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Iron Man 2: Public Identity #1: Review

Jun 2020
Joe Casey, Barry Kitson

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Act One: No Reason

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3 stars

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #1 Review by (March 26, 2022)
Comments: Tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as a prologue to the movie IRON MAN 2. Plot by Joe Casey and Justin Theroux. Ron Lim contributed to the pencils; Tom Palmer and Victor Olazaba aided with inking. Cameo by Hugh Hefner, publisher of PLAYBOY.

Review: Decent but unnecessary lead-in to the second MCU Iron Man movie introduces various themes that are part of the movie which are pretty well covered in the film itself. These include Tony’s reckless early days as a celebrity superhero, the Military’s growing disappointment with him, Tony’s mean father shaping his life, the betrayal of Anton Vanko, General Ross’ hostility toward Tony, Justin Hammer’s jealousy, and Nick Fury’s concern. The writing and art are okay, nothing more and even Adi Granov’s realistic covers are seriously generic. The best I can say is “decent.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #1 Synopsis by T Vernon
At a press conference, prepared by Pepper Potts and supplied with a cover story by Agent Phil Coulson, Tony Stark steps out on stage and announces, “I am Iron Man.”

Many years ago, Howard Stark tried to recruit Anton Vanko to his team but the Russian had reservations about the use of Arc Reactor technology; Stark told him that they were changing the world….

Tony Stark goes out on a whirlwind of excitement, propelling a yacht with his armor, showing off for the ladies, rescuing those in need, palling around with Hugh Hefner, and enjoying the role of the first celebrity superhero. Pepper and Rhodey are concerned, while SHIELD keeps him under surveillance. He shows off by flying with the Blue Angels then goes partying with the pilots later. As military liaison, Rhodey is concerned that Tony as Iron Man is getting involved with international disputes and he resents being left out of the loop as Tony is responding to situations before he has been briefed. Then they receive a message of trouble in Al Kut and the military wants Iron Man to do reconnaissance before taking any action. But Iron Man blazes in and takes down all the terrorists in a fury of weaponry and has his action filmed by an American news crew that was in danger and arranges to have the film posted on his company’s PR site….

The military is disappointed in Stark’s reluctance to cooperate so they have called in an expert in dealing with superhumans: General Thunderbolt Ross. Ross has worked with Justin Hammer to create something to replace Iron Man: a single-pilot attack vehicle….

Barry Kitson
Barry Kitson
Matt Milla
Adi Granov (Cover Penciler)
Adi Granov (Cover Inker)
Adi Granov (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.
Editor: Ralph Macchio. Editor-in-chief: Axel Alonso.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
James Rhodes
James Rhodes


(Edwin Jarvis)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
Phil Coulson
Phil Coulson

Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Howard Stark, Maria Stark, Whiplash (Anton Vanko).

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