Thursday, May 1, 2008

Iron Man on Foreign Policy

With the Iron Man movie opening tomorrow there's been a bit of talk about why Iron Man has always been a marginal title. Like so many other comic fans I've never really been interested in Iron Man and it comes down to the fact that he has never had a hook that I liked (trying to write a hero around technology when the standards change from week to week is admittedly a rough task) and most writers have settled on a characterization of him as a warmongering jerk. Here is how he reacts to enemies of the United States (before Civil War reduced him to a weak strawman for fascist politics):