Written by: Dan Slott and Jeremy Whitley
Art by: Valerio Schitti, Edgar Delgado, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 2, 2019
This book seems to be flying under a lot of people’s radars. Seriously, with all of the Fresh Start books, this is the one that seems to be getting no hype at all. I have enjoyed it enough, but I really am hoping that Dan Slott begins to pull his overall story in a bit because my biggest complaint is it is jumping around too much. So, does staying in the eScape get us what I want? Let’s find out…
We kick in with Tony trying to get himself and his mother, Amanda, out of the game with his set up protocols, but things continue to go wrong. Tony does eventually get out, but with Amanda still stuck in the game, he orders it to be shut down. That’s when the Controller shows his hand and lets the banned accounts to flood in…and when Tony shows that he was expecting something like this all along.
I am not loving this eSCAPE story and it really feels like Dan Slott is the old guy here trying to hip with the kids. The idea that Tony can just ask people to log off and it happens is laughable and the whole gaming angle feels really forced.
It’s not all a loss, though, as the stuff that happens with Amanda inside the game is interesting, even if it is just setup. I want to know more about what’s going on, especially the changing picture that seems to direct us back to Tony’s brother from a couple issues back.
Other than that, though, we have Friday being put back into the Iron Man suit, Jocasta heading off to (re)enlist Machine Man and Tony and Rhodey seeing the future of weapon delivery. The cliffhanger is a little bit of a stretch as we see that the Controller has deadlier plans than thought before, but why do these banned users now seem to be all from one place?
This issue was okay. Dan Slott and Jeremy Whitley don’t really tie-up loose ends, but instead show us that they haven’t forgotten them and reintroduces them a bit. I’m okay with that and am aware that Slott does like to write long-form stories, but they are usually interesting and this is just barely that.
Since starting our podcast and site, I have liked Valerio Schitti’s art…just not so much in this issue. I found it a bit bland, but that may have been a coloring thing or just that the issue itself was boring as well. Whatever the reason, it was adequate but forgettable.
I really want to get excited about this Iron Man run, but right now I am kind of bored. This issue is more setup inside the eSCAPE and that’s kind of what I want to do right now. Dan Slott and Jeremy Whitley set up some interesting things, but that was never the issue in this series overall. I need some payoff and I need it soon.