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Civil War: Iron Man (Iron Man Vol. IV #3)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,212 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Two tales of suspense ripped from the pages of Civil War Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, and the people close to him are paying the price. The life of Cap's girlfriend, Agent 13, is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. Elsewhere, a new villain emerges; the Red Skull begins to make himself known; and ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 20th 2007 by Marvel (first published June 6th 2007)
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May 05, 2016 Kemper rated it liked it
I initially felt a lot of sympathy for Iron Man while reading this one. After all, Tony Stark isn’t a villain, and he genuinely thinks that he’s doing the right thing while feeling guilty that he’s causing a lot of trouble for friends of his. Essentially he’s isolated and despised for doing what he sees is the only thing that will prevent the superhero community from being utterly destroyed so you can’t help but feel bad for him.

But then Iron Man gets into it with Spider-Man, a guy he manipulat
Sep 04, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics

This hurt me so much. It's basically everything I've been saying about Tony from the start. He thought he was right, he fought for what he believed was right. He was trying to save the most lives he could, and he stuck to his convictions. But it didn't matter. No matter how hard he tried, it all went sideways anyway.
He did what Cap told him to, he stuck by what he believed was right, and he got destroyed because of it.

And in the end...

It wasn't worth it.
Aug 31, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
Marvel's Civil War crossover event is harrowing enough to begin with, but this one really made it personal for me. It's just... ow. More than anything else I've read in the Marvel comics, this shows the strength and passion of the friendship between Steve and Tony. 'The Confession' in the last part is especially heart-wrenching, but the desperate need both of them have to prove their point to the other and bring them round to their point of view... ow, ow, ow.

It's also helpful for understanding
May 17, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any fans of the Civil War story line
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2016
4.5 stars

I think the biggest thing keeping me from rating this five stars is because how short it is. Because this was great. I would argue that it was the best story in the arc.

I'll go ahead and say that I'm anti-registration, but I can see the pros and cons to both sides. This book did so well in showing how Tony Stark feels about all of this that is happening. He makes Tony Stark human in this volume. After (view spoiler), Bendis writes this ama
Jan 09, 2016 Asher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, graphic-novels
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

This is definitely my favourite book out of all the tie-in Civil War comics, especially with the Captain America & Iron Man specials. After reading the Iron Man tie-in issues, I have so much feels for Tony, it's absolutely excruciating.

Tony Stark simply wanted what's best for them, America, & the world. The Cap didn't share his views. The discovery that was revealed in Civil War: Frontlines #11 about Tony quite literally broke my heart. Everything that had been said
I think I echo what others have said in their reviews when I say how personal this particular collection makes the Civil War to the reader. I may or may not have cried five times or thereabouts while reading this...

The scenes with Tony and Steve are incredibly heart-breaking as they both remember their friendship, their partnership - the good times that can never be again. And during "The Confession"... Never ever have I known Tony Stark to cry, except here. And I cried with him.

I honestly have
Can't wait to see the movie.
Sep 13, 2013 Mely rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-seq-art
The book that launched a thousand Cap/Iron Man shippers.
Feb 20, 2010 Kyle rated it did not like it
This book is has all the things I hate about modern superhero comics. The book is a collection of a few disjointed comic book issues that take place during the Civil War story arc Marvel was doing a few years ago. The problem is that each individual issue is completely unrelated to the other issues. There is no overarching story except that Iron Man is kinda mad at Captain America and vice versa. What's worse is that nothing gets resolved in the end. I guess Marvel expects you to buy every comic ...more
Sep 03, 2007 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
Iron Man comes across as the bad guy in Mark Millar's Civil War, and this book tries to cast a more heroic light on him. Still, it's hard for the writers to fully get behind his stance and say "yeah, let's all surrender our freedoms!"
The book starts and ends with good one-shots examining the relationship between Iron Man and Captain America. I'm not a huge Avengers fan, so it was nice to see that these characters, which have been stalwarts of the team for over 40 years, do have some history. The
Aug 26, 2008 Trebro rated it really liked it
Shelves: tradepaperbacks
Want the short review? Tony Stark is a dick.

This is the feeling you get from all of the stories collected here, even if the idea is to give you Tony's perspective on the Civil War. It reads like the ramblings of a man who has to defend his actions even though he knows they are wrong.

When Happy Hogan has to give you a half-assed answer to the question "am I wrong?" and that's the strongest thing you can go with--you're part human, you know how we feel--then your issue is in big trouble.

Tony flail
Aug 21, 2008 Trin rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel
Another comic I picked up for the emotionally resonant reason of “the library had it.” There were some good things about it. The first virtually stand-alone story, which is almost entirely about Tony Stark/Iron Man’s relationship with Steve Rogers/Captain America, was my favorite: you got a good sense of the dynamic between those two guys (and in my case, a new interest in the idea of seeing them make out). The other issues included in this volume had strong points, too, but the whole thing was ...more
Emily G
Sep 03, 2011 Emily G rated it really liked it
The artwork is gorgeous in this collection of four stories from a civil war storyline that Marvel must had done in the past, which I must admit I have no prior knowledge of. Not that that mattered for me, as I was reading it to get more of an insight into the characters of Iron Man, Tony Stark, and Captain America, Steve Rogers and their 'friendship'. What? I am a slasher, after all ;-)!

