Has anything ever gone that easy for Tony? The answer would be no and it seems that when Tony manages to dig himself out of one hole, he finds himself facing a new dilemma. Kieron Gillen has really managed to show what Tony is capable of when his back is against the wall. Outsmarting someone who has planned for this very moment years ahead. It’s admirable and the side of Tony that we need to be exposed to more often.
I did feel a little disappointed, but only because there was some expectancy that the Godkiller would have some value beyond just this book, though it seems as though that may not be the case. While it doesn’t affect the story in a way that has much influence, it’s just something which had some future potential. Aside from this, it shows how condensed the story is because there is more focus on the actual character between Tony and 451. Both playing off of each others genius to make an entertaining conflict of interest.
451 has really been the standout villain. You could call him a hero in his own right, but that was when you thought he had the best of intentions. Sure he did, but his approach made him the villain he never meant to be. Every hero who passes off their actions as justifiable by the end reached turns out to be the ones willing to do something unforgivable. Since his introduction that is what 451 has done and now you see that confliction which he has been fighting since Tony started getting the best of him.
I find that the art style of this book really fits the story due to the heavy focus on technology. Not just the detail of it, but being able to really make something metallic look as it should be. This includes the facial expressions as well, you really see the emotions they feel and believe how they react to the situations at hand.
Solid issue which leads to what may be the end of this story arc. It has been a great run so far and something which you never would have expected to be produced from Tony’s past. Again this is that one tale of Iron Man that you have to give a chance because it shows what happens when you take a risk and explore some unknown areas of a character. How Tony makes it out of this alive is why you will want to anticipate the next issue.