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"In re-reading Kurt Busiek's 'Iron Man: The Iron Age' miniseries, I was deeply affected by a scene in which Tony Stark (in his pre-Iron Man playboy days) breezily disappoints his father," Pak told CBR News. "His father dies soon thereafter. And it occurred to me that in some secret place, a son might well carry the guilt for disappointing his father like that for the rest of his life. So for 'Iron Man: House of M,' we're exploring the notion that deep down, Tony Stark longs for the chance to make peace with his father-- to finally prove himself to him, or to finally break from his legacy. It's a story about fathers and sons, about growing up, about doing the right thing because of-- or in spite of-- the expectations of family…and, of course, about fighting giant robots in the streets of Chicago."
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One thing Marvel has been insistent about is that "House of M" doesn't fall into the typical miniseries category. In other words, many of the changes taking place are here to stay. As for the changes to Iron Man, Pak couldn't reveal which of his changes would become permanent. All he could do was offer this bit of enticement: "'Sapien Death Match.' Issue One. I'll say no more."
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According to Pak, this story takes place within weeks of the end of the first series. Regarding which characters will make an appearance, Pak said, "In the beginning, we're focusing on Master David Banner, young Peter Parquagh and Virginia Dare."
For those who have a difficult time recalling these 1602 characters, here's a quick refresher: Virginia Dare is the first child of English descent born in the New World, who happens to be a shapeshifter; Peter Parquagh is a spy with a special connection to spiders; and Master David Banner is a morally compromised advisor to the corrupt King James. Pak also added, "Look for some additional Marvel heroes to make surprising entrances as the series progresses."
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While the book is scheduled to be a five-issue miniseries, Pak indicated that it "could become an ongoing if orders are high. As always, the fans decide."
Pak seems very happy at the moment to be playing in two very different versions of Marvel's universe. With giant robots and a New World on the horizon, who can blame him? "Iron Man: House of M" will be coming to a retailer near you soon, while the first two issues of "Marvel 1602: New World" will hit stands this August.