With the current Iron Man 2020 miniseries wrapping up the run on the character by writer Dan Slott, Marvel has announced who will be next to helm the adventures of their armored adventures. Christopher Cantwell and artist CAFU will take over the reins for an all-new Iron Man #1, set to debut in September. The issue will feature a wraparound cover by Alex Ross, who is also designing new armor for old Shellhead.
Along with the announcement, Marvel has released a trailer for the upcoming series, featuring art by CAFU and outlining a ‘back to basics’ approach to the character.
In a statement, Cantwell described his approach to tackling Tony Stark:
“I’m over the moon about getting a shot at writing the Golden Avenger. Since Bob Layton’s art in the 1980s captured my imagination as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by Iron Man, and in this new story run I’m aiming to explore the question: who should Iron Man be today? An angel? A god? Or just a humble man?” said Cantwell. “Tony’s going to try and strip the idea of Iron Man all the way down to its metal core, something that will constantly be at odds with his giant ego. We’ll see if he can truly keep his arrogant self-image in check, even as others with god complexes set their sights on the entire universe.”
Cantwell’s Doctor Doom has been a fantastic series, and all of his work for Dark Horse has been equally entertaining. I’m interested to see if he infuses Iron Man with some of the existential dread I can’t help but feel while reading his other work. And it’s nice to see CAFU get a slightly higher-profile gig, after the great work he did on Valkyrie: Jane Foster.
Check out the full cover to the first issue, along with a description of the issue, below, and look for Iron Man #1 this September.
Tony is putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn’t always that simple, something that old friends and frustrating foes are quick to point out. If you strip a billionaire down to his bolts, does he run solid…or just overheat?