Following the news last month that a new volume of “Invincible Iron Man” will feature a new lead, Riri Williams, as opposed to Tony Stark, that hero’s codename has now been revealed. As announced at Wired, Williams will go by the hero name Ironheart.
“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” said series writer and Riri Williams creator Brian Michael Bendis. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion.”
Originally introduced in full in “Invincible Iron Man” #9, Riri Williams is a 15-year-old M.I.T. student who took it upon herself to build her own set of Iron Man armor. That armor will also include an A.I. based on Tony Stark’s personality. And Stark himself will have some role to play in the series, although whether he will have a physical presence is being kept a secret. “Regardless of where he might be physically,” series editor Tom Breevort told Wired, “he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”
The Wired announcement also includes the debut of two of the covers for “Invincible Iron Man” #1, one by series artist Stefano Caselli and a STEAM variant by Mike McKone. Ironheart’s adventure begins this November with “Invincible Iron Man” #1.
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