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Ironheart, Vol. 1: Those With Courage

(Ironheart (2018) #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  865 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Riri Williams, the armored hero called Ironheart who took the comics world by storm, takes center stage! When a group of world leaders is held hostage by one of Spider-Man's old foes, Riri must step up her game. But she's thrown for a loop when an old acquaintance from back in Chicago re-enters her life! Now, Ironheart is caught between her need for independence and her ob ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Marvel
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James DeSantis
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Riri gets a new writer, and with that a different feel for the character. Is it better? In some ways yes, in some no.

This is mostly a great jump on point for Ironheart. If read about her, you probably have some idea who she is. A super smart 15 year old who creates armor and such like Tony Stark. She's so smart than when Tony went into a Coma she took over for Iron Man. It got the man-babies on the interwebs all upset but it was actually pretty fun. I enjoyed her intro volume a lot. However, wh
Mar 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
A decent first volume with a brand spanking new creative team. Ewing's writing is dialogue heavy. It's clear she is still feeling her way through writing comics. She does some interesting things here but it's not focused. In the first 5 issues, Riri's at MIT, then back in Chicago trying to do both and I think dropping out of school (that part was unclear). She's stretched too thin, trying to be too many things at once, but that's never discussed, so it feels more like Ewing can't decide on a dir ...more
THIS is how you deliver superhero action! This has everything I want from a solo superhero title - witty banter, a good supporting cast, a slow build to ongoing threats, and introspective moments that help me connect to this better-than-real-life hero because she's going through stuff just like we are. Ewing hits this one out of the park, and the art team brings a host of graceful touches that show their love for the character and plot - watch the time in the bottom right corner during a phone c ...more
Adam Fisher
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
Riri Williams is a very interesting Marvel character. One of the representations of the new young Marvel heroes (Miles, Gwen, Kamala, Nova, Brawn.... basically all the Champions plus a few others), Ironheart seems to me as a fresh perspective on Iron Man for comics' younger readers. That being said, for me, the book tries too hard to make it seem like she can just be another normal girl. Her identity is public (like Iron Man) and yet we are to believe that she'll be treated the same as
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This creative team's first arc with Riri Williams is a home run. Everything that felt missing in Bendis' introduction of her character is here, and more. Vecchio, Libranda, Milla, Geoffo and Cowles absolutely 10/10 with the pencils, colors and lettering, it's gorgeous, expressive and consistent. And Ewing's story feels to be setting up for a long game with an underground organization, an intriguing new villain, but at the heart of all of this is Riri, who is such a strong and easily likable char ...more
Rod Brown
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was bored as the book seemed to be mostly housekeeping as it tried to bring resolution to some of Riri Williams' past trauma while setting up a new status quo and arch enemy, neither of which was very intriguing. Her personality just sort of dissolved into a series of reactions amidst all the grief, inventing, and obligatory fight scenes.

I might try the next book in the series, but I hear the series has already been canceled with #12 and Vol. 2 only collects through #11. Oops.

Side note: I used
B. P. Rinehart
I have to say that while I was never a big Iron Man fan I did read the first volume of Riri Williams debut story. This is another character that created by Brian Michael Bendis and, according to him, preceded Miles Morales. I followed her character in Bendis' books and in the Champions comics that I read, but I am glad to have read her here. I'm unhappy that this book is not still being published, but that is another story. I knew of Dr. Eve L. Ewing from some of her poetry, but this is the firs ...more
The majority of this edition is enjoyable. I didn't really like the crossover with Miles Morales (mostly because it involved time playing around via groundhog day type thing).

But the ones featuring Ironheart and her childhood friends was great and wonderful, and brilliant. And fun because DS9 is the best Star Trek with Discovery a cross second.

Dakota Morgan
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Those With Courage is a low-key re-introduction to Riri William's Ironheart with good art, fine street-level storytelling, and some nice dialogue between Riri and her friend Xavier. It suffers a bit from this being Eve L. Ewing's first comic book - heavy text and bland plotlines are prevalent. Ewing does introduce an intriguing villain with a dumb name: Midnight's Fire. He works for the Ten Rings, another mysterious, mystical collective with Big Plans. Mostly textbook stuff here, but it's pleasa ...more
Alex Sarll
I read a bit of Riri Williams when she was first introduced in Bendis' Iron Man run, where she would go on to compete with Doctor Doom to be the inheritor of Tony Stark's mantle during one of Tony's occasional if brief holidays from the land of the living. She didn't grab me, which I now suspect was less any intrinsic problem with the character than simply that Bendis was running on fumes by that point, having been knocking around at Marvel for the best part of 20 years and just about to make th ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whew! SOMETIMES I feel like prestigious non-comics writers aren't actually the best picks for superhero comics but Eve Ewing is a great fit for Riri and I loved this volume. As much as I previously enjoyed Riri's adventures with AI Tony, her new AI NATALIE is so funny and yet such a moving tribute to Riri's dead BFF ;_;

I missed whatever happened with her and the Champions--it's alluded to and I don't necessarily feel like I missed out on something--it's enough to know that right now Ironheart is
Lukas Holmes
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm sorry that Marvel/creators had to go through all the negative stuff associated with Ironheart, but if the diamond that comes from so much pressure is like this, then I'm happy it happened. An incredible CHARACTER with real world truth, motivations, horrors, history and family. Here is a hero haunted by real world gun violence, loss, and rebirth. It's just incredible. She makes mistakes, suffers from PTSD, can be selfish and angry, bitter and kind. What an amazing future Riri has ahead of he ...more
Bruno Torres
Apr 08, 2022 rated it liked it
English/Spanish review:

Nice volume. I dig the new writing. Bendis lost a bit of his touch with Riri and apart from creating an interesting character not much else happened on that run.
Here Riri is way more explored and given more depth. First five issues were about she and her life at MIT and it felt fresh tbh,we see her struggling to make friends,her doubts,her being nerdy and witty. Cool for her,finally,some characterization.

