Ironheart has followed her quest to Wakanda, but can she outwit The Ten Rings? Your Major Spoilers review of Ironheart #10 awaits!
Writer: Eve L. Ewing
Artist: Luciano Vecchio
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Alanna Smith
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 11, 2019
Previously in Ironheart: The Iconic Ironheart and her new squad continue their trek in search of the Wellspring of Power, hidden somewhere in uncharted Wakandan territory.
But Riri’s in for a surprise when she meets her match… literally!
WORKING TOGETHER WITH SHURI
Having tracked down one of the legendary Wellsprings of Power, Riri Williams is now working with Silhouette (once and former New Warrior) and Shuri (Princess of Wakanda) to try and track down Sil’s brother and the evil Eclipse. As part of The Ten Rings, they’re ready to trigger the Wellspring and gain the phenomenal cosmic powers within, but our heroes want to stop them. There is, however, the problem of an army of Wakandan zombies in their way, something that pops up as they track Midnight’s Fire across Africa, forcing them into action as a team. Silhouette is entertained to see Shuri and Riri butting heads, but their issues lead near-disaster, forcing Okoye of the Dora Milaje into the open to save them. They make their way through the zombies to the Wellspring and transport themselves into the temple, which leaves all of them exhausted from the journey. When Silhouette uses her shadow-shifting powers to slide in and observe the Ten Rings in action, she discovers that one of them looks remarkable like Riri herself… because he’s her father!
GOOD TO SEE SILHOUETTE BACK IN ACTION
I enjoyed a lot of this issue, especially the quiet discussions between our heroes. I have to say that the “coincidental” discussion of fathers and family and legacy seems a bit coincidental, given the reveal of who may be Riri’s dad at the end of the issue. Still, it’s a revealing conversation and one that starts with a truly impressive character moment, as Sihouette assumes that Riri is asking how she lost the use of her legs. Silhouette serving as elder stateswoman hero in this issue is another big plus for me, a reminder that the 90s renaissance isn’t all about Carnage and Death’s Head. Her new costume looks pretty amazing, as does all of Vecchio’s art in these pags, especially the unnverving army of undead Wakandans. Once again, though, the plotting has a predictability to it that bothers me, especially when Okoye’s save comes into play. It’s a nice moment for her and one that turns the tide of battle, but even that payoff kind of feels unearned in story terms.
BOTTOM LINE: SOME OF THE PLOT SEEMS A BIT… FAMILIAR
All in all, though, Ironheart #10 isn’t a bad issue of comics, especially when you take into account the strength of the dialogue and the attractiveness of the art (Riri has seldom looked better, in or out of her armor), making for a better-than-average 3 out of 5 stars overall. The strengths of this creative team are impressive and the too-much-alike friction between Shuri and Riri (whom Sil dubs “Shuriri”) make up for most of the issues that I have with the plotting/pacing.
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The interaction between the characters is wonderful, the art is strong, though the plotting has some shopworn bits to it.