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Ironheart, Vol. 1: Those With Courage

(Ironheart (2018) #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  56 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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.
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
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
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!
Nick Klagge
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I read these as single issues. I'm so glad Eve Ewing is writing this series! She's an excellent writer (see my reviews of "Electric Arches" and "Ghosts in the Schoolyard"), and it's so awesome that she is writing Riri as well as being a poet and academic. These issues do a great job of balancing between telling "superhero stories" and telling Riri's personal, friendship, and family stories. I like that Ewing doesn't focus very much on the specifics of Ironheart's powers/technology (I got pretty ...more
Eric Piotrowski
I'll admit that I came to this one biased. I'm a huge fan of Eve Ewing's writing, and I was looking forward to something different here.

I got exactly what I wanted — an interesting story with intersections of race and class, love for Chicago, and lovely dollops of humor. The art here is clean, and the characters are well defined. It's not an amazing story, or anything groundbreaking, but that's fine. Not every comic needs those things. It's got interesting people taking on formidable challenges
Rocky Sunico
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, iron-man
Ironheart hasn't particularly been a likable character in the Champions books but I decided to give this series a shot because she's still an Iron Man family character and that has been an interesting avenue to explore. These books explore her new life with MIT support while still juggling the challenges of figuring out how to balance being an actual teenager while being an engineering genius and also a member of her own family. The book nicely expires her challenges with socializing whether, wi ...more
Christopher Mclean
I think I like Ironheart more than I like this volume.

I appreciate that Marvel is trying to highlight different characters, and Riri really fits the bill there, with a background, and attitude that sets her apart from any other heroes I can think of, even though teenage genius is very well-trodden ground.

Unfortunately, this particular volume didn't really hit home for me. In a short volume, we get three separate arc's. The two smaller arcs both felt very generic, with the main arc having both a
Sep 06, 2020 added it
There’s quite a bit to like about the debut of Ironheart’s solo title, though overall it’s inconsistent. The characters sometimes move beyond their types to suggest more individual directions, and the larger plot and themes finally do so effectively in the fifth issue’s take on the cynical politics of racialized victim-blaming, by far the most interesting of the six issues collected here. At many points, though, the generic overpowers the unique, perhaps because author (and fantastic poet) Ewing ...more
Andy Zell
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I didn't know anything about Ironheart and I hadn't read Eve Ewing before, only knowing her from Twitter (and I've listened to a few episodes of her podcast Bughouse Square, which features clips of old Studs Terkel interviews and contemporary interviews Ewing conducts that complement each other). But this was really good! I like the character of Riri Williams and it's refreshing to have a new setting for a super hero instead of NYC. I'll definitely read more Ironheart in the future.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Difficult to rate. Fabulous art. The writing in the first issue particularly does some things I can’t stand, like not only breaking the 4th wall but doing so in a sarcastic and already tired way.
That goes away in the subsequent issues, and while a few things come along too easily (childhood neighbor who somehow wasn’t her friend suddenly becomes one, etc.), the meat of the story and character development is still compelling.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Blah. This feels like a Night Thrasher story.

Worse, the villain keeps doing the tired "join us. The two of us are alike, you and I" thing. Writers, this doesn't work unless there's a chance the hero will join the villain. Otherwise, it makes the villain look stupid and diminishes the threat.

And I think it's gross that Riri made an AI of her dead friend and treats it like it's her dead friend. I can see why he might think it makes sense after having the Tony AI, but still . . . .
♡*WithLove, Reesie*♡ ☆~Nikki~☆
"Those who move with courage make the path for those who live in fear."

Excited to read about RiRi. A black female genius! Love it!
Sad but interesting to see how deal with tragedy of her friend and step dad, and she is now raised by a single mother.
She has a focus that sometimes leaves her without friends but I'm glad her old neighbor, Xavier, makes his way into her life.
I like Midnight's Fire as a character, but I didn't like his character back story info dump in the middle of the volume. It sl
Daniel Butcher
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel
The book does a nice job of dropping this newly renamed hero into Chicago.

The story does a nice job of using the hero's backstory, fears and personality to make something that connects.

I'm just likely a bit too old for the demographic so it doesn't connect with me like it would with a younger reader.
Amy K.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I LOVE Riri Williams and Ironheart! She's down-to-earth, amazingly smart, funny, independent, endearingly flawed...I could go on, but you get the picture. She's amazing! And the cast of characters, the setting, the tension-creating action, the kick-ass moves. It's all just fantastic! Long live Ironheart!
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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.

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