Invincible Iron Man #1

Invincible Iron Man #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Justin Ponsor, David Marquez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 34
8.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Exploding out of the pages of SECRET WARS, one of the most popular super heroes in the world gets a gigantic new series. From the creators that brought you ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN comes new armor, new supporting cast, new villains and a new purpose that is going to tear itself across the entire Marvel Universe and beyond. with a shocker of a last page that will have everyone talking and the return of one of Tony's biggest nemeses, you will not want to miss this!! Also, who are Tony's biological parents? The quest begins here!

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Tom Bacon Oct 8, 2015

    Yes, I can happily say that this is an impressive debut. This is like seeing a racing car roar off from the starting line, firing on all cylinders, sleek and efficient. I can't wait for #2. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Oct 8, 2015

    Everyone should pick up Invincible Iron Man #1. The colors from the art team absolutely explode in varying colors across every page. This is Dave Marquez and Justin Ponsor at their peak. All of the characters involved in the issue are vibrant and distinct, the action is beautiful and rightly acquainted with Bendis dialogue that is clear and informative. This is a brave new run for the Armored Avenger, and it's off to a roaring start. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Oct 8, 2015

    I cant think of a better way for these two to introduce the new Iron Man than what we got with this first issue. If you like ANYTHING involved with this book (Bendis, Marquez, Iron Man, etc), I urge you to check this out. If youre feeling a little jaded on the constant relaunching; I would say that this is looking to be a gem you dont want to miss regardless. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    We The Nerdy - John Newby Oct 7, 2015

    There are so many reasons to pick up this first issue that you should probably stop reading this review and go grab your wallet. Trust me, it's great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 6, 2015

    Invincible Iron Man #1 is a big budget action movie in comic book format and does a great job of being accessible to every level of fan regardless of their knowledge of Iron Man continuity. Bendis, Marquez and Ponsor are a power team that isn't rivaled by many in comics and they deliver a rock solid story here. I was entertained, the cliffhanger shocked me, and I'll be back for issue #2 without question. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 6, 2015

    Invincible Iron Man #1 is a big budget action movie in comic book format and does a great job of being accessible to every level of fan regardless of their knowledge of Iron Man continuity. Bendis, Marquez and Ponsor are a power team that isn't rivaled by many in comics and they deliver a rock solid story here. I was entertained, the cliffhanger shocked me, and I'll be back for issue #2 without question. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 10, 2015

    Still, if Marvel was looking to make a solid new jumping on point for Iron Man comics, they've cranked out a pretty great Invincible Iron Man #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 9, 2015

    So, it's a strong new start to a classic character who's back to his proper self. As a long-time fan of the series, this book makes me happy! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Taylor Oct 12, 2015

    Of all the new relaunches I read over the weekend, this one surprised me by being my favorite. The book is off to a good start, and that's even before we got to see Tony's newest armor in action. The character seems to be heading in a great direction, and you can be sure that I'll be appropriately excited for Issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Recap - Sofia Marlasca Nov 3, 2015

    Overall, this book is shaping up to be a fun one following Marvel's lighter editorial stylethat has been successful with comicslike “Ms. Marvel.” It still has a long way to go as we only are moving into its first arc, but for once the Marvel universe promises abrighter future, at least not doomed with the end of the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Latest Pull - Ryan Utterback Oct 9, 2015

    This is a solid debut to an intriguing story, one that I'm excited to see play out over the next few issues. Tony Stark is everything you would expect him to be, and David Marquez's art does a great job of capturing the feel of the metropolitan nightlife, a backdrop against which Tony Stark feels right at home. The art is realistic and high quality. Each character's features are distinct and well-drawn, and Marquez gives ample attention to both sprawling cityscapes and intricate components of the Iron Man armor. Overall, this is a great start to what might be the most promising Iron Man story since Warren Ellis's Extremis arc, but only time will tell if the subsequent issues live up to the quality of the debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Oct 9, 2015