The first story 'Rubicon' sees Tony and Steve on opposite sides of the war against superhero registration, wit
As an old Iron Man fan, I really enjoyed the first story presented here - basically it's Tony Stark and Steve Rogers talking and going over their old battles. Despite not regularly reading superhero comics for about 20 years (but still taking a peak once in a while) I remembered most of the incidents between the characters. I was impressed at how these events are recontextualised for the Civil War arc - they didn't change the originals, but managed to fit them into a wider context in a believabl ...more
May 18, 2016 Rusia666 rated it really liked it
I do not have experience reading comics but I think is good. I liked it a lot!! The phrases are amazing. The best ones are of four the second specially and also the last one. My god I LOVE TONY STARK (and comics, so ) ...more
Brendan Richmond
May 12, 2015 Brendan Richmond rated it really liked it
I'm gonna start this by stating that I'm a complete Iron Man fan boy. I mean he's absolutely awesome why wouldn't I love him? But in this installment of the 'Civil War' series you get to see Tony's point of view and his thought on the war. The civil war starts because there are two sides, one is Tony Stark's side and the other is Steve Roger's. The war breaks out when Tony thinks that the identities of super heroes should be known while Steve thinks they should be kept a secret. This is a really ...more
Stewart Tame
Apr 27, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
A nice collection of Iron Man-centric stories that tie in with the main Civil War storyline. This was something of a mixed bag. The first story was excellent, as were the last two, but the two part story in the middle was, while not bad, distinctly lesser than the rest of the book. Then again, it's hard to compete with writers like Bendis or Gage. I think the first story was my favorite: Tony and Cap meet to try to reconcile their differences without fighting. Both make excellent points, and the ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Kamillah rated it liked it
3 stars for the collection, 4 stars for the one-shot issues

Simply put, the conclusion of Mark Millar's Civil War does not paint Tony Stark in a favorable light. Without too much of a spoiler, in the end he can be viewed as a politician so committed to preserving the future of super humans that he's willing to consider ethically murky decisions. The issues collected in this trade lend significant, and I would say, crucial, balance to the primary Civil War tale, as readers gain much more insight i
Apr 05, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the story. I really feel for Iron Man. Still siding with Captain America though. I do see his point. Art was great. Story was even better.
Annette Jordan
A look at the war from Iron Mans Perspective as it all seems to be tumbling down around him. Happy has been injured and lies brain dead in the hospital. Pepper pleads with Tony to end it, but he refuses. He meets with Cap and discovers the rebels are not responsible for what happened to Happy. Sue Storm has been following him in an attempt to talk to him, she blames him for ending her marriage, but he denies it. She angers him by pointing out that everyone else is paying the price for his action ...more
May 02, 2016 Sookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Re-read on 01/May/2016

We generally don't give enough credit for superhero comics when it comes to narrative techniques, subtext or irony. This collection of Iron Man carries the weight of the Civil War story arc in meager four issues and provides an ending that is tragic and totally worth it. For the sake of characters and the way they have changed during implementation of Superhero Registration Act, It wasn't worth it.

When Iron Man and Captain America talk (and even punch) it out as themselves
Bernie Gourley
Jan 23, 2016 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the “Captain America: Civil War” movie set to come out this year, one would have to be living under a rock to be unfamiliar with the basic premise of the Civil War story line. (Not that the movie will—or even can—follow the comic books exactly. But the gist is the same.” The government passes a Registration Act that would require superheroes to be registered, regulated, and trained. This splits the Marvel universe of heroes into two battling factions. (In the movies, it’s just the Avengers, ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
There is always another side of the story.

I read Captain America's Civil War first, and I think I am still sympathetic to his viewpoint. However, I can completely understand Tony's reasons for backing the Superhero Registration Act. He believes that superheroes shouldn't be going off half-cocked, with poor training and little accountability. Part of his view is informed by events in his own past and his guilt about his own alcoholism while he was also wearing the suit of Iron Man. While Stark is
Aug 03, 2015 Sineala rated it it was amazing
So I walked out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier... and I wanted to read all about Cap and Iron Man in the comics. Yeah. Whoops. I still don't even know how that happened.

Here I am beginning by throwing myself into the middle of Marvel at semi-random (after a bunch of browing Wikipedia, anyway), because it sounded like Civil War was a highly relevant thing if you cared about Steve and Tony's relationship, because Amazon didn't have the mainline Civil War book in stock, and because I appare
Jul 26, 2012 Angelica rated it it was amazing
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Princess De Leon
Apr 26, 2013 Princess De Leon rated it really liked it
Recommended to Princess by: Andrea Castillo
For people who does not know:

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Jun 19, 2015 Silas rated it really liked it
This spey collection arc some much-needed insight into why Tony acted the way he did during the Civil War event, and did a good job of summing up the perspectives of each side. Individually, all of the stories were well done, but when they are collected this way, I found it hard to believe that Cap consented to that many private meetings, even with their history together. Other than that, though, this is a good companion to the event.
May 01, 2015 Mairi rated it liked it
This was an ok set of tie-ins. They do a good job explaining Iron Man's motivations for actions that were otherwise less than obvious. Unfortunately, I found the "I'm a futurist, I can see the future, man, and this is the least bad possible one" shtick quite unsatisfactory. It makes him (and Reed Richards) feel much more like oracles (albeit with a science gloss), rather than genius inventors/scientists.
Tanvir Anwar
Sep 24, 2015 Tanvir Anwar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You don't always need action to tell a good comic story

This graphic novel is pretty different than what I'm used to read. Instead of showing the proceedings of Civil War - it tries to tell the reason behind the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man. The drawing is good, the backstory is captivating, and you still end up cheering for both heroes even when they are at odds with each other. Definitely one of the better stories out of of the latest Marvel productions.
Apr 05, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
I really liked the small part with Sue; she has been one of my favorite characters to watch during this event. The last two issues included were my favorite, "The Confession" (and I can't remember the other title) was emotionally touching. The beginning of this volume was kind of blah and just full of flash backs, which I guess might have appealed to some readers more than others.
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