The plot wasn't much,but it was enough. This has those Ms Marvel vib
Sharaya Smith
Jul 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Again, FTR, I'm not a super heroes person.

I probably couldn't tell you the difference between the DC characters and Marvel characters.

Doesn't Disney own the rights to all of them now, anyways? *shrugs

However, I did thoroughly enjoy reading the Ms. Marvel comic when that came out, so when I saw the cover for Ironheart vol. 1 I totally judged the book by it's cover and I just knew I had to give it a go.

It was almost like learning to ride a bike again - for me -because I don't really read comics.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had never read a graphic novel about RiRi Willams so I decided to get this first volume to learn about her character. I have to say that I had such a great time reading this. RiRi is a flawed young superhero who is very smart but has a lot to learn. She is very hot headed and very socially awkward which is why I came to really like her. I like how her story is her own and not some carbon copy of Tony Stark. I love her as Ironheart. There is this mission that she has with Miles Morales that was ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been hyped for this ever since I saw that Eve L. Ewing was writing Riri Williams, and I never should have doubted her. I saw a little bit of Riri in Champions, but this volume made me actually love her.

I love her backstory and everyone that's important to her (whether she'll admit it or not). The story is all about the people - whether that's who Riri has and has lost in her life, kids on the street, or anyone else. It all comes back to everyday people trying their best to get on with their
Eve Ewing manages to channel classic comic tropes while also injecting her Ironheart stories with much needed updates and postmodern reflection. Riri is both an awkward social oddity surrounded by loving ppl who just want her to learn to ask for help (classic), but she is also dealing with survivor’s guilt as a Black woman who “got out alive,” uses powers like hacking and x-ray vision in ways most heroes don’t, and she has strong boundaries when it comes to white supremacy.

Marvel’s heroes can l
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I won this in a lottery at school. I'd never heard of Ironheart. It's been years since I really read Marvel comics. I figured it was worth a shot.

It's cute! I'm not really fond of comics but I liked this one. There was a nice bit of humor, especially in the episode with Miles.

I'm going to use this one for my school's first Comic Book, Graphic Novel, and Manga Club. (If you're interested in donating to us, DM me!)
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great new chapter in the Iron Man corner of the Marvel Universe, Riri Williams proves herself to be a fantastic and exceptional hero all her own. Her brilliance and need to help others make her a worthy successor to the legacy Tony Stark has built and her bumpy road between heroism and her personal life gives a whole new perspective for the character and the Marvel Universe as a whole that is so needed in the world right now.
Aug 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this comic. I love that Riri is a young black woman. I love that the story is set in Chicago (rather than New York). I love Ironheart's design. I liked the story and how characters talked about mental health and well being.

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Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.Typical, Still Fun Tho.

I laughed a lot. Riri is great. Her relationship with miles even greater. I enjoyed the adventures and would love to continue going on adventures with her. I like this new brand of superheroes marvels got going. They still need to work on their villains though.
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this was such a fun read! riri williams is an amazing character and her backstory in this comic was very interesting. i didn’t know much about her character beforehand, but this comic made me want to read more books with her in it. i’m looking forward to reading more about her in the future

3.5/5 stars
Rhiannon Grant
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A fun superhero story with a nice link to the team element (Ms Marvel and Spiderman appear in one story), but mainly focused on Ironheart herself. My favourite/least favourite part is the running 'gag' where people get her code name wrong over and over in all sorts of ways... Irongirl? Ironchick?... it's somehow so... realistic. ...more
I read this on recommendation that it would have lots of Star Trek jokes. I was not disappointed! Riri is great!
Megan Sanks
Ironheart is such a great addition to Marvel. I hope she gets added to the MCU or gets her own tv show like Ms. Marvel!
Conor Murphy
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I was nervous going into this book, because to my knowledge while Eve Ewing has the background to write a great story about Riri a great story doesn’t always translate to a great comic.

But this was a REALLY great comic book. I’m super excited for this series moving forward.
Christina Carter
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first met Riri Williams (as created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato Jr.) while reading through Invincible Iron Man in 2018 and was intrigued. Her genius rivaled Stark's who was impressed with Williams's brilliance even while he was in a coma. His A.I. mentored her as she took up his mantle becoming Ironheart. Eve L. Ewing now takes Riri out of Tony's shadow as she grows into her own. She's the only M.I.T. student with a fully funded lab which she uses to engineer new tech (with some s ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, marvel
This is so so good. The new creative team is great. While I mostly enjoyed the previous run, I feel like this is what Riri is supposed to be like. She really comes into her own as a hero and steps out of Tony Stark's shadow. I can't wait to read more! ...more
Riri is such a great character, I cannot wait to continue this series. The appearance of Miles Morales in the final issue of this volume was extremely welcome!
Christopher Campbell
Nov 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
I am trying to catch up on my Comic Book Reviews, and in my opinion, one of the best comic book stories in recent years. Ironheart Volume One: Those with Courage collects Issues One Through Six. She has taken the world by storm, and now she starts with her very own comic series, one of Spider-Man’s old foes has taken a group of world leaders hostage and this has Riri realizing that she needs to step up her game. Her life is turned upside down when an old acquaintance from Chicago re-enters her l ...more
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Dr. Eve Louise Ewing is a writer and a sociologist of education from Chicago. Ewing is a prolific writer across multiple genres. Her 2018 book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism & School Closings on Chicago's South Side explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community.

Ewing's first collection of poetry, e

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