I know it's cool to be down on superhero comics in general and the Big Two specifically but Marvel and DC are still putting out some good stuff. Sure, the Civil War on Infinite Countdowns has increased the chaff-to-wheat ratio but as long as Fred Van Lente keeps putting out stuff like this there will always be a place for mainstream comics in my hold box.
First off, the title of this issue is "The Creeping Doom". Off to a great start.
The art by Ronan Cliquet and Scott Koblish is fantastic and it sets the proper tone for this comic: Light but not without suspense. I've mentioned it before but the best part of this series is the little readouts from Iron Man's armor which are superimposed on the panels. Printing "INTERNAL AIR SUPPLY AT 0.16%" does a much better job of combining the urgency of the situation with the high-tech coolness of Tony's armor.
The story is a lot of fun. Tony Stark goes to see the inventor of a new agricultural process because Stark International is interested in licensing the technology. Tony didn't bother to tell the guy he was coming because he's Tony Stark! No one doesn't want to meet with The Tony!
So, he surprises the guy who turns out to be just a little too into his plants. In fact, he's literally into his flora because he dons plant armor and does battle with Iron Man as Plantman! Pepper Potts gets more screen time and that's always welcome because she's a great character. She spends a fair amount of this issue in the damsel-in-distress role but she still gets to shine.
I'm not sure if this Iron Man reboot is a direct answer to all the Tony Stark: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. haters but I'm glad it's here.