Ever since she first appeared in Invincible Iron Man volume 2 #7, Riri Williams has been nothing short of a hit character. Initially, it seemed like the character was aiming to take over the Iron Man mantle. Though that might have been a goal of sorts for Riri at first, she blossomed into her own fully-formed hero in short order. It was only a matter of time until Marvel gave Ironheart her own solo title.
That day has come, as Marvel announced that Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda are the creative team on the new Ironheart comic book. The comic will expand on Riri’s adventures, now that she’s no longer a big part of the Iron Man book.
When discussing what readers would expect with the new Ironheart book, writer Eve Ewing said the following, “People don’t just gravitate toward Hulk or Captain America or Spider-Man because of their powers, the reason they say so-and-so is my favorite superhero is because of who they are as people and about what they stand for. So I think the really exciting thing is really building out Riri, not as just Ironheart, but who is she as a person? Specifically, what does it mean to be a teenage black girl from Chicago? Somebody who has lost family members to gun violence, somebody who understands the realities of the community is going to bring something very different to questions about justice and who the good guy is and who the bad guy is and what you do about that. She’s also a teenage genius and because of that, she skipped over a lot of social things — she went to high school when she was very young, she’s already in MIT, so Riri is not really great with her peers, she doesn’t really have any friends. Being a genius and knowing how to fix stuff and build amazing gadgets doesn’t necessarily make you a happy person. So how do you figure out how to use the power that’s available to you and how to connect with and be accountable to the people around you.”
Riri is already a bona fide sensation and I just know comic book speculators are waiting to see if she pops up in a movie. For years, all signs have been pointing to Marvel having big plans for Riri Wiliams and her superhero alter ego; now those plans are coming to fruition. Give it time and we might discover that in ten years characters like Ironheart are the Captain Americas of a whole new generation. Ironheart #1 hit comic book stands in November 2018.