We already knew Dan Slott was going to be taking over “Iron Man” come June, but a new interview at The Nerdist revealed more details of Tony Stark’s (and Slott’s) “Fresh Start,” as well as the first look at artist Valerio Schiti’s take on the Armored Avenger.
“You’re going to see a superhero comic that’s somewhere between Rick & Morty and Black Mirror,” said Slott of his book, officially titled “Tony Stark: Iron Man.” “[Tony’s] always going to push the boundaries of science and tech to build a world he wants, and that’s going to lead to stories that go to insane places.”
For his part, Schiti says he’s been looking outside his normal animation, anime, and manga-inspired influences to find new looks for Ol’ Shellhead.
“In the movies, Tony Stark creates and collects his armor in the garage, like some sort of petrolhead,” said Schiti. “So I immediately looked for race cars. But then I thought: why just cars? So now I have hundreds of images of planes, boats, spaceships, factory robots, prototypes … my Pinterest folders are exploding!”
Schiti plans to put all those new influences and his considerable artistic legwork to good use, designing “hundreds of different armors” for use throughout his and Slott’s series.
“To me this is heaven. To do new designs is one of my favorite things in comics, and here I have the chance to play with such an iconic character, to try different styles, to use classic suits, and to create new and extraordinary armors,” said Schiti.
Slott promised that “Tony Stark: Iron Man” would pick up from Brian Michael Bendis’s current “Invincible Iron Man” run (which ends this May), but also serve as a good jumping on point for readers who, like the title character himself, are starting fresh or starting over with Iron Man.
“We’re going to play fair with all that’s happened to Tony from the very beginning all the way through to the most current runs,” said Slott. “But if you’re one of the billions of people on this Earth who only knows Iron Man from the movies, you can jump on right here for a fresh start.”