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My stepdad. It's this thing he used to say all the time. "Those who move with courage make the path for those who live with fear." He said it constantly. He said my mother taught him that. And I just... I was tired of being afraid. I wanted to fly.
Riri Williams, Ironheart #1

Ironheart (or Riri Williams: Ironheart) is a 2018-2019 Marvel comic book. It was written by Eve Ewing, with art by Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio, and Geoffo. It lasted twelve issues.

Riri Williams is having a bit of difficulty with her work-life balance: she's really good at fixing things and building things, but not so much with the whole "interacting with people" stuff, especially when MIT wants her to give potential investors a tour of her lab. Luckily, a hostage situation ensues so Riri can jet off as Ironheart in order to save the day.

The only problem is that the bad guys belong to a secret shadowy organization called the Ten Rings and they want to find something called the "Wellspring of Power" in order to gain, well, unlimited power. Riri will have to not only find out what they are planning, but also team up with other superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Unstoppable Wasp, Doctor Strange, and Shuri, in order to stop the Ten Rings.

Tropes in Ironheart:

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Midnight's Fire offers Ironheart a position in the Ten Rings. Ironheart turns him down, which Midnight's Fire doesn't take too kindly.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Riri's father, Demetrius Williams, just happens to be a member of the Ten Rings and is willing to sacrifice anything to get into the Wellspring of Power.
  • Benevolent A.I.: N.A.T.A.L.I.E. She takes over as Riri's suit AI, since the Tony Stark AI doesn't exist anymore. She's also named after and looks just like Riri's old friend who died in a drive-by shooting.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Wellspring of Power first showed up years ago in Thunderbolts. It was connected to the Well of All Things, which is where Midnight's Fire got his powers.
    • One of the members of the Ten Rings is Tomoe the Techno Golem from Invincible Iron Man.
  • Corrupt Politician: Thomas Birch, an alderman in Chicago. He arranged the kidnapping of children (including Daija Hamilton, Riri's friend) in order to look good with a "tough on crime" stance.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's finally explained that Riri's biological father was killed in a gas station robbery gone wrong. Or not, as it's revealed that he actually faked his death and joined the Ten Rings.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Dune, real name: Demetrius "Riri" Williams, Riri's father.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Midnight's Fire was a New Warriors villain, specifically a villain connected to Night Thrasher and Silhouette. Here, he's the primary antagonist to Ironheart, although Riri does team up with Silhouette later on.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Ironheart and Shuri don't exactly get along at first.
  • Villain Respect: After Ironheart defeats Clash, Clash handed her his Ten Rings trinket, so that she could use it instead of him and gave her advice about not letting anyone throw her away.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Eclipse, a member of the Ten Rings, has white hair and white skin.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Ten Rings' member Eclipse tries to set one of these off in issue 7, but they are thwarted by Ironheart and the Unstoppable Wasp.