As if mythical Dark Elves from Svartalfheim were enough of a test for Tony Stark, the armor-clad Avenger is poised to find himself in the middle of a dimensional caper while having to match wits with a fabled arch-nemesis, the Mandarin.
The new arc for Marvel Entertainment's ongoing "Iron Man" series starts with issue No. 23 and, says writer Kieron Gillen, the five-part story melds a culture clash pitting magic, modern technology and fairy-inspired legend and lore.
Underlying it all is Stark still coming to grips over the revelations of his being adopted while, at the same time, maintaining his public aura of brains and bravado.
It is, says Gillen, an "interesting culture clash."