Writer: Dan Slott and Jim Zubb
Artist: Valerio Schiti and Edgar Delgado
Release Date: May 22, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99
Feels like this story arc has gone on for almost a year, wait it has been almost a year! While the Tony Stark from the MCU is a beloved character in all of our hearts, can’t say the same for Tony Stark in this run. Could have been the delays that stopped my hype for the book? Issue one was great but throughout the 10 issues from 2-11, beginning to like the book less and less. Especially how it was just on repeat for 3 or 4 issues straight. Now can this long story wrap up nicely? Or does this issue make me wish Marvel would announce this done already. Let’s dig in and see what we have here…
The issue starts at Stark Unlimited where the team of Bethany, Andy, Amanda, and Jocosta are watching to make sure all users in the eScape are offline. While everyone is cheering and wondering how it all came to an end. “Thankfully” Aaron was able to tell them that while he is still online. Felt a bit forced, could have been put in the paragraph recap section and then maybe have Tony say that later on or something!
Back in New Jersey, we see Wasp and Rhodes alongside Gauntlet try and take down the big boss himself, the Controller. Never fear, the Champions show up to lend a hand. All while Sunset and Arno watch and observe all that is going down. Good thing because they were able to locate Tony and auto pilot his suit to crash land. Rhodes heads up to recreate the scene from The Avengers where Hulk saved Tony from falling to the ground. Always nice when the comics/ movies make a nod to the other.
Now that he’s back in the real world, Tony gets to work on a new suit body to take down the Controller. Calling it “Godkiller”, which I kinda wish he wrote it on the suit as well, make it look more bad behind. The suit is so powerful that rest of it felt easy. Defeated Controller easy and then blew up the suit. Felt like the scene in Justice League that everyone was getting their butts kicked then when Superman shows up, he alone was able to defeat the villain.
The Aftermath of this whole story leads Jocasta and Aaron mourning the death of Friday; Jocasta getting mad at Tony because if she is rebuilt, it won’t be the same, to my surprise we see Aaron backs Tony up even though his facial expression doesn’t look like it. And at the Baintronics Headquarters, we see them celebrate as they gain from what has happen and we see Arno look into Howard and Maria from what he has learned from the hearing in on Tony’s eScape time. And we see Amanda pack up and leave because she feels like due to Tony isn’t the same Tony, she shouldn’t stay. Which felt odd because she can still treat him like her own son. Amanda offers Andy to come with, and he’s a very minor character that if he leaves the book will still be the same. Lastly, we see Tony about to get into a bar before being stopped by Rhodes and hes’s questioning his human life (yet again).
Finally the long story arc is done! This issue isn’t one to gaga over. Art was okay and dialogue ranged from good to forced. Did enjoy seeing the Champions there, might actually start reading them now. The final battle scene felt rushed and I know Tony Stark has a big ego, could have had him work more with his team. It’s great to see Jan staying on the team and hopefully she gets more time in the books.