SECRET EMPIRE is over, and now the “All-New” Marvel begins– and yes, that was a joke since they tend to love that imprint, A LOT. This was the first GENERATIONS issue I’ve read, and honestly, I only decided to read it because of Marco Rudy’s art looked absolutely eye-catching.
The story started out quite interesting, as we witness Riri Williams winding up in the future completely unexplained. There was this feeling that Brian Michael Bendis (writer) was going to take this story and tell it in the future, and that really sparked my interest as I read the first couple of pages. Though it quickly became apparent that was not going to be the case, and instead this issue was going to serve as a “prologue” of sorts without any real anchor to what the story going forward between Tony Stark and her would be about.
There were some seeds planted, though, like the fact that Stark is now the Sorcerer Supreme and he’s 146-years old. Bendis did a great job in that aspect, as he has us, (and definitely myself), asking what happened to Doctor Strange who was referenced a few times in this issue. The even larger question being– how did Tony Stark become Sorcerer Supreme? No, seriously? I know my knowledge of Marvel‘s mythos isn’t nearly as vast as my knowledge of the DC‘s mythos, but it just feels very odd to me that Stark would be the one to become such.
This also brings me to one of the biggest issues I’ve had with Marvel, which is that they’ve translated the MCU’s stance on magic, “Magic is just science that we [as humans] don’t understand yet,” to the comic pages. And honestly it’s one of the biggest cop outs of all-time. It creates this air of normality to the magical, and strips it of its grandeur. I also find it as a way of de-powering characters.
Another problem I had, and with the overall story, was this air of confusion it had. I admit, some of it felt intentional on Bendis’ part, as a way of following the Doc Brown‘s basic rule about time travel with not knowing too much about the future. But there was a much larger feeling of confusion in general.
That same confusion seemed to feed off of the issue simply being uncommitted to where the story would end up going after it was over. Overall this number-one felt more along the lines of an annual than a “#1” whose purpose is to be a jumping-on point into a story that the foundation to was laid within.
Something I had said — going back to my SECRET EMPIRE #10 review — was that LEGACY, “blatantly looks to be their version of DC Comics’ REBIRTH.”
I could be nitpicking, and this might only be for this issue, but I couldn’t help from noticing how we were shown the “Kin” Avengers as DC‘s JUSTICE LEAGUE by Bryan Hitch (writer) and Fernando Pasarin (artist) is doing an entire arc with a focus on the “Kin” League. It felt almost as if “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” type of thing, and killed whatever good they served for the story to me.
I went into this issue to be proven wrong, as I had made point with SECRET EMPIRE that it felt like it lacked something to navigate the Marvel Universe into better territory with, and this first GENERATIONS (that I’ve read) wasn’t the best ray of hope. The story was unable to carry a follow through, and didn’t give me much of a reason to pick up the next. I’m hopeful that the other GENERATIONS issues do a much better job, but for GENERATIONS: IRON MAN & IRONHEART #1, it failed.
You can pick up GENERATIONS: IRON MAN & IRONHEART #1 at your local comic shop.