Iron Man #1 cover by Greg Land. Part of Marvel NOW!, launching in November 2012.
We interviewed Iron Man writer Kieron Gillen about writing Tony Stark. Here’s an excerpt from the full interview:
Marvel.com: You talk about Tony exploring how the universe ticks; it sounds like it will be pretty grand in scale.
Kieron Gillen: It will be. Grand scale is an interesting way of describing it. I want to put Tony in situations he’s not used to being in without compromising the essential Tony Stark-ness of it all.
Marvel.com: Does the ‘Tony Stark-ness’ of it all involve women?
Kieron Gillen: Oh hell yeah. It’s actually a key part of my second theme. I’m going to explore Tony and his relationship with women. I’m interested in Tony’s selection of women in everything, from his mom, to Pepper, to the random people he’s sleeping with and everything that relates to them. He’s a complicated guy and he does bad things occasionally without thinking. Well, not [without] thinking exactly but he’s not always thinking about the right thing. He’s not the distracted genius but he always has something else going on.
Matt Fraction did a brilliant take on the corporate figure and his run is a defining arc, so I’m staying away from it. Tony is still a scientist and will still be working on the armor but it’s all about him going out into the world and the whole grail-knight comparison. All the traditional corporate motifs are there but they’re not the primary drive of the book. Tony will be in the armor a lot, he’ll be going out into the world.
The first five issues will be single stories that will share [both] a defining motif and a plot but it will be Iron Man facing new instances of technology and each is basically a new villain. Each issue will illuminate something about Tony and they’re all very different. Issue two is a lot like the Bruce Lee Kung-Fu Island story; it’s like a joust, it’s all about the knight imagery, essentially going to a tournament. Issue three is like a ninja story, Tony Stark trying to be a full-on stealth master, issue four is a horror story and issue five is something a little more romantic and scientific but I’m going to keep that one under wraps.
I really want to mix it up with single issue stories because I think that quite a few people are feeling the same way. Single issues are an exciting place to go and anyone can jump on with any of the first five issues, not just issue #1. [In] each of those issues I introduce Iron Man; I say something meaningful about a character that you may know already and I want it to be accessible and to pop. That’s the thing with Greg Land: his photorealistic style really pops and it’s a glamorous book in that way.
This sounds great. I’m going to pre-order this one and I think you should too.
(Crossblogging this, as - y’know - new book)
In November 2012 myself and Greg Land will be launching IRON MAN. Popular character. I think he’ll go a long way. You can read my first interview about the book over at Marvel.com, where I talk to Ryan Haupt and download a selection of things…
Fun times talking with Kieron. Go and enjoy, please.