Tony Stark, Iron Man #7
Written by Dan Slott and Jeremy Whitley
Art by Valerio Schiti
Colors by Edgar Delgado
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Controller is about to give Tony Stark’s new game system an upgrade with real world consequences.
Tony has to fight his way out of his own creation as the safety protocols he put in place turn on him. As he fights his way out of the Escape, his mother Amanda is not so lucky. Trapped in an unknown part of the virtual world, Tony’s biological mother is about to have a run in with Howard and Maria Stark.
At the same time, the Controller is letting the worst of the worst players back into the game through a back door because he has something else in mind for Stark’s tech. After listening to everyone’s ideas about what to do next, Tony tells everyone to get out of the escape and he closes it. It’s a risky business move, but also the perfect way to remind readers that Tony is dedicated to helping.
When Controller makes his presence known, Tony is already prepared and heads off to face the villain with Janet and Rhodey. Unfortunately, Controller has sent care packages to the people he let back into the game and sets them off to begin some real world carnage.
I love the progression of this issue both from a story and character perspective. Slott and Whitley do a great job of reaffirming why we like Tony Stark and giving Amanda a personal arc that showcases the family issues that are under the surface is a great idea. Having Controller utilize what are, in essence, online trolls to become an army in the real world is a bit of subversive fun that I appreciate.
Valerio Schiti’s art in the issue is always great, but there are some amazing pages in this issue that I went over multiple times to take in all the rich details. Some truly beautiful art in this book.