    This is a solidly entertaining first issue that doesn't rewrite the character, break any molds or go anywhere terribly innovating, but what it does do is create an accessible, entertaining, fun read that makes you recall with fondness the continuity-light, thrill-ride focused stories of the old days. And that's no bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Oct 7, 2015

    Although there isn't as much action as some fans might like, the setup stage isn't lacking — and this is a premiere issue after all. Also, the hip-hop variant cover mimicking 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' is easily my favorite one yet. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 6, 2015

    Ultimately, for all of Tony Stark's brilliance, Invincible Iron Man #1's saving grace has to be its spectacular looks, as David Marquez reminds us once more why he's the best Marvel artist you've probably never heard of. This series goes back to basics, casting aside any needless Secret Wars complications, and it's absolutely to this title's benefit. Tony Stark doesn't need the multiverse to make him interesting - he's already got the wit and the weapons to do that for him. As Bendis continues to unwind his story, Invincible Iron Man looks like a promising new take on one of Marvel's most important characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Oct 7, 2015

    Brian Michael Bendis' #1 issues might not ever be as forthcoming as fans would like, but dammed if they aren't entertaining and teasing enough to leave audiences wanting more. Invincible Iron Man #1 gives readers just enough that they understand the tone of the book as well as Bendis' direction with Tony, but not enough that the whole thing is laid at the feet of the readers. Bendis, Marquez, and Ponsor make Invincible Iron Man #1 Tony's grand reintroduction into the Marvel solo title landscape with a character first debut that still keeps many of its cards still close to the chest. Who knows what the future holds for Ol' Shellhead, but one thing is for sure, he is headed there in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 7, 2015

    "Invincible Iron Man" #1 is an attractive and impressive debut that stays true to the nature of Tony Stark while providing a bit of evolution for the character, which brings Tony a little closer to his roots as a hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 6, 2015

    Who is Iron Man? Brian Michael Bendis is answering that question for us. Picking up on some previous loose ends along with setting things up for this next phase in the Marvel Universe, this new Iron Man series is off to a pretty cool start. Bendis sets it all up and makes the book completely accessible to readers, regardless of what you have or haven't read before. We get a firm grasp of who Tony is at this point and the story is establishing a new era for Iron Man. David Marquez's art along with Justin Ponsor's colors makes this a thing of beauty. You won't want to miss an issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Oct 8, 2015

    Bottom Line: After spending almost 15 years writing Iron Man in some form or another, Bendis makes the most sense to step up to the plate. Though we don't get quite as much action as we'd like, a very promising start as far as character development and setting the tone goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Oct 8, 2015

    Far from perfect, but INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 is a good start to the new volume. As someone who didn't like SUPERIOR IRON MAN, its great to see the Tony that we all know and love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 10, 2015

    "Invincible Iron Man" launches with a character focused issue. The reader gets a nice introduction into Stark's current mindset. The book doesn't launch any big plot, but instead gives the reader small scenes that could come together later as a part of a bigger story. The comic gives a great cliffhanger to help bring the reader back. The artwork is the highlight of the book as the pencils, colors and layouts all come together to tell a great visual story. Fans of the character will be pleased at what they find here and newcomers might find enough to continue on with the title. This is worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 16, 2015

    All the classic elements of an Iron Man comic are here. Tony being smart, Tony interacting with his digital assistant (Jarvis having been replaced with a holographic girl Friday), Tony on a date, Tony in the armor. Bendis puts them all together and tells an entertaining story that melds the world of the movies together with the classic world of the comics and adds a bit more of a global spin to the book to make it more appealing to an international audience. In the end, I like this a LOT more than the previous volume, “The Superior Iron Man”, and it seems to be off on the right track to be telling some new tales of Tony/Iron Man with a decidedly classic feel to them, but updated just enough to hopefully appeal to a new audience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Oct 12, 2015

