Iron Man #14

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Greg Land Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 7, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 3
6.4Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

MORE MIND-BLOWING REVELATIONS AS "THE SECRET ORIGIN OF TONY STARK" CONTINUES! Free at last, all IRON MAN has to do is fight a robot who can take over his armor at any time and avoid one of the universe's greatest bounty-hunters...DEATH'S HEAD.An impossible choice at the edge of space will decide the fate of two worlds. Who lives? Who dies?And can TONY STARK somehow find a way to avoid his destiny...

  • 8.4
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Aug 8, 2013

    Once again I have to point out how gorgeous the art looks. Next to a fun story, the art is so well done that I find myself spending a good amount of time . Greg Land really knows how to make the expressions apparent. Whether happy, angry, shocked, he captures it marvelously and if I may say so myself it looks “cheeky”. Very unique style accompanied by the smooth colors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2013

    This was an amazing issue, and finally the series is starting to be a bit more entertaining, instead of being poor, and slow. It also had a lot of suspense, and drama, with some shocking moments throughout. Cause of all this I'd recommend this issue, especially to people who have been reading this series, and aren't sure whether to continue or not. I would however probably recommend against it otherwise, as although it was amazing, you really need the rest of the story to understand what's going on, which isn't really worth it unless you get it in trade at a later date. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Stuart Conover Aug 11, 2013

    Of course, both of these may get fully covered in ‘Guardians' so I suppose we're going to have to wait and read to find out! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Aug 7, 2013

    With the ending of "The Secret Origin of Tony Stark" on the horizon, Kieron Gillen needs to stick the landing. By raising the stakes, he's set an obvious course of action for Tony Stark, but what of Recorder 451? If their relationship is reduced to a simple hero/villain paradigm, Gillen is in danger of losing the more innovative elements of the story he's crafting. There's still room for the story to end with a twist - it certainly began with one - but the fewer dimensions to 451's mission, his relationship to Tony, and his role in the grand scheme of things, the more the story stands to lose. If Gillen brings everything together, Tony stands to gain a lot of depth, and a whole new panoply of story possibilities outside of the constantly repeated tropes he's suffered in recent years. On the other hand, if everything winds up back at square one, Tony has gained nothing, and by extension, the readers are also left bereft. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Galactus Agenda - J.R. Johnson Aug 8, 2013

    We're finally moving forward after learning the truth behind Tony's existence. Gillen is building up for a big conclusion with his latest arc and it's on the fast track after a couple of slow issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Chris Stark Aug 8, 2013

    If you want to jump into Iron Man, this is not the issue, or even the arc. However, if you want a fun space adventure with a well known hero out of his element, this is probably up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Aug 8, 2013

    For an arc that has gone on too long and art that needs improvement, it actually could be worse. Tony is still as compelling as ever, so let's chalk this one up to an overall win. We're ready to move on, but Marvel is really making us sweat this one out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Aug 7, 2013

    Here's a joke. Why does the robot need teeth? So Greg Land can draw him smiling. Cue rimshot!Love it or hate it, Greg Land does his thing this issue. I will say he draws 451 superbly. You can see there's coldness yet emotion behind him in every panel. It's pretty cool.There's little more to this issue other than the implied demise of Death's Head, a pretty fun character I hope returns somehow in the future. The issue does however serve as a reminder that behind the deadpan humor, 451 really is a malevolent being bent on carrying out his mission, at any means possible. You know… in case you forgot. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Aug 12, 2013

    However, Gillen's dialogue and plotting have worked better if Land's work in "Iron Man" #14 wasn't such a terrible counterpart to his storytelling, like a constantly out-of-step dance partner. Land's stiff faces look like masks, and his figures have no feeling of natural movement in the action scenes. Sure, Recorder 451 is an alien, but he is highly anthropomorphic -- barely distinguishable from human in body and facial configuration. His emotions and reactions should feel less plastic. It's even worse with Tony's face, where his grins and smirks feel distracting, inappropriate and off-putting, like a bad actor or poor voice dubbing. The words and images don't fit together, because Land's facial expressions don't do the job of being emotionally in sync with the events. Read Full Review

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