By Eve L. Ewing, Luciano Vecchio, Geoffo & Matt Milla
Ironheart continues to excel in an enjoyable second issue that makes the most out of a character-centric approach to Riri Williams. Ewing does a great job at making Riri relatable, bringing her struggles to the forefront as she faces human problems as much as her superhero ones. It’s refreshing to see a character in an Iron-armoured suit in a city that isn’t New York as Ewing also spends a good amount of fleshing out her locations that include Chicago and Boston, and all the problems that come with them.
Riri Williams was one of the strongest of the newer additions to Marvel’s line-up, emerging onto the scene in 2016. Since then she’s mainly been helmed by creator Brian Michael Bendis, but Eve L. Ewing does a great job with the character, keeping her separate from her team-up adventures with the Champions giving her more time in the spotlight. There are no cameos here from other more established Avengers or even her team-mates and there doesn’t need to be, with Ewing writing Riri so well that it’s a joy to spend the maximum amount of time with her possible.
The book pulls off a nice balancing act flashing back and forth between Riri’s past and present in style. It’s smoothly paced and the energy that Ewing brings to the titular character in this second issue still feels like a breath of fresh air, making sure to focus on other strengths of Riri’s character than just her extraordinary mind, which is a decision that pays off expertly. It’s clear that both the book and Riri herself have lots of heart, and the character-centric approach to this series works wonders in its execution, with this book instantly feeling more hopeful than most Iron Man comics have done in the past.
The artwork from Luciano Vecchio is energetic and action-packed, making the most out of the layouts from Geoffo and Matt Milla’s kinetic colours. The very design of Riri’s suit remains a highlight, and it remains distinctive enough from Iron Man’s to hold its own, with the role that the tech plays in taking down the bad guys being brought to life spectacularly on the page. Another of Vecchio’s strengths is that he is able to keep the artwork reliable and lively throughout, as nothing feels too jarring or out of place.
Ironheart #2 keeps audiences entertained from start to finish and builds on the fine start of the first issue in style. The entertaining, smooth flow of the book is consistent enough to enjoy and fans looking for more Riri Williams-centric adventures won’t be disappointed here. The creative team ensures that the character is always first and foremost, as she should be, but doesn’t neglect the supporting cast either, with enough attention focused on them so that Riri gets plenty of interesting people to interact with.
In short, If you’re looking for a superhero comic that remains fresh and exciting throughout, and is even better than its already brilliant first issue, now is the perfect time to jump on board.