The Infinity Warps continue this week with a mashup of Thor and Iron Man. Part of the fun in these two part series is seeing how the writers can mix up the lives of the two heroes while also making it coherent. Gerry Duggan blew me away with the Soldier Supreme and now it is Al Ewing’s turn to show off his amalgam abilities.
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
This is not only a fun, and short, miniseries that can be enjoyed by anyone, but it’s also part of the Infinity Wars event which should be read if you want the full picture. It’s also an interesting combo since both of these characters have egos that could shatter planets.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
From the very first panel it is quite clear Ewing is writing in an old school style to play up this origin story. It melds the two characters very well, but does so in a way you might expect from Stan Lee (albeit a lot less wordy). The issue opens with a splashy image of the Iron Hammer smashing things and then quickly cuts to a time before he became a superhero. It’s a nice way to open in dramatic fashion and then pull back a bit to let things settle in.
Part of the fun of these Infinity Warps is seeing how the artist and writer creatively mesh the two stories. There are a few obvious meldings–the most obvious being how Tony Stark was kidnapped and forced to make weapons–as well as some subtle ones. The ending pays off big time with some creative combos which set up quite a force Iron Hammer is up against.
The art by Ramon Rosanas suits the story with plenty of work making the origin dark and magical. There’s a definite fantasy angle being spun on the combo here and Rosanas captures that in the creatures as well as the as well as the look to the armor.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The story is unfortunately slow to start and never quite gets going. Once you become aware of how this character will gain his armor you’ll lose interest since it’s so closely tied to Tony Stark’s origin. There doesn’t seem to be enough Thor elements in the story to quite pull it off and make it its own. There are certainly Asgardian elements, but they come too late when it comes to the villains. As it stands this story gets very interesting at the end–so expect an action packed story next issue–but feels a bit limp as it tells the story here.
Is it good?
This is an interesting issue for those who want to see what it means to combine these characters, but too much of the story follows Tony Stark’s origin to make it feel like its own. The ending however kicks it up a notch and it should be fun to see Iron Hammer kick some butt.
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