By Dana Schwartz, Jacen Burrows, Scott Hanna and Pete Pantazis
Tony Stark is dead. Any good comic reader knows that he will not be dead for long, but we have to ask, who is going to bring him back? Captain America? Bruce Banner? How about Pepper Potts. Pepper has been an integral part of Tony’s story for a very long time, so it makes sense that she is taking the responsibility to bring back one of her closest friends and favorite people. This issue she takes on Hydra as she attempts to get a piece of Tony’s father’s DNA.
Dana Schwartz is responsible for bringing us a likable and personable Pepper Potts. Schwartz allows Pepper to shine as she blends in with Hydra soldiers and goes mostly unnoticed. Schwartz shows that Pepper isn’t just a pretty face; she’s also a really intelligent woman. Another thing that works for this issue is the couple of Hydra grunts we meet. Robbie Fleckman is a sympathetic character in this issue. He’s the low man on the totem pole responsible for getting coffee and running dumb little errands. After a brief conversation with Pepper, it’s clear that he’s not a terrible guy, but simply someone who doesn’t have a direction in life yet. Schwartz excels at making both Pepper and Robbie characters that you root for in this issue. When things finally do hit the fan in this issue, Schwartz shows Pepper use all the skills in her arsenal to complete her mission with as little violence as possible. Schwartz writes Rescue as the hero we all strive to be. She’s calm and uses her brain in rough situations. She also looks out for the well being of the little guys and is willing to give them a second chance.
The pencils this issue are handled by Jacen Burrows and Scott Hanna with colors by Pete Pantazis. The pencils are fitting for an issue like this. Burrows and Hanna use a style that is clean and fun. The lines are smooth and the panels read well. With the colors from Pete Pantazis, the art on this issue pops. The light color palette from Pantazis compliments the style of pencils laid down by Burrows and Hanna. It’s nice when the art in a book seems to flow nicely, and that’s exactly what happens with this issue. The panel with the unveiling of the big mechanical Hydra head is drawn very well. The scale of the head in comparison to the Hydra soldier presenting it is on point. The colors by Pantazis shine in a panel like this because of the bright background and all the intricate shading under the arms of the Hydra head. The art works on many levels this issue, but the most important thing is that it fits the story that Schwartz is trying to tell.
Rescue 2020 #2 is a pretty solid read. Dana Schwartz humanizes characters we many have no interest in and fleshes Pepper out in wonderful ways. The pencils and colors work and are light and fun. Rescue 2020 #2 is fun and entertaining. Tony Stark may be dead, but have no fear, Pepper Potts is coming to the Rescue!