SNEAK PEEK: Detroit Steel

Writer Matt Fraction talks about the new man of Steel blasting his way into INVINCIBLE IRON MAN this April

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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #25 preview art by Salvador Larroca
By Kevin Mahadeo

Say hello to Detroit Steel, a new line of corporate enforcers that take the term "heavy metal" to a completely new level ready to protect all of your company's assets by any means necessary. Especially with guns-lots and lots of guns.

The new armored warriors make their debut in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #25 by writer Matt Fraction and artist Salvador Larroca, which rockets into stores April 28 and kicks off the "Resilient" story arc. Fraction took some time out of his Steel works to give the low down on what this introduction means to the future of Iron Man.

 

Marvel.com: What can you say about this new character and the part he'll be playing in the book?

Matt Fraction: He is what follows in the hole left behind by Iron Man once Tony Stark leaves the world stage. Tony hasn't been around to protect the regular interests that he might have during his time running Stark Industries or running S.H.I.E.L.D. And now that he's back, he's made it clear he doesn't want to get back into the geo-political side of things necessarily. Detroit Steel is what happens in that absence. He is a sort of Blackwater-meets-NASCAR corporate-sponsored armored enhanced guy available for hire to the highest bidder for whatever cause around the round. [Laughs] Basically, Iron Man's worst nightmare of what he could become. An absolute perversion of everything he is.

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #25 preview art by Salvador Larroca
Marvel.com: When you say, "perversion of everything Iron Man is," was that the basic thought that went into his design? He looks like Iron Man and War Machine on steroids.

Matt Fraction: Yeah. I wanted a very sort of over-the-top corporate appeal at Patriotism. Chrome and shiny and something where you'd hear an Eddie Van Halen guitar shred in the background every time he shows up. Very Team America. A very sort of "Rah-rah, go get them" kind of thing. So, like I said, [it's] designed to pander and appeal to anybody that finds that sort of thing particularly attractive. And let me say that it's not only red, white and blue that he can be painted as. He can be painted as the McDonald's red and yellow. He comes painted in any color you can possibly want to have advertise, support, promote or imagine.

Marvel.com: Well, that's certainly interesting.

Matt Fraction: That's the thing. The folks behind it are making these and they're working on designing a fleet of Detroit Steel and they can make them look like whatever. If Italy buys one then it'll have the white, red and green of the Italian flag on it. If McDonald's wants one to protect their corporate interests, then by God it'll be red and yellow. It comes with a paint job of any color conceivable or any design imaginable.

Marvel.com: You've previously talked about Iron Man and his new armor being trimmer and sleeker and the idea of bigger is not always better. Does Detroit Steel play into that concept?

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #25 preview art by Salvador Larroca
Matt Fraction: Well, you're talking about two different things designed by two different people for two different effects. And I can't really go into it without going into the specifics of what the new suit is. But this is supposed to be "bigger is better." Detroit Steel is really the opposite of everything Iron Man is. The new Iron Man is sleeker and slicker and pared down. This is bigger and better and boisterous and loud and noisy and everything else. It's like the difference between a Porsche and a Mack Truck.

 

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      8 comments
      spiderphilman
      spiderphilman

      Maybe you are right jc. I read he was a mercenary for corporate hire. A villain with a "nascar" paint job. I think there may be more than one armor too. You are right too a lot of cars a made in Detroit. I don't understand why that makes Detroit a villain.

      jc1569
      jc1569

      [quote@spiderphilman Okay I get the idea of having a blackwater war hawk corporate villain. War and Black water are bad. But I don't get naming the thing Detroit Steel. America could use more industry, and there is nothing wrong with industry alone. Especially to invoke the name of Detroit where they need jobs.In some ways the closing and exporting of steel and industrial jobs in America has been equally as villainous as blackwater.Your universe?[/quote] Maybe Detroit has something to do with all the cars made there, or how much GM needs Detroit Steel.

      jc1569
      jc1569

      [quote@spiderphilman Okay I get the idea of having a blackwater war hawk corporate villain. War and Black water are bad. But I don't get naming the thing Detroit Steel. America could use more industry, and there is nothing wrong with industry alone. Especially to invoke the name of Detroit where they need jobs.In some ways the closing and exporting of steel and industrial jobs in America has been equally as villainous as blackwater.Your universe?[/quote] Maybe Detroit has something to do with all the cars made there.

      spiderphilman
      spiderphilman

      Okay I get the idea of having a blackwater war hawk corporate villain. War and Black water are bad. But I don't get naming the thing Detroit Steel. America could use more industry, and there is nothing wrong with industry alone. Especially to invoke the name of Detroit where they need jobs.In some ways the closing and exporting of steel and industrial jobs in America has been equally as villainous as blackwater.Your universe?

      jc1569
      jc1569

      I agree. Forget Iron Man's new armor, DETROIT STEEL! Or another idea. After their done with him, Marvel could sell Detroit Steel to Micheal Bay :lol:

      deathsie2
      deathsie2

      I am more interested in Detroit steel than iron man. I hope he wins the fight and then helps protect my local taco bell.GO DETROIT STEEL

      jc1569
      jc1569

      More like Captain America fused with Iron Man and Barry Bonds. :lol:

      Windblast
      Windblast

      wow...it looks like optimus prime & iron patriot had a baby...