Somehow Tony has found himself stranded on the world of the Ultimos and is living in a commune run by Stilt Man.
Which…is absurd, but yet it works. This book seems to capture the utter absurdity of silver age Iron Man while delivering it in the form of a thoroughly modern comic. Also, props to Cantwell for coming up with a believable premise for having Tony facing his demons regarding addiction again. You know, rather than having him drink an imaginary drink in a virtual world while he was essentially being mind controlled… Instead we have Tony experience a true moment of introspection, examining his motives for wanting to do good…while knowing he’ll also have to deal with his dependence on morphine once all this is over. It’s mature, sensible, considered and makes me feel like Tony’s actually a hero again.
The art is, as always, breath-taking. This run has been spectacular so far, and I hope it continues for a long time.