Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Geraldo Zaffino, Geraldo Burges, Szymon Kudranski, Bazaldua, Robert Gill and Mattia De Lulis
Colors by Rachelle Roseberg and Mattia De Lulis
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Tony Stark’s adventure in the distant past will reveal a dark future shaped by a terrible secret.
Tony Stark thinks back to his childhood and an event that changed his perception of his father Howard. An event that he has supressed until now. Trapped one million years in the past, Tony finds himself facing the Avengers of that time and is unable to convince them that he is not a threat. They damage his armor and when he finds himself facing the Phoenix, she gives him a cryptic message before hurtling him to parts unknown.
Trying to survive a harsh, unknown world, Tony retreats to a cave where he finds himself in constant battle against the elements, murderous neanderthals and the constant temptation of a familiar entity who offers to send him home for a cost. As things continue to get harder for the armored Avenger, Tony Stark must remember how inventive he can be when faced with a cave and the threat of his impending death.
The Story: Jason Aaron has done something bold and incredibly interesting with Tony in this issue and it is the start of an arc that has some fascinating repercussions. I rarely find myself surprised by stories, but Aaron surprised me with this plot and the ramifications it has for Tony Stark. The character he comes in contact with becomes more menacing through the dialogue and the story does a great job of reminding the reader of what kind of hero Iron Man is when faced with adversity. A great story.
The Art: All of the artists bring some unique and engaging visuals to this issue. From straight, brutal action to some dark and scary panels, each page delivers something new and interesting.