Marvel comics prematurely released this first look at Kieron Gillen and Greg Land's Iron Man #1 before Land had time to finish any of the backgrounds.
Source: Press Release
Many believe that Marvel has been planning their Marvel NOW! relaunch for quite some time now, possibly since shortly after last years successful DC reboot. However, this new preview of Iron Man #1 by superstar creators Kieron Gillen and Greg Land might cast those assumptions into doubt. Out of eleven panels shown in the preview, only one has an actual background. Land, a celebrated and accomplished artist, would surely never try to pass off a bunch of hastily scribbled lines, geometric patterns, and Liefeldian smoke as backgrounds, so The Outhouse has no choice but to assume this assignment was sprung on him at the last minute and he is, as we speak, rushing to complete the pages before the issue goes to print.
In the meantime, take a look at these half-finished pages. Even without the backgrounds, they're certainly polished and gorgeous. Here's the press release:
Tony Stark Flies Into Marvel NOW! In IRON MAN #1!
This November, Tony Stark soars to new heights in your first look at Iron Man #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the chart topping creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Greg Land! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor! When his greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake, Iron Man must act fact…and build faster! As part of Marvel NOW!, Iron Man joins a line of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!
Each issue of Iron Man includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of Iron Man features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
An all-new direction! All-new threats! All-new armor! This is Iron Man NOW!
This November, Kieron Gillen and Greg Land redefine what it means to be invincible in Iron Man #1!
For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW.
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IRON MAN #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
FOC – 10/15/2012, On Sale – 11/7/2012