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The second part of the climactic “Young Avengers.” It really is pretty much all climax. Jamie and his art army did magnificent and beautiful things, charting the fall of the dominoes.
Iron Man 19 is the second part of IRON METROPOLITAN, with Tony taking his first cheery steps towards building his city. Includes cheerful distraction from emotional issues, Pepper meeting Arno, Marc proving useful, columnists being naughty and Mandarin Ring chaos.
Actually, while we’re talking Iron Man, associated press have just announced the next arc – RINGS OF THE MANDARIN. I’ll write more down the line, but basically “Malkeith the Accursed versus Iron Man.”
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First issue of a new arc, and the second year on the book. In Young Avengers terms, the first 17 issues were the first season. This is the start of the next. As such, it places certain demands on it.
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At last. The Marvel Summit has moved everything out of order. Worth noting, there’s nothing to say I won’t necessarily skip one in future but I suspect this one was one worth doing, even late. Sorry for the delay.
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This post comes to you live from the Marvel Summit…
The start of the second year on the book. IRON METROPOLITAN is the story of the Starks trying to build the city of the future, and what gets in the way. It’s a good place to jump aboard if you wish to join this one, as it’s very much me setting up the Status Quo as well as setting a lot of balls in motion. I’m pretty pleased that thanks to everything else that’s been happening in the book, I haven’t even had to spoil what I’m doing with the villains here, meaning the last two pages should be a genuine surprise.
(Yes, I Haven’t finished notes for 17 yet, I know. I’ll catch up in the next week. I’ve been off at the Marvel Summit, so everything is pretty crazy.)
The second part of our Pacific Theatre arc, and is basically about asymetrical warfare. We’ll come back to the Pacific Theatre in a big way in the second year of Uber.
You can buy the comic digitally here.
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IRON METROPOLITAN starts next week which is the start of the second year. A fine jumping on place. Also, very happy with Tim Leong’s design on that title page.
(Merged title page via.)
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Big week. Whether or not you’ve managed to avoid spoilers on this pair, it’s a big week.
The end of THE SECRET ORIGIN OF TONY STARK and my first year on the book, and the start of the new direction for the second. Very happy I managed to get to this point without accidentally blurting anything out in twitter. While it’s the climax, we’ve tried really hard to make it as self-contained as we can so if you just want to grab this one, you can.
I’m really looking forward to writing the notes on this one. Lots I can finally talk about.
And this one is oddly depressed and also important, all the stage nerves before the next two issues which are… well, fucking enormous. Even if you’ve found bits of the comic leaked, I hope there’s much to entertain you in our cheery mix of Internet flirting and body horror.
I’m really looking forward to writing the notes on this one too.
There’s a few more comics with my fingerprints on coming out I want to mention. Firstly, the Infinite Comic IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER continues. It’s up to issue 3 now, and as a whole should give you a good idea of what Al and I are up to. Also, Shockworker For The Win, etc.Get ‘em here.
Also, for those who are tradewaiting on Uber…
This baby came out last week. The whole first 6 issues (0-6), which is basically 7 issues of comics. This limited edition hardback includes 160 pages of making-of material (concept art, script pages, pencils, essays, interviews, notes, etc, etc). It’s a pretty handsome package. The paperback won’t be out until April, so this is a good way to jump aboard. While it is $35, considering the price of other hardbacks and the amount of extra stuff, I think that’s a damn good deal.
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If you’re here looking for my NYCC schedule? Here’s a short cut link.
However, it’s a big week for new stuff…
This is a new Image series by Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire and myself about ancient Sparta, focusing on the helot slave hunts. The first interview from a year ago is still the best place to get a taste for this one. We’re all enormously proud of this one. It’s unlike anything you’ll have seen me do before, I suspect. Ryan is killing it so hard he may as well be at Plataea, Jordie’s choices are both period and audacious, Clayton’s lettering gets as much of a work-out as anything this side of Young Avengers, Professor Hodkinson’s expertise bubbles beneath all the choices and Hannah just wrapped the whole thing in a clean, beautiful design. I’m really happy.
In terms of other stuff, I’m co-writing with Al Ewing on IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER, which is the latest of Marvel’s snazzy new Infinite Comics. This is basically a moon-set story based on the core of my original idea for my Iron Man run, but executed in a more Marvel Universe way. If you’ve never tried an Infinite Comic, this is a good place to start. Followers of the Iron Man run may be especially interested, as this is actually part of the larger design of my Iron Man run. Come the end, we’ll be working elements into my series. Also! Has my new fave villain. You can buy it here.
Finally, Avatar and Comixology have had a nice chat and now their books are available through the service. That means all the people who were asking after UBER in a digital format can now be satisfied. You can find the issues here.
The second cover in a series I did for Iron Man!
Issue 2 of IRON METROPOLITAN, in fact.
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