    The timing is funny withSecret Wars only at issue six, and there seems to be a real disconnect in this issue which might turn some people off. Some people have grown to hate number one issues and relaunches and all that same old crap we've been getting for years, but you know what?Invincible Iron Man is just a damn good comic. Forget the number one on the cover, let go of theSecret Warsscheduling issues and just read the thing. Bends and Marquez, along with Ponsor, are a great team for this book and you'd be hard pressed to get a bad issues from these three. If you love Iron Man, across any media, you need to check this out. It's as simple as that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Oct 9, 2015

    It maybe heavily influenced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and although that doesnt damage the book it makes it seem familiar. Bendis can write Tony, but the narrative is so slight that we can only hope he can give him a decent adventure. But on the plus side whatever happens the book will look sharp and AAA thanks to Marquez and Ponsers artistic prowess. It maybe dubbed the flagship of ANAD, but it feels very much business as usual. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Oct 8, 2015

    Invincible Iron Man #1 was a solid start for the new series, as although there are some aspects that it needs to pick up on, it generally gives us a promising premise for the future. It also gives us a deeper version of Tony, who is much more intriguing than he's been in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 8, 2015

    There's every reason to hope that Invincible Iron Man will grow into something special given Bendis and Marquez's work on Ultimate Spider-Man. There's certainly plenty of potential to work with here. But while this first issue was decent enough, it lacked the spark or sense of originality that Iron Man needs as this new era of Marvel begins. There's a lot of work to be done yet in giving Tony Stark the overhaul he needs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 6, 2015

    Like a big budget film, the comic is good, not great. It has some very humorous moments, but also feels a bit empty at the same time too. You'll enjoy it while reading, but as soon as you're done you'll forget about it and move on. With past runs that had us examine Tony attempting to change the world for good through business, as well as confronting his self absorption, this debut is very dialed back. There's some decent groundwork laid out, but as a single issue it doesn't quite hold up. Hopefully future issues will give us a bit more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Oct 7, 2015

    And with its prohibitive four-dollar price tag, it's a wonder if Marvel is serious about enticing an entirely new generation of fans, or if they're just finding all-new, all-different ways of diminishing the expectations of their long-time readers. One thing's for sure: it's going to take a lot more than a tune-up to make this book matter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Oct 8, 2015

    Even if Tony Stark does strike out in this issue, Invincible Iron Man #1 sets an intriguing tone for his character. His inherent vulnerabilities, coupled with his current situation, put him in a position where being savvy just isn't enough. No amount of smarts will build around the revelations surrounding his parents or the extent to which he's alienated his friends. He's still arrogant, but again, he's trying to avoid instances where his genius does more harm than good. Compared to the man who invented ski masks, he still has a long ways to go. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Oct 8, 2015

    It's a pity because Bendis and Marquez work really well together and their styles both suit the character as Bendis' writing captures the roguish futurist nicely and Marquez's artwork gorgeously captures a realism to the Marvel Universe while keeping Stark's sci-fi technology feeling keeping with the world. Yet I can't help but feel that there should have been more going on in this issue. There's a lot of lip service paid to the idea of Stark being more pro-active and redefining himself as Iron Man, but Bendis and Marquez don't really do much with it. Instead, this issue feels cut short with the what little excitement there is inside feeling more like a trailer of stories to come than a story beginning in this issue. While it's still certainly a relief to feel once again settled back into the Marvel Universe, this issue needed to come out of the gate with more punch than this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Synthozoid Oct 30, 2015

    Very much like the movies, accessible and fun. It's RDJ as Tony Stark and that's a good thing.

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Illuminati Oct 25, 2015

    Review by CBI’S Brian Lloyd STORY BY Brian Michael Bendis ART BY David Marquez COLORS BY Justin Ponsor LETTERS BY Clayton Cowles COVER BY David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, Adi Granov, Bruce Timm, Skottie Young, Mahmud Asrar, Nick Bradshaw, Sara Pichelli, Valerio Schiti Marvel hasn’t done it for me in some time. Since “Brand New Day” to be exact, and anyone who knows me can tell you that I’ve been more than vocal about my perceived notion of the fall of Marvel Comics, from shotty writing to terrible sub plots, Marvel had become increasingly mediocre and Brian Michael Bendis has almost stood as the spokesman of that downhill fall. Today something has changed. Today I picked up Invincible Iron Man #1 expecting the same blah story and unconvincing photoshop art that I’ve come to expect. Today was not that day, today I was pleasantly surprised. Invincible Iron Man #1 is a joy to read. Starting down the road twards a plot involving the cure for the mutant gene and a robbery of Castle Doom. How could it get any better. I’ll tell you. Bendis has managed to merge the personality of Tony Star from the comics and Robert Downey Jr. to give us something of a hybrid that makes the character completely enjoyable. I loved his internal dialog and his sarcastic banter. I loved seeing him and his AI “Friday” go at it. I loved seeing Tony in a date with a brilliant woman that wasn’t going to give him exactly what he wanted. I loved seeing Tony be a hero again. I have really let Bendis have it over the years and this issue nearly makes up for it completely. David Marquez is pure genius. I’ve never seen this guy before but boy is he great. Setting a tone and a mood that you don’t see in Marvel comics very often and showing a depth for character design and facial expression. I loved this issue and I really hope this is the direction that Marvel wants to take the rest of their flagship characters. Many of them need to be brought back to

  • 9.0
    Demarcoa Oct 12, 2015

    Not really a huge Secret Wars spoiler, unless you still find connect-the-dots a challenging activity. Great comic overall.

  • 9.0
    Uldogi Oct 17, 2015

    Great comic. Even though not much is going on the ending scene was awesome.

  • 8.5
    Tree Fingers Oct 7, 2015

    Pleasantly surprised. Huge Secret Wars spoiler...

  • 8.5
    supercoolyeah Oct 11, 2015

    The art and coloring is nice and sleek, and this is what you expect for an Iron Man comic. So good job for Marquez and Posnor. The story is cool. Not heavy and broody and not cute and whimsical something in between and it's very refreshing. Bendis has a lot going on with all the new and old characters and it's going to be awesome seeing them interact.

  • 8.5
    DarioV Jun 2, 2016

    Bendis opens his new run on Iron Man with a pretty simple story that features his usual sleek style, perfectly matched by the elegant art by David Marquez. I already saw these two on All-New X-Men and they were awesome. I have several questions about what the hell is going on, especially considered who pops up at the end of the issue, but let's give it time.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Oct 22, 2015

    A promising first issue.

  • 7.5
    The Villain Jun 21, 2016

    Invincible Iron Man #1 is not very action packed but it does give a very good look into the mind of Tony Stark and it does serves as a great jumping on point for a new reader. The character is obviously very inspired by Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of the character in the MCU. Bendis' writing is strong and the art is solid. I'm sure the fun will come.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Oct 9, 2015

    Gorgeous art, recycled ideas. For something all new, all different or whatever catch-phrase Marvel is using to draw in your dollars, this issue has the same old Tony or rather it gives you the Tony based on the MCU version played by RDJ. When superhero movies first broke out onto the big screen, the characters and stories were based on the comics. With Marvel nowadays, the reverse seems true. The new comics seems to be heavily influenced by the Marvel Studios movies. While I'm impressed by the art, I feel like this is just the same dish served with a different sauce. The whole issue is an exposition with a reveal that dings the Secret Wars event. There will be a few twists and turns but I bet Marvel will reboot Iron Man in a year or so again. I mean Superior Iron Man was pretty much a mini-series and a throwaway one at that. This series will be good for at least a year but like most titles, it'll probably have a different creative team by issue 20 or so.

  • 5.0
    ComickerPerson Oct 17, 2015

    Really mediocre. Dialogue was very Bendis-y, and so inorganic. The art is okay. Feels like every other forgettable Iron Man story. Don't expect anything on par with Warren Ellis or Matt Fraction.

  • 1.0
    Educated Reader Oct 15, 2015

    Impressive art. Vanilla writing. Zero action. Bendis is already starting on his "diversity" kick by having a female Sri Lankan scientist insinuate that fixing the mutant gene is ethically wrong and insults Evangelical Christians at the same time. DROP!

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