Second IRON MAN Ongoing with BENDIS & MALEEV

"International Iron Man #1" cover by Alex Maleev
Credit: Alex Maleev (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Alex Maleev

Marvel has announced at a UK retailer summit a second Iron Man ongiong series by Brian Michael Bendis titled International Iron Man. The series, as you can glean from the title, will have a more global flair, and will be illustrated by long-time Bendis collaborator Alex Maleev.

Entertainment Weekly has the first full details on the series thanks to an interview with Bendis, where the author delineates the differences between International Iron Man and Invincible Iron Man.

"Quite a few things have happened to him in his life over the last few years that are prime, choice cuts of yummy story to look into Tony’s character in ways we haven’t before, including the fact that Tony was adopted, and we don’t know who his biological parents are," said Bendis. "He’s going to find out this year, and in this brand new book, the quest for who he is and why he’s wired the way he is — which is very unique and different — is something he’s gonna face. We have some really great stories to tell about Tony."

This marks the latest in a long line of collaborations for Bendis and Maleev, and the writer said the two of them together offer something different than he would have with another artist.

"It feels in a sense the same way that Alex and I came at Daredevil. By propelling the character forward, we found different levels in him that weren’t shown before. It just seemed that Alex was the perfect person to join me on this character re-examination," said Bendis. "One of our favorite books we did together was Civil War: The Confession, which was Tony confessing his sins at the time to a then-dead Captain America. People almost daily tell me it’s their favorite thing we’ve ever done. It just seemed appropriate for us to team up for this big quest of character."

Credit: Alex Maleev (Marvel Comics)

The big quest will see the already jet-setting Avenger go to even more diverse locales.

"I think we all, no matter where we are in our lives, feel that the world has gotten much smaller. We can all reach out to each other no matter where we are in the world. We feel each other’s pains and victories. I think for Tony it’s like that times 100," the writer pointed out. "He’s much more aware of the global situation and how a big fight with Galactus in New York would affect things in other parts of the world. And yes, why do the villains always attack New York? Why is New York the house of Legos that constantly needs to be rebuilt? If I was a villain, New York is the last place I’d attack, because you know, just by math, there are 700 superheroes in a 17-block radius. I’d go anywhere else. We’ll be dealing with some of the criminals in the Marvel Universe who are smart enough to put that together in their head finally. Tony’s gonna be racing to help people that don’t necessarily always get the attention of the Marvel superheroes.

Keeping with the "International" aspect of the title, EW reports that Marvel will be pushing to have this series translated and publish in more than 20 different countries, including Spain, Poland and Argentina.

International Iron Man is expected to begin sometime in early 2016. Look to Newsarama for more details as it's announced.

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