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Subj: I care about takes, not continuity, and I've never bought that others truly care about continuity
Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 at 07:21:24 pm EST (Viewed 294 times)
Reply Subj: Dan Slott: "Tony Stark - Iron Man" Will Build on Continuity, Not Reboot It
Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 at 04:21:12 pm EST (Viewed 362 times)

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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.”

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.”

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.


Hundreds of new armors? Tony's name right there in the title? Not a single reference to Riri or Amanda?

Well... we have been optimistic, and then burned before...

The thing is, when you actually ask someone who claims to consider continuity sacred what they mean, they typically refer to a particular take on the character that itself contradicts previous takes. Michelinie and Layton, whom some on this board treat as golden sacred cows, themselves contradicted bronze and silver age writers and even contradicted themselves between their first and second runs. So this supposed "continuity" obsession is a lie. It's a lie born of trying to bring the weight of history and tradition to what is really just a simple expression of a preference for a particular take.

Moreover, when writers attempt to reconcile continuity, the result is typically a dry, awkward, mess. A story or at least a chunk of a story that is just a big No-Prize, trying to neaten continuity that is so contradictory that it can only be neatened by the most tortured of Frankenstein stitching. The result lacks any entertainment value, because all it is is a big No-Prize pretending to be a story.

Now that's not to say I despise old continuity. For example, I prefer Silver/Bronze age Mandarin to what he mostly became from the eighties onward. I still think that that little five page origin story Stan Lee wrote for him was the best Mandarin story ever, combining the pathos of tortured aristocrats like Roman Sionis and a tortured super-soldier like X-23 with the disturbing exploitation of Christopher Columbus.

But I prefer that simply because I think the take Stan Lee had on the character was the best, not because I think Silver Age continuity is inherently sacred.

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