Iron Man Annual 2023 #1
Written by Jason Loo
Art by David Cutler
Colors by Bryan Valenza
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: The next round of Agatha’s contest of chaos will pit Iron Man versus Storm.
Storm has been hearing voices. Voices that draw her to a location in Mexico. As she finds herself in front of a cave, Iron Man appears because he is hearing similar voices urging him to the location.
As the heroes investigate the voices and the cave itself, old wounds are opened up between them and the pair begin a pitched battle in the darkness urged on by ghosts from their pasts.
The Story: I continue to be intrigued with the idea of Agatha creating a new Darkhold, but this story didn’t land with me for several reasons. The biggest reason is I’ve seen this all before. Tony Stark dealing with his guilt is well trod on ground. Storm dealing with her claustrophobia and her past as a thief has been explored multiple times. Nothing about this story makes any of those things interesting beyond tools to have heroes fighting each other. Stephanie Phillips’ story with Peter and Jessica Jones investigating the contest is much more engaging.
The Art: Cutler delivers some great art in the issue. The action is visually thrilling and lively.