Ironheart, Vol. 1
Riri Williams, the armored hero called Ironheart who took the comics world by storm, takes center stage! When a group of world leaders is held hostage by one of Spider-Man's old foes, Riri must step up her game. But she's thrown for a loop when an old acquaintance from back in Chicago re-enters her life! Now, Ironheart is caught between her need for independence and her obligations at M.I.T. - and when an old friend is kidnapped, she needs to make some tough decisions! Luckily, Riri has a will of steel, a heart of iron...and a brand-new A.I. system on her side! CHAMPIONS artist Kevin Libranda joins award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing, as Ironheart steps boldly out of Tony Stark's shadow to forge her own future! COLLECTING: IRONHEART 1-6

Ironheart, Vol. 1 Details

TitleIronheart, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302915087
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Young Adult, Fiction

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Ironheart, Vol. 1 Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Riri gets a new writer, and with that a different feel for the character. Is it better? In some ways yes, in some no. This is mostly a great jump on point for Ironheart. If read about her, you probably have some idea who she is. A super smart 15 year old who creates armor and such like Tony Stark. She's so smart than when Tony went into a Coma she took over for Iron Man. It got the man-babies on the interwebs all upset but it was actually pretty fun. I enjoyed her intro volume a lot. However, wh Riri gets a new writer, and with that a different feel for the character. Is it better? In some ways yes, in some no. This is mostly a great jump on point for Ironheart. If read about her, you probably have some idea who she is. A super smart 15 year old who creates armor and such like Tony Stark. She's so smart than when Tony went into a Coma she took over for Iron Man. It got the man-babies on the interwebs all upset but it was actually pretty fun. I enjoyed her intro volume a lot. However, what followed after it was overshadowed by the "RETURN" of Tony Stark. So she played only a small role, which was a shame. Enter Eve. L. Ewing. A new writer ready to start something new. This of course also got the Man Babies very upset because this would be Eve's first comic book. So they already hated the character and now they hate that the character they hate, is being written by a new comer into comics. How fucking dumb is that? Pretty dumb, right? Okay anyway, the comic is about Riri trying her best to live her normal life while also being a superhero. The 5 issue volume juggles her daily life pretty well with the superheroing part. Around half way we're introduced to our main enemy but of course behind the shadows there is someone else also pulling the strings. On top of that the story really wants to make Riri a character we should care for, and relate to, and her fears of failure, give her something new to attach to. I thought the art was pretty solid through out. There's some great character poses, fights, and emotion displayed all through it. I enjoyed the characters here, as most of the sidecast feels real. With Riri using her friend she lost to a shootout as a A.I. support. This makes for some fun conversations and a better look into Riri's mind. I also thought the balance of life and superhero stuff was well paced and done. Now the negatives that do show are mostly learning curves. As someone who is trying to write his own comic, I sometimes wanna slap myself for making a page TOO dialogue heavy. I know some authors love to do that, and Ewing here is no exception. She writes heavy dialogue, especially for issue 1 and 2. This is normal for most writers when they come over to comics. The thing is trying to learn that art can display a lot and to let the dialogue and wording compliment the art shown. Ewing has trouble doing that in the first two issues but seems to get a better flow as it goes on. Also, the main villain here is kind of boring. A bad guy with a mysterious past, who wants to use Riri as a weapon to dominate the world...yeah been there. I think smaller scale would have worked better for Riri here. Despite my two negatives here I did enjoy myself reading this. I actually like Riri, and I feel like she can grow to a real interesting character. Not a huge fan of her new look but having a 15 year old badass chick save a city filled with gang violence is pretty awesome. I want more and eager to see where Ewing will take her next. The more she balances out her dialogue/monologue into the art, the better this will become. Can't wait to see what's next! This is a 3.5 out of 5.
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    THIS is how you deliver superhero action! This has everything I want from a solo superhero title - witty banter, a good supporting cast, a slow build to ongoing threats, and introspective moments that help me connect to this better-than-real-life hero because she's going through stuff just like we are. Ewing hits this one out of the park, and the art team brings a host of graceful touches that show their love for the character and plot - watch the time in the bottom right corner during a phone c THIS is how you deliver superhero action! This has everything I want from a solo superhero title - witty banter, a good supporting cast, a slow build to ongoing threats, and introspective moments that help me connect to this better-than-real-life hero because she's going through stuff just like we are. Ewing hits this one out of the park, and the art team brings a host of graceful touches that show their love for the character and plot - watch the time in the bottom right corner during a phone call in issue #1!Riri now has a lab at M.I.T. in addition to her garage shop back home in Chicago, and her efforts to be a superhero to all (including the local convenience store) while carrying a good GPA and not making her mom TOO mad really made me smile. This is a superhero story with a lot of heart to it - pun intended - and I look forward to reading Riri's adventures for years to come.
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  • Nick Klagge
    January 1, 1970
    I read these as single issues. I'm so glad Eve Ewing is writing this series! She's an excellent writer (see my reviews of "Electric Arches" and "Ghosts in the Schoolyard"), and it's so awesome that she is writing Riri as well as being a poet and academic. These issues do a great job of balancing between telling "superhero stories" and telling Riri's personal, friendship, and family stories. I like that Ewing doesn't focus very much on the specifics of Ironheart's powers/technology (I got pretty I read these as single issues. I'm so glad Eve Ewing is writing this series! She's an excellent writer (see my reviews of "Electric Arches" and "Ghosts in the Schoolyard"), and it's so awesome that she is writing Riri as well as being a poet and academic. These issues do a great job of balancing between telling "superhero stories" and telling Riri's personal, friendship, and family stories. I like that Ewing doesn't focus very much on the specifics of Ironheart's powers/technology (I got pretty tired of Bendis' focus on Miles Morales's venom blast, super venom blast, etc.). It suffices that she is a genius inventor that has cool technology as needed. This series does start to have a fair number of crossovers in later issues (can't remember if it is within this volume or after), but it never feels too forced. The villain Midnight's Fire wasn't super compelling to me, but is fine--and I am happier having a consistent villain rather than "enemy of the week."
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  • Helena
    January 1, 1970
    This is so so good. The new creative team is great. While I mostly enjoyed the previous run, I feel like this is what Riri is supposed to be like. She really comes into her own as a hero and steps out of Tony Stark's shadow. I can't wait to read more!
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    This is fantastic!
  • Grahm Wiley-Camacho
    January 1, 1970
    Snappy dialogue, sharp look at alienation.
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