Let’s talk about it.
I’ve been generally mum about this book because inevitably anything I say will cede to how much Greg Land’s art offends me on a molecular level. It’s been trying to reconcile Gillen’s fresh take on the run and having to look at Land’s art. Long story short, I overcame a hurdle yesterday and enjoyed this book violently for the first time.
Whether this is just playing into my deep-rooted love of Star Wars (spoiler alert: it is), or is simply just excellent monologuing (another spoiler alert: it is), that’s for you to decide. Everything about this page, I love. From the beige Jedi-esque tunic with accurate folds, to the arc reactor floor design with Tony at the nexus (which also seems to reference the Imperial cog) I love this entire page. Even Tony’s headspace is engaging in this book. This is the first page, and it’s pretty much the best way to start this book.
Next, Gillen introduces us to 451. It’s as if C-3PO grew a pair. Such a great character that adorably refers to Tony’s AI as “Ms. P.E.P.P.E.R.”. I loved it. (Are you sensing a theme from me yet?)
I’m not sure if this was intended as one giant love letter to the space opera genre, but if it was, kudos. The John Carter-esque arena battle eventually devolves into Tony using head-butts to win each tournament.
Anyway, this is the book I’ve been waiting to read. In some ways, the first five books from Gillen’s run felt like a Grail Quest. It was very difficult to move from Fraction’s IIM to this new series, but I think I’ve made my peace. I liked this book. A lot.
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