Last weekend at the New York Comic-Con, Marvel announced a new "Iron Patriot" series, beginning in March 2014. The new series will star Philadelphia native and long time Iron Man ally, Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes. The title will be written by Ales Kot ("Secret Avengers," "Suicide Squad") with art by Garry Brown.
Launching as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! event, Rhodes is taking over the mantle formerly held by Norman "Green Goblin" Osborn during the "Dark Reign" story line. Rhodey hopes to live up to the name of Iron Patriot, while removing the tarnish placed on the armor by his predecessor.
Rhodes' new mission statement, firmly established in "Iron Patriot" #1, will bring him into conflict with friend and foe alike, as well as domestic and foreign (sometimes very foreign). Kot has stated that Rhodes' family will also play an integral part in the series, including Rhodey's father. One can only hope that means Iron Patriot will be spending some time in his home town of Philadelphia, expanding upon the landscape developed during Cullen Bunn's "Venom" run.
Rhodes has starred in several series before, from "War Machine" to "Iron Man 2.0." This series looks to encapsulate who the character is at his core, a man who loves his country and strives to always do the right thing. "Iron Patriot" will. hopefully, be the long term home that this character has long been deserving.
Look for the new "Iron Patriot" series in March 2014, be sure to ensure your copy by pre-ordering beginning in January. To find a comic shop by you, go to www.comicshoplocator.com.