Slott & Schiti's Iron Man 'Fresh Start' Will Build on Continuity, Not Reboot It


Artist Valerio Schiti will join writer Dan Slott for Marvel's new Iron Man comic. the series, titled Tony Stark: Iron Man. But while the armored Avengers is getting an all-new #1 for his part in the publisher's "Fresh Start" initiative, Slott and Schiti assure fans the title will build on the hero's long continuity, not reboot it.

"Everything counts," Slott assured fans in an interview with Nerdist. “We’re going to play fair with all that’s happened to Tony from the very beginning all the way through to the most current runs... ALL the continuity counts. The legacy counts. But if you’re one of the billions of people on this Earth who only knows Iron Man from the movies, you can jump on right here for a fresh start."

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Of course, a new Iron Man comic has to come with new Iron Man armor, and Slott & Schiti plan to give fans exactly that -- and then some. The book will actually feature hundreds of new armors for the founding Avenger, a challenge Schiti told Nerdist he's more than up for -- he's looking forward to it. To me this is heaven. To do new designs is one of my favorite things in comics, and here I have the chance to play with such an iconic character, to try different styles, to use classic suits, and to create new and extraordinary armors.”

Cover art for Tony Stark: Iron Man, by Alexander Lozano

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While Slott and Schiti aim to keep the character and his adventures accessible to new readers, particularly those who may have come to the world of Marvel Comics only after discovering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, longtime Iron Man fans should be pleased by the comic's reverence for the character's history. Slott promises the book will explore "new depths [and] new problems that make him somehow ironically similar to the Bronze Age version of himself," while Schiti says the character will also exude the charm of Robert Downey Jr.'s take by being "funny, charming and cool."

Tony Stark: Iron Man is expected to arrive in June 2018 from the creative team of Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti, with covers by Alexander Lozano.

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