Over at CBR Matt Fraction talks at length about the past, present and future of his Invincible Iron Man book:
“I think we’re reducing him to his most primal self. I wanted to strip him to his core essence without the trappings of wit, money and the other billionaire playboy elements,” Fraction explained. “I wanted to really get down to the absolute core of what is it about Tony Stark as a man that makes him innately a hero in spite of the mistakes he makes.”
I know that there are quite a few people out there who don’t care for what Fraction is doing with this book. I, on the other hand, feel that the deconstruction of Tony Stark is completely essential to making him a decent character once again. Writers like Mark Millar (during Civil War) and Brian Bendis (Secret Invasion) have fucked up Iron Man good and proper ruining any legitimacy the character had gained with Warren Ellis’ Extremis run.
Not only has Fraction made me care about Iron Man again but he has put the character back on track to become one of the great heroes of the Marvel U. And great heroes have been sorely missing as of late in Marvel storylines, that’s for damn sure.
On a not so completely unrelated note, I’ve always thought Matt Berry would play a great alcoholic yet lovable Tony Stark: