Iron Patriot #1

Iron Patriot #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Garry Brown Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 2
6.2Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

Jim Rhodes has quit the SECRET AVENGERS!!! As the IRON PATRIOT, he's bringing his fight against the bad guys to the home front. But a new villain emerges with a brutal plan that could turn Iron Patriot into America's most wanted!!!

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 26, 2014

    Iron Patriot #1 is a fantastic start for this new (mini)-series. The character work is fantastic, the themes and story engaging and intriguing, and the artwork really well suited for the tone the book is presenting. Questionable price point aside, this is a book that maybe worth your time and is definitely recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 26, 2014

    I think this is an excellent start for the Iron Patriot. He is now a public figure whether no matter what anyone says and he's made a statement about what his job and country means to him. That balance between politics, family, and heroics is something you can't help but love when they are all important parts of Rhodes' life right now which influence his actions. This is a book I would continue to follow just because of the effort put into giving a whole new level of relevance to a hero who has deserved that recognition for a long time now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Mar 26, 2014

    While Brown and Kot don’t sweep out the rug underneath the reader’s feet, they do begin a solid new entry into the Iron Patriot’s legacy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Mar 26, 2014

    Even though this issue does tend to be a little confusing, it is, after all, the first issue in this series and I for one am still positive that Kot, Brown, and Charalampidis know what they are doing and have some good stuff planned for the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GoCollect - @Comic_Star Mar 27, 2014

    For someone who enjoys political themes, or smaller character's within the Marvel U. The art is fantastic! The story may pick up, and readers may want to keep an eye out for future issues. This issue will keep your interest for the most part, it lacks any type of serious action. It's a quick read and a decent opening issue for the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 25, 2014

    IRON PATRIOT #1 does a fine job of establishing this character and world he lives in. It also gives readers a fine look into the direction this book is heading. Kot focuses more on the Rhodes family and Rhodes connecting more to his home country. Brown's artwork isn't exactly traditional, but for the most part, it really works well in this issue, along with Charalamidis' colors, except with straight-on close-ups of Rhodes, which look a tad awkward. All-in-all, this is a promising start to a new series, and while it won't blow readers away, it will easily keep them invested in the character and the future issues of the series. Overall, I recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 28, 2014

    There's more you'd like to know, especially about the eponymous hero, before you commit yourself, but Iron Patriot's first outing is solid in most of the areas where it counts. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Mar 25, 2014

    Setting the series into such a traditional framework is likely a smart decision when dealing with a lesser known character, as it proves that Rhodes can handle the same scenarios of other men of steel and iron.Ales Kot and Garry Brown successfully create a fleshed out world for Iron Patriot. They don't reinvent the metaphorical wheel that is mainstream superhero comics, but prove that James Rhodes doesn't need Tony Stark or Nick Fury in order to establish his own presence in the Marvel world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 25, 2014

    Garry Brown's art seems like an odd choice for this series, but it works. When you crack open a book involving superhero armor, you expect something bombastic. Brown relies more on subtlety. His line work is thin, but exquisitely detailed. Brown also has a great sense of shading and movement. There is a darkness to the work, something that breathes a level of maturity into the story. Brown is one of those rare talents who can draw the quiet conversation between a father and son as well as a smash-mouth superhero fight. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 26, 2014

    The issue looks good, at least. The smaller moments, like the ones featuring James and his father, don't look quite as sharp as the big, bombastic action scenes. Brown excels with technical detail; the backgrounds look fantastic. Iron Patriot is an awesome force on the page, flying through his enemies. Everything else in between just doesn't grab you the same way. The emotion isn't there. There' no weight to moments that should have really weight. Iron Patriot #1 is not a bad comic by any stretch of the imagination, but it won't exactly leave you clamoring for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Mar 27, 2014

    Readers may not have had a reason to pay much mind to Iron Patriot before, but Kot and Brown do a good job of changing that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Guy Copes III Mar 31, 2014

    Overall, while Iron Patriot #1 does have moments where the story almost seems too quiet, there is some solid character development here that leads into the final action scenes and another mystery. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 31, 2014

    Artist Garry Brown who's work I enjoy from the wonderful series The Massive at Dark Horse pencils this title. His line work is very simple yet tells a great story. I'm not sure if he's the best artist for this type of book, but I'm willing to wait and see more. There are some really great panels and flow to the story, but the action at the end fell a bit flat. That may be due to Jim Charalampidis' colors as he uses a darker and what seems to be a more subdued palette. The Iron Patriot doesn't leap off the page, and the “mud” monsters in this issue come off looking bland and boring. In the end, I'm happy to see that this long time Marvel character is getting back to basics, but I'm hoping that it doesn't take too long in getting him there and into more action-packed stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 29, 2014

    I think I like what Kott has in mind"but I don't think he and Brown can pull it off. It seems to me like Kott would like to tell a deeply political, deeply personal story about a government-sponsored superhero. But he doesn't seem to have the technical know-how to really delve into the world of politics. He's kind of just playing, what with that scene between the lobbyist and the Congressman. And Brown's art isn't nearly photo-realistic enough to pull off such a serious tone. It's fine, and the Iron Patriot armor looks good, but I really get the sense that Kott wants this to be as realistic as possible. They don't quite pull it off, I'm afraid. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Mar 27, 2014

    Im split on whether or not Iron Patriot #1 is a start of a potentially great series. I adore the creative team, but I only gotunfinishedideas sandwiched between a handful of strong moments. Im going to continue for another issue to see where things go, but Im certain many others wont be willing to give it the chance. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 25, 2014

    Iron Patriot #1 is a subdued and very slow first issue for a well known character who is equipped with an Iron Man suit. Readers looking for War Machine-style action aren't going to find it in this issue, and we can only hope the pace picks up and we get a storyline that drives forward in the future. Characters who have spent years in a backup role to a heavyweight such as Iron Man need to storm out of the gate with a new angle and some thunder, but Iron Patriot #1 barely works up to a crawl. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Mar 29, 2014

    As far as first issues go and the necessary requirements needed to make a first issue work, Iron Patriot #1 is pretty good. In terms of where it wants to go, and what it wants to be, it is split in three very uneven sections and sets up too little, too late. As unfortunate as it is to say, I would not recommend Iron Patriot to a reader looking to get into the character, but who knows, maybe it'll read better in trade? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Mar 30, 2014

    So like I said, Iron Patriot #1 is among the worst of the new series launched by Marvel, and it has a huge curve of improvement ahead of itself. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 25, 2014

    That's not to say that Iron Patriot #1 is a bad book by any means. It's very human, and has a lot of potential for some real growth for James Rhodes as a father, a son, and as an armored crusader. But that's just it - a new #1 shouldn't just be the promise of potential. That's what solicits are for. You need to deliver on that promise, with a confident, unmistakable direction. And it's that lack of direction that is what's holding Iron Patriot back. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 26, 2014

    With a somewhat predictable debut, this mediocre launch to the latest adventures of James Rhodes leaves a bit to be desired. The basic concept of Rhodes' transformation from War Machine to Iron Patriot has already been handled more succinctly and with greater animation onscreen in "Iron Man 3." That makes the declaration of becoming a hero for the people simply boring and almost tiresome in this issue, consuming space that could have been filled with action or adventure. "Iron Patriot" #1 isn't Marvel's biggest whiff of the All-New Marvel NOW! lineup, but it most definitely isn't their strongest offering. Kot and Brown have their work cut out for them to make this a destination title noteworthy of readers getting excited for something different. I hope they get started on that path in earnest next issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Mar 27, 2014

    This isn't a great start for a Marvel icon who deserves better. Read Full Review

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