Infamous Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics)
Once again, a major Marvel event has been delayed. But it’s still business as usual for Marvel, as they’re releasing Infamous Iron Man this week. The first of two series spinning out of the end of Civil War II, this series finds Victor Von Doom taking the mantle of the Armored Avenger and dishing out his own brand of justice. Yes, it’s a pain that the Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev series is going to spoil the events of Civil War II, but at this point it’s not even that surprising that Marvel would let this be released before the event wrapped up. In fact, it would be more surprising if they actually finished the event first. Despite being a victim of Civil War II’s near constant delays, Infamous Iron Man serves as a solid, if slow, look into the new Victor Von Doom.
Following the events of Civil War II, the newly rejuvenated Victor Von Doom has decided to take it upon himself to become the new Iron Man. After rescuing Maria Hill from Diablo, Doom enters one of Tony Stark’s armories and fashions a suit of his own, which of course upsets the Stark AI that inhabits the building. That’s really all we get from this issue, but before you start to say, “Bendis is up to his old tricks again”, what Infamous lacks in plot progression, it makes up for in character and dialogue. Doctor Doom is a character that’s rich with potential, but he can also be written poorly if not done correctly. Luckily for us, Bendis is able to hit the right beats with the character, and draws on a surprising angle that may offer some insight into why Doom has had such a change of heart.
Alex Maleev has worked with Bendis on a wide variety of projects, but this opening issue of Infamous Iron Man was the first to feel almost like the classic work he did with Bendis on Daredevil. Maleev can be known for a much looser style as of late, but here he’s able to really hone in his line work and present some really dynamic action as well. It may not be a knock out action scene, but the flashback of Doctor Doom meeting with the Cabal that opens the series is easily the best part of the book.
Infamous Iron Man is going to draw a lot of comparisons to Superior Spider-Man, but where that series had Doctor Octopus take over Peter Parker’s body to prove he’s better at being a hero, this series seems to have Victor Von Doom decide to take up the Iron man name to help others and redeem himself. There doesn’t, at least yet, seem to be any malicious intent on Doom’s part, and that should make the series be an interesting one to read. The thought of one of the most dangerous men in the Marvel Universe suddenly turning over a new leaf is really interesting, and if Bendis and Maleev can keep the plot moving, Infamous Iron Man could be a major series.