Robert Downey Junior brought Marvel’s Iron Man to life as the quirky, irreverent millionaire and tech genius in the Iron Man and The Avengers franchises.
Before the live action adaptation, however, Iron Man was, and indeed still is a graphic novel.
The character, created by Stan Lee, is always ready for anything, no matter how dangerous or sudden the situation.
The latest reworking of the Iron Man series is the beautifully illustrated and written Tony Stark: Iron Man #4 by Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, Edgar Delgado and Joe Caramagna, and introduces some Italian chic into the famous hero’s arsenal.
Once again at the head of his re-branded company, Stark is doing what he does best: inventing new technologies. We’ve already seen him create new suits of armor, ranging from the gigantic to the microscopic, and he’s invented a new digital landscape where anyone can become Iron Man thanks to virtual reality.
Even with all of that in mind, in Tony Stark: Iron Man #4 the Armored Avenger debuts a new suit of armor [sic] no one would ever have expected.
In the graphic novel, Stark takes some time off from the daily grind to go on a date with Janet Van Dyne, aka the Wasp. To do this, Stark opts for a different form of transportation to his usual sports cars: a Vespa.
This isn’t your run of the mill Vespa though. Sporting the Iron Man colours, the Vespa is also an Iron Man suit.
The two heroes go around town for their date until trouble, as it always does, comes knocking. The employees at Stark Unlimited find themselves under attack, and their evening has to be cut short. “Aren’t you going to change?” Janet asks Tony.
“Way ahead of you,” he answers, as his Vespa starts to come apart. Yes, Tony Stark’s Vespa does its best Transformers impression, twisting an d wrapping itself around the inventor as the latest version of the Iron Man suit.
Even after the transformation is complete, you can still spot the various iconic Vespa parts on the shoulders, helmet and breastplate.
If it’s good enough for Iron Man, it’s good enough for me.
He’ll hook you up with a sweet deal, and your new Vespa will be delivered right to your door.
Check out their range, including the classic 946 (RED), which happens to be the same colour as Iron Man’s armour – just saying.
It’s also a great way to be a superhero in your own right because a portion of the sale will be donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
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