Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Colours: Frank D’Armata
Release Date: 17th March 2021
The space race to save the universe! On the fastest ship they can find, Iron Man, War Machine, Hellcat and the rest of our rag tag team race to catch up to Korvac! Failure to stop him before he reaches Galactus’ ship means the end of all life in the universe as we know it, but with Tony trapped in his armour and options running out, will his next plan cost him more than he can imagine?
We’ve gone galactic now and we’re really getting a sense of how series writer Christopher Cantwell wants to take this latest arc. And, as usual with this series, it’s a unique direction that lends itself to some truly fascinating ideas. What Cantwell has shown time and time again in this series is his love for the characters and their histories, and he uses that history once again to craft an engaging and thought-provoking story.
This issue works as well as it does because of events that happened long ago to Hellcat, but Cantwell has also done a phenomenal job of keeping things new reader friendly. I’ve never read any of the Hellcat series, but because the series took its time setting those plot points up it leads to some interesting moments this issue. That said, it’s not just old stuff being incorporated into this issue, as we’re also getting unique new worlds and fresh motivations in this run, as this issue fully explores Korvac’s plans for the universe.
Once again, CAFU and Frank D’Armata absolutely exceed themselves once again here. Several panels and images in this book are honestly, for my money, some of the best comic art of the modern age. CAFU absolutely brings everything he’s got this issue with stunning alien worlds, awe-inspiring splash pages and a series of ending panels that set up for a very different change of pace next issue. This of course is helped no end by D’Armata, who gives the art so much life through his colour choices, helping to create a sense of beauty and wonder for this particular version of the Marvel cosmic scene.
The problem with reviewing a book for 7 straight issues is you run out of ways to say that this is one of the best books getting published at Marvel, but it absolutely is. This series has stayed consistently phenomenal since day one, and is easily already in the top 3 runs of Iron Man of all time.
If you like Iron Man, Marvel cosmic, and if you love Star Trek (given some of the ideas and imagery this book is playing with) then you should be reading this. It’s brilliantly written, amazingly drawn, and nothing suggests that this book can be anything less moving forwards.
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