Now There’s A Surprise

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Marvel never collected my Iron Man run, not even back when it was first coming out and selling well. So I’m pleased to see this, in their latest solicitations:

IRON MAN: DEADLY SOLUTIONS PREMIERE HC
Written by KURT BUSIEK with RICHARD HOWELL
Penciled by SEAN CHEN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Covers by SEAN CHEN

Back from the dead (again), Tony Stark’s rebuilding his corporation from the ground up—but enemies old and new remind him his work is never done! With romance, rivalry and robots to keep him busy, can Iron Man still help Avengers teammate Warbird in her match against Stark’s own worst enemy…the one in a bottle? Guest-starring the Black Widow and James Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine! Collecting Iron Man (1998) #1-7.

I’d assume the decision to reprint it has something to do with the second Iron Man movie coming out, and maybe the way my run has a fair amount in common with the movies—Pepper Potts as a major character, the goatee, the “smart” house—or because they want Iron Man/Black Widow material out at the moment, and there’s not as much as people might think. But for all I know, it could as easily be because they finally ran out of my Avengers to collect (on that front, they’re reissuing Geoff Johns’s first issues in hardcover that month as well), and are testing the waters to see if other Busiek material will sell. Nice to see it coming out in hardcover in any case, and who knows, maybe there’s hope for the Thunderbolts run someday…

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