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Iron Man: Extremis (Iron Man Vol. IV #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  6,252 ratings  ·  248 reviews
It's the beginning of a new era for Iron Man, and he must face up to a new era of terrifying technologies that threaten to overwhelm fragile mankind! He must find out what Extremis is - and, more importantly, he must figure out who has unleashed it and what its emergence means for the world.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by Marvel (first published November 10th 2004)
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Being a genius billionaire superhero isn’t all fun and games apparently. Sometimes there are people who want to question your ethics just because you’ve got a past as an arms manufacturer, and then there’s always the chance you’ll get the ever loving crap kicked out of you when some bad guys get their hands on a new bio-weapon.

This is one of the best Iron Man stories I’ve read. It came out a few years before the first movie, and the films would use several of it’s ideas and overall tone. The thi...more
Nicolo Yu
These six issues that comprise the opening story arc on Warren Ellis and Adi Granov’s re-launch of Iron Man became the bible for Jon Favreau’s two Iron Man movies. Ellis set out to re-establish Tony Stark as the chief technologist of Marvel Comics’ twenty-first century and do this without being too fantastic but also grounded in reality. This is helped by the realistic computer generated art of Adi Granov.

Incidentally, Granov also served as a designer of the Iron Man film, so much of the images...more
4.5 stars

So why am I reviewing a comic book that came out years ago?
Well, there's this movie that came out a while ago about a guy in a metal suit. You may not have heard about it, 'cause I don't think it did very well at the box office...
Ok. Seriously.
Because Warren Ellis' Extremis is the plot that the new Iron Man 3 movie is loosely based on.

For those of you who don't know, Ellis is considered almost god-like to many comic book fans. I've been incredibly unfortunate when it comes to getting...more

After my visit to the U.S.A, I may have brought back a combined total of 12 (or so) newly purchased novels and graphic novels. There was about a