Quote: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...
If I wanted to compare Dan Slott to two other writers, I would say that he reminds me David Michelinie (a lot !) and Tom DeFalco ( also a lot but to a lesser extent).
Many Spidey fans have criticized his work because they wanted MJ & the wedding back but Dan Slott was never responsible of One More Day (even for one small bit).
Others hated Superior Spider-Man, although, personally, I think that it was an amazing idea. I was certain that it wouldn't last, I enjoyed it and it is one of my favorite runs (except, perhaps, the conclusion).
So, with that in mind, I think that, on Iron Man, he will do what he likes best : mixing old elements with newer ones, pushing the limits and turning the volume up over 100%. Also, his storylines are built like an endless soap opera, with a lot of cliffhangers, and dominoes falling a long time after the elements had been prepared. He treats comics as a specific medium, different from novels & films, and he writes them as a writer would have during the Silver & Bronze Ages. I would define him as a neoclassic comics writer.
Just recently, he combined Green Goblin & the Carnage symbiote ...
...but, in the past, he also combined Phil Urich with the Hobgoblin. He also brought back Roderick Kingsley and an army of street-level villains. He also brought back forgotten characters such as Cardiac and the Queen.
He also had the idea of Ends of Earth, which is like the Michael Bay version of Doc Ock & the other Sinister Six attacking Reed Richards, Hank Pym, Tony Stark, the Intelligencia, etc.
Even though nobody expected that, he brought back Kaine, Jackal, the Clone Saga, Ben Reilly and the Carrion virus.
So, I think that he will look in the past of Iron Man to pick up what he likes and bring it back in a different context.
I don't know yet what he has planned but, with all that in mind, I wouldn't be surprised if he brings back Justin Hammer from the dead and, also, if he tries to bring back Spymaster & Espionage Elite to their former Bronze Age glory.
Justin Hammer was a pastiche of Peter Cushing and is very similar to classic Bond villains like Goldfinger, Drax, Largo & Le Chiffre.
Spymaster's Espionage Elite was a pastiche of the Mission: Impossible team.
It is the kind of pop culture reference that Dan Slott may like. Justin Hammer & Spymaster would be perfect if Dan Slott wants to start his Iron Man run by a spy thriller story.