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Invincible Iron Man #9 is out and there’s a new Iron Man… I mean Iron Woman… wait, she hasn’t chosen a name yet, apparently she’s working on it. That’s right, Marvel is once again changing who’s in the suit, as they have done numerous times when Tony Stark has been injured, disappeared, or just to drunk to suit up. This time around though, Bendis, Deodato, and Martin are introducing a new character, not one of Stark’s established friends who suit up when needed. Want to get a look at the new Iron… person?STL004186-600x911

Meet Riri Williams, the 15-year-old genius who’s already in college and seems to have some issues with property ownership and following the rules. That’s her on the left below.

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She’s a young female African-American with brains and mechanical talent that should remind you in many ways of another hero Tony Stark.

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So she stole the parts needed, holed herself up in her dorm room and created a suit of armor.

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She also seems to have Tony’s issues with authority.  It looks like her time is up, just as she finished the suit, or at least got it to power on. It sounds like there might be some issues that still need to be worked out, least of which is what to call herself when suited.

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What do you think of the new look, there’s a Macross style in the suit. What can her suit do? We’ll find out in issue #10 and beyond.

Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Some people will be applauding this change, others will be bemoaning it. Both sides will end up  attacking the other in the comments section because it seems that many folks can’t discuss anything without using derogatory or hurtful words in their arguments. What ever happened to agreeing to disagree while having civil discourse and discussion? The Internet is what, people say things they wouldn’t say face to face, anyone who says different is fooling themselves.

What makes all that moot anyway is that we all know that Tony Stark will be back eventually, and he will reclaim the Iron Man title. It’s happened before and it will happen again after Riri makes her Iron Man run.

Now is when someone makes the comment, “Why don’t they just make her a new hero in her own book?” The main reason is that book won’t sell. What will is a major change to Iron Man, which will sell books to the speculators and get Marvel some free press in the media. That’s how the comic book game works these days.

Some simple advice, relax, read, enjoy the ride and know it will all be back soon enough.

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