IRONHEART #2 by Eve L. Ewing, Luciano Vechicco, and Matt Milla
IRONHEART #2 did well with establishing Riri's new mission and teasing the reader with two strangers that could be from "The Ten." However, the story had many details missing. The flashback art was the best part of this issue, while the present day art remains consistent but boring.
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Our favorite high flying iron suited gal is back with a new task in IRONHEART #2. Eve L. Ewing tells the sweetest short backstory of Riri in college. She does well to tease the reader, but sort of loses this reader at a particular point in the story. Artist Luciano Vecchio and colorist Matt Milla illustrate flashbacks beautifully and keep the present day art consistent. Overall, IRONHEART #2 is good, however, boring and a little confusing.

What’s Up in IRONHEART #2?

IRONHEART #2 starts off in a flashback of Riri in college meeting a new friend, Daija Hamilton. In Riri’s present, Daija is missing and she begins her investigation in order to find Daija. Besides that, Riri fights two mysterious people. The reader can assume are from “The Ten.” The strangers knew Riri’s weak spots and disappeared into thin air. How would these facts not constitute the strangers as individuals from “The Ten?” You tell me.

Cute Flashbacks and Mediocre Present

Eve L. Ewing’s storytelling in the flashback segments of IRONHEART #2. Riri and Daija’s relationship is so sweet. Daija seems much older than Riri, and yet, she helps Riri out despite their age difference. Plus, Daija didn’t mind being late for class to help Riri, which is the sweetest gesture. Daija’s assistance stuck with Riri, now Riri wants to repay her by saving her. What didn’t register about the flashback was when Daija was talking to an authority figure at M.I.T., saying that someone needs to look out for Riri. What came after that? Did Daija adopt Riri or something? This is unclear.

IRONHEART #2 page 14. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The present storyline isn’t told much better. The only parts that are interesting are Daija’s disappearance, Natalie being an A.I., and the mysterious strangers. Otherwise, the scuffle with the criminals and the whole scene with the politician talking on the T.V. aren’t interesting. The politician scene seems unnecessary and confusing to insert since IRONHEART #1 doesn’t have the politician in it. What does the politician have to do with the story? So far, he’s only connected to wanting to stop thugs. If you look at IRONHEART’s timeline so far, the only occurrence of thugs are when Riri’s a child and once in present day. The prevalence of crime in Chicago isn’t mentioned at all. That makes me wonder how bad it is.

There’s another part that isn’t clear is who the female with Xavier is. Maybe she’s his mom? Of course, it’s possible that she could be an older cousin or something like that. Either way, she should be identifiable if she’s going to be in IRONHEART #2.

Plot and Character Gaps Could Be Problematic For New Readers

If a new reader randomly picked up IRONHEART #2, they would most likely be lost due to inconsistencies in this issue’s story. Compared to IRONHEART #1, IRONHEART #2 doesn’t have a smooth flow to it. The story jumps to scenes that aren’t necessarily part of the major plot. The first scene at the store and Riri’s fight with those bad guys, in particular, may not have a lot of significance. Those group of men may be part of a group that kidnaps kids (hence the end of IRONHEART #2 when we see Daija in the sketchy place with other kids), however, that might not be the case. The other scene that doesn’t make sense is the politician on T.V. as mentioned above. Neither of these scenes has to do with Riri trying to save Daija or “The Ten.”

IRONHEART #2 page 17. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The other problem is Natalie. Not that her being added is entirely a bad thing, but there’s the possibility of misleading a reader that picks up IRONHEART #2. They’ll think she’s always been with Riri when that’s not the case. Natalie suddenly being an A.I. with no explanation leads the reader to ask why Ewing left out the details on how Natalie is an A.I. Even if the reader read IRONHEART #1, they still don’t know the answer. That detail might have been important to the story.

Beautiful Flashback Illustrations and Consistent Present Art in IRONHEART #2

The art flashback by Luciano Vecchio and Matt Milla is beautiful and soft compared to the present day art. The colors in the flashbacks are vivid and the scenes are a comfortable interchange of shadows and bright lights. The present-day art is consistent from IRONHEART #1. It’s still not super visually impressive. The colors aren’t strong (yes, even the IRONHEART  suit isn’t all that impressive). The color needs a boost in vibrancy for it to be eye-catching and continue to draw the reader’s attention. Otherwise, the reader may lose interest and find IRONHEART bland. However, the attention to detail in regards to boldness, lines, light, and shadow are all expert quality. Overall, the majority of the art is boring and doesn’t bring an awe factor to the reader’s attention.

Who’s Kidnapping Children? IRONHEART #3 Might Tell Us

IRONHEART #2 ends with an unconscious Daija in a sketchy place with other kids. What would this crime ring want with kids and why are they forcing the kids to track down Riri? Will we find out how Natalie’s an A.I.? We just have to stay tuned for more in the comic issues.

Who’s causing major crime in Chicago? Stay tuned for IRONHEART #3 to find out more.

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