Iron Man #005 – Comic Book Review
Follow Genre: Adventure, Action
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Illustrations: Jay Leisten, Scott Hanna, Greg Land, Carlo Pagulayan
Coloring: GURU eFX
Publisher: Standaard Uitgeverij

Iron Man #005 – Comic Book Review

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Good: Interesting presentation of a fearsome weapon
Bad: Things are still only getting started
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In the previous omnibus Tony Stark was forced to listen to recorder 451’s story about how he was born, and how 451 knew his very own father. It seems that Tony was not viable as an fetus but thanks to 451, he was granted the gift of life and plenty more. Tony was genetically modified when he was still in the womb of his mother and thanks to this he has become the genius he is today. Nonetheless, it’s clear that he’s just a pawn in the recorder’s plan, which is in many ways a formidable one, but how he wants to enforce it is a whole different story.

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Even though Tony has now learned of his birth and that he would have actually been a stillborn, he is still not ready to subject himself to 451, as even though the recorder has world peace in mind, the way he tries to achieve it is quite monstrous. This time 451 is forcing Tony to pilot the Godkiller Armor, which was created by the Aspirants to battle the Celestials. While it was incomplete for centuries as some parts were scattered across the universe, 451 spent centuries piecing it back together. Seeing the pilot of this armor has to be someone with a specific skill set and other qualities, he had Stark to be genetically modified before birth, in order to make his plan complete. The Godkiller Armor will now serve as a deterrent for war, and the symbol of Earth, but in order to pilot the device Tony will have to subject himself completely to 451 and thus lose pretty much all of his free will.

Overall the pace isn’t that rapid in this omnibus, as it will all revolve around the Godkiller Armor and the struggle between Tony and 451. While things get heated up halfway through this bundle, there is a lot more information rather than action. Nonetheless, Kieron Gillen introduces a scary weapon in an interesting way.

While last time there was only one illustrator, things picked up again with a bigger cast of illustrators. Nonetheless, with this many people working on the drawings, not that much has changed when it comes to the overall style of the issues in this bundle. Things remain rather detailed and the coloring is rather smooth and glossy.


Iron Man #005 presents the readers with a fearsome weapon and the possibility of Tony becoming a mindless slave of 451, albeit at the promise of intergalactic peace. While things remain rather tranquil, except for one standoff, this issue presents a lot of interesting plot points, which will hopefully be cleared up soon.

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