Well gang, Marvel Comics has unveiled the wrap around cover for The Invincible Iron Man #20 which is going to kick-off a new storyline called Stark: Disassembled.
The cover is designed to mirror a shot from Civil War: The Confession by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev, the cover depicts a fallen (perhaps dead?) Tony Stark with Thor grieving by Stark's side. So what does this all mean, did Tony Stark really die in this universe? This comic takes an arc that shows who Tony Stark is when you remove all of his carefully crafted artifices.
This cover was created by Patrick Zircher.
Writer Matt Fraction has said regarding the story:
In World's Most Wanted Tony is going to win the race he set out to run, but Osborn kind of wins too," Fraction told CBR. "What you're going to see, to an extent, is all the King's horses and the King's men couldn't put Humpty back together again because maybe Humpty didn't want to get put back together again...
That doesn't sound good, but he does continue by saying:
It's the third act of this first run of stories and my goal is to bring Tony all the way through this ordeal that started with my first arc, 'Five Nightmares,' and carried through to World's Most Wanted. The first arc was about destroying Stark, the corporation. The second arc was about destroying Iron Man and now this story is about Tony, who he is and why he is this way.
There is a specific end destination in mind. There's a road map and I've been saying where we're going from the get go, but I don't think people realize the depth of what that means. I've not been clever or coy at all. Tony's going to win the race he set out to run, but what does that mean? This story is about what makes Tony a hero.
Invincible Iron Man #20 is written by Matt Fraction with art by Salvador Larroca. In addition to the Patrick Zircher wraparound cover, there will also be a cover by Salvador Larroca and a 70th Anniversary Variant Cover by Marko Djurdjevic.
Invincible Iron Man #20 is scheduled to arrive in comic book stores in November of 2009.
Thanks to Vinal & Villains for the heads up!