleading. 3) Not enough action!!! I read comics so that I can witness my favorite super heroes having at it with they’re most hated arch enemies. I understand this issue had a lot of character development in it and that is needed to achieve a good story but come on all talk and then like two pages of action. It seems to be happening more and more in the industry, especially with the big two Marvel and DC.
Even though I found the issue lacking in action that doesn’t mean I did not like the story. Brian Micheal Bendis delivered a descent story. He wrote A.I. Tony Stark really well giving him his usual air of arrogance and comedic under tones. It was because of Brian Micheal Bendis’ amazing story telling ability that made this uneventful issue actually worth reading.
Stefano Caselli did a great job as well. His artwork was beautiful and there wasn’t one panel that I couldn’t tell what was going on. I think it would be hard to pull off drawing a female Iron Man especially a young teenage female, but he achieved it very well.
I think having Ri Ri as the smartest person in the Marvel Universe was a pretty good decision. As long as Brian Micheal Bendis continues to develop the character I think she will be just fine. 4 out of 5 stars!
This issue would’ve received 5 stars if not for the lack of action. As stated before the writing was good and the art was beautiful. I think this is worth a read and the Invincible Iron Man series is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Invincible Iron Man #7
writer- Brian Micheal Bendis
artist- Stefano Caselli