Ultimate Iron Man II (Marvel – Card / Ferry / White) Best-selling author Orson Scott Card and superstar artist Pasqual Ferry continue the untold tale of Tony Stark’s origin! Framed for the murder of his greatest competitor, all that stands between industrialist Howard Stark and certain doom is his young son, Tony…and his strange alter-ego—Iron Man! But against a clandestine enemy, even the might of the Armored One may not be enough! That’s right… it’s time for War-Machine!
Here is another first for ThePullBox! I picked up Ultimate Iron Man II basically because last week was light for me and I just wanted something new to read. On the recommendation of Kowabunga Comics owner Neil, I went with this new Iron Man series penned by author Orson Scott Card. And I’m fairly pleased I did. Seeing as this is volume 2 of the Ultimate Iron Man series I did have to read through the larger than normal summary on the first page, and boy is this Ultimate version of Tony Stark different that my dad’s Tony Stark. In this version, Tony and regrow body parts and this brain is spread out throughout his whole body….ba-wha!?!?!?
Once I got past the changes in the character I found the story to be not bad. Tony and his usual cast of characters (I would cry foul is they didn’t include Rhody, but they do) are working to prove Tony’s dad not guilty of murder, while at the same time dealing with being the world’s largest arms dealer in today’s world of Operation: Iraqi Freedom. I also liked the idea that this is a very young Tony Stark (early 20’s, before he joins the Ultimates) and that the world does not know about the Iron Man armor. When Iron Man is seen, the people think it’s nothing more than a giant robot and not human controlled.
Dialogue is solid and I like Ferry’s take on a young Tony and early versions of the Iron Man armor. Overall this is a fresh take on an established character that at only $2.99 for for a 4 issue mini-series is a decent piece of entertainment for $12.00