Infamous Iron Man #1
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Infamous Iron Man #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 19, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 41
7.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

There is a new Iron Man in town and his name is VICTOR VON DOOM. The greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom's Master Plan?
Rated T+

  • 10
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Oct 19, 2016

    In short, this issue is fantastic. I'm not a huge Maleev fan, because I think that his art is just too dark and hazy for my tastes. He does a great job redesigning Doom/Iron-Doom to fit this narrative though, so props there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Oct 19, 2016

    As first issues go, this is intriguing, involving and a lot of fun. To have Victor Von Doom command a comic series is inspired, and while there is concern that this villain could lose some of his edge in becoming a hero, INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1 gives me confidence this series won't have any easy answers. I will definitely be back for #2. Doom commands it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Oct 20, 2016

    This issue exceeded every single one of my expectations. Bendis has got Doom's character down and, with Maleev's creative genius, Victor is able to go to the next level of characterization. In case I didn't imply it enough, I fully recommend this issue to any Marvel fan out there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 19, 2016

    I think what's really interesting about this issue is that it doesn't have the boastful nature that I'd associate with Doctor Doom. The comic is muted in a way which gave me the impression he was really thinking things through. Most importantly, it has me wanting to come back for more and see what happens next. Doom is a favorite of mine and putting him in this situation looks like it'll give us something actually new involving him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 19, 2016

    The era of Doom is here and I was quite entertained by Infamous Iron Man #1. While we're still waiting for Civil War II to finish so we have some idea of the final events that lead to the outset of this title, there's no disputing that Bendis, Maleev and Hollingsworth are a talented team working with a strong, multifaceted character that can be the focus of some solid stories. I highly recommend readers give Infamous a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Carlos Melendez Apr 22, 2017

    Intriguing from start to finish and I'm sure it will be one hell of a run. So far, I we're off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Oct 19, 2016

    Bendis has a signature writing style – and while he removed a lot of the grandeur from Doom's character – he strayed away from his usual format. This is definitely to the benefit of the book and the character, we're pleasantly surprised. We knew this book had potential, but were admittedly pessimistic going into it. Our worries are no longer! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Oct 25, 2016

    Overall I think this a solid start. The creative team shows Victor as both traditional super-villain and altruistic hero. The depiction are both believable and questionable, which is what I wanted to see in the title. I cannot conclude without complimenting Matt Hollingsworth on colors. Thecolors add to the tone perfectly and compliment Doom's arrogance and mystical power. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 27, 2016

    Doctor Doom has a long history with Marvel Comics. His recent adventures have left the scarred character whole (or at least more whole than he has been in decades). While the reasoning for such a move raises questions Brian Michael Bendis has no intention of answering, the idea of a Doctor Doom Iron Man is an intriguing one. Presented from Doom's point of view, this first issue is mainly meant to wet the appetite of Marvel fans as he takes down a villain like Diablo, rescues Maria Hill, and then proceeds to rob Stark Industries to further his own plans (which could include redemption or something far more layered and calculating). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 22, 2016

    I love when super-villains try their hand at being superheroes, and Doctor Doom is about as villainous as they get. I like how Brian Michael Bendis kicks things off with this first issue, giving us a taste of what Doom is capable of, and I'm excited to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Oct 19, 2016

    I was pleasantly surprised with what Bendis has delivered here. This series is shaping up to be really fun and a solid series.I definitely recommend picking this one up, but be aware that is does have some Civil War II spoilers in it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 19, 2016

    What are we to make of Doctor Doom becoming Iron Man? It's a good question which will be fun to see explored. Brian Michael Bendis is exploring a new direction for Doctor Doom. As great of a villain as he may have been, we've seen that angle played out pretty much as far as you could take it in Secret Wars. With Maleev and Hollingsworth, this book is a trippy journey with one of Marvel's greatest villains going in a new direction. There's no telling what will happen next. Those last few pages will definitely make you want to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Oct 20, 2016

    However, he also comes off as a character entering an exciting new phase of his development. He's not hiding from his infamy. He's channeling it into a new endeavor. It may not be as satisfying to him as punching Reed Richards in the jaw, but it gives him a bold new purpose. Whether it makes him famous or infamous remains to be seen, but it promises to be an exciting story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - Stephen M. Lyon Nov 17, 2016

