As many of you know, aside from the usual freelance journalism, rock ‘n’ roll drumming and internet self-promotion in which I immerse myself to fill up every nook and cranny of each day, I’ve also been working on pitching a comic book series or two to various publishers. And as you also likely know if you’ve been following my exploits for a while, I keep things under wraps until they’re confirmed and ready to announce. So today I’m pleased to pull back the veil on the latest fruit of my labor. It’s a four-issue limited series for Marvel Comics, a deal I just signed the faxed contract on yesterday, and can now share. The title?
Iron Man: Agent of A.I.M.
If you’ve been reading Marvel Comics for the last year or so, you’ll know that after the end of Civil War, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, became not only director of S.H.I.E.L.D., but also head of the 50-state Avengers Initiative. But after a nearly successful invasion of the Earth by the shape-shifting Skrulls, Stark was not only excommunicated from the Avengers and fired from S.H.I.E.L.D., but also effectively became a fugitive.
Well, in Agent of A.I.M., Iron Man takes over Advanced Idea Mechanics, the multinational weapons developer and supplier of destructive devices to the super-criminal community. Why? Covertly, to take on the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D. replacement agency H.A.M.M.E.R., Norman Osborn (also known as Iron Patriot), and dismantle A.I.M. from the inside while doing it. This tale of intrigue, deception, romance and over-the-top action culminates in a no-hold-barred final showdown between Iron Man and Iron Patriot!
It’s coming this summer to a comic shop near you, and as soon as I have more details, I’ll post exact dates and what not. For now, satiate yourselves with this one-page preview from the first issue. Excelsior!