Written by Eve L. Ewing
Art by Luciano Vecchio
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Riri’s past is causing present day complications.
Even with a new AI that has taken the former of her dead friend, Riri Williams is dealing with a lot. The Dean continues to bring people in and out of her lab without her authorization. She’s dealing with crime at her local corner store and an attack by a gang drives her distraction with memories of her past.
Things only get more complicated when one of her first friends from school goes missing and Ironheart discovers a new threat that is using children to steal from important people. Riri is going to have to uncover who they are and what they want if she wants to find her friend before it’s too late.
The short, straightforward pace of this issue is its best asset. Riri is dealing with a lot and Ewing does a good job of keeping the story grounded in the events of Riri’s past. As a Chicago native, the dialogue feels familiar both in tone and cadence. It’s a nice touch that not many people would notice, but someone from the area would definitely appreciate. I like that Riri is still struggling with her identity as Ironheart, especially when everyone calls her the wrong name. It’s a cute moment that signifies the character has something to prove. Her struggles at school are another interesting part of the story and the conflicts with the Dean allow the reader to see her struggle with a lack of the autonomy she used to have.
There are some really interesting stories being developed in this series and I am interested in seeing where they go from here.
Luciano Vechhio’s art is brilliant, beautiful and vibrant. There are so many great panels and pages throughout and I would love to see him take on a huge splash page fight scene with Ironheart at the center.