    This book is intriguing from a conceptual level. I seriously geeked-out at the idea of Dr. Doom as Iron Man, and I'm interested as to what direction their going to take this character, and what the relationship will be with the other new Iron Man. The art is nothing spectacular, but nothing to sneeze at either. I'm interested in enough to spend the $3.99 and pick up issue #2 to see how the story continues. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 19, 2016

    In many ways, Infamous iron Man is exactly the sort of Iron Man comic Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev should be working on. It's dark, moody and filled with just enough twists to make Doom's journey from villain to hero unpredictable. That doesn't change the fact that this issue is a slow start for a series that needs to work harder to prove that Doom is better off taking up the mantle of another character. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Oct 21, 2016

    The premise and tone of this book really intrigues, though we are seriously lacking any payoff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Oct 20, 2016

    We don't know the full details of Tony Stark's post-Civil War II fate, so there is a bit of missing context, but Stark's new status quo comes off as both ominous and yet affords him a new and interesting dynamic with Victor. Oddly enough, this issue contained far less dialogue than your typical Brian Michael Bendis book. Still, less truly was more in this case, with plenty of character development and plot building. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - RobF Oct 27, 2016

    It's always a challenge to make a villain the lead character in a comic: most writers are not up to the challenge. Bendis is one of the few that actually stand a chance but it is an uphill climb. I have my hiking gear on but I am cautiously climbing along. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 24, 2016

    It's hard for me to give a great score to an issue that was purely setup for the rest of the series, but I liked it enough. I'm definitely intrigued to see what Doom's endgame is with all of this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Oct 24, 2016

    Infamous Iron Man #1 isn't an explosive issue, and its subdued nature puts it in line with International Iron Man and the final few issues of Invincible Iron Man - which is actually a good thing as this doesn't feel like a dramatic departure from what came before. But one can only wonder if it would have been better with an explosive plot point to get people intrigued and talking. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Oct 22, 2016

    Infamous Iron Man #1 really does deliver what is to be expected. You get Doom wearing an Iron Man suit, but there is so much more going on beneath that. Bendis and Maleev are creating a rich and wonderfully complex scenario for Doom that could either allow him to be the hero or villain, and that is just how you want a comic with Doom in it. You want there to be enough room for him to flex in the grey area of right and wrong, and this series promises to be full of grey moral areas and lots of great Doom moments alongside some classic characters. It is just a shame it was released when it was. It lost some of its impact having some major Civil War II events, that we have not read about, act as major motivator for our stories protagonist. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 19, 2016

    Bendis follows through on his premise, but he doesn’t do it with the flair that the character of Doctor Doom is really known for. On some level, this feels like a book without a solid identity. That kind of works since Doom is exploring his own role in the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe but it might fail to hook many readers. The book does well to serve its central conceit but to the detriment of drumming up any real interest in the book. If you like the creators or the characters, you’ll likely have a good time, but the hook is weak for potential readers on the fence. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Matthew Mueller Oct 19, 2016

    It's an interesting premise, but right now Doom just isn't as engaging a hero as he is a villain Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Oct 20, 2016

    Infamous Iron Man #1 is a confusing mess, but is that due to poor writing? Or is it due to Marvel completely dropping the ball on scheduling? I'm leaning more towards poor scheduling because I think Bendis has a plan with all of his books surrounding Civil War II. My guess is that Marvel decided not to listen to their star writer and went ahead with the release. Either way, this comic is not very good. Other than the perfect opening scene and the decent cliffhanger reveal at the end, there isn't much to take away from this issue. I'm not even going to get into Ben Grimm being a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. Hopefully, the next issue can find something to draw readers in and clear up the confusion. (In the meantime, long live God Doom.) Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Oct 19, 2016

    Infamous Iron Man #1is a painfully mediocre book, which is made even more disappointingbecause of how cool this could've been. Doctor Doom is Marvel's best villain and he's had such a good character arc over the past few years under Hickman. This project has legs, but Bendis was absolutely not the writer for the job. He strips away all the theatrical joy of Doom and everything that makes the character interesting in favor of making him a blandnon-entity. There's just so much wrong with this launchthat has unfortunately become typical of Bendis' recent work. I had really high hopes for this launch, but it's unfortunately a total let down. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Oct 19, 2016

    This could be a good book. This could have been a really good book, but it falls flat in almost everything it's trying to do. Doom doesn't show remorse. Doom has never felt the need to justify himself to anyone. Doom does what is in Doom's best interest, and him showing concern for others in this book is very...unsettling. I'd steer clear of this until it (hopefully) turns things around. Read Full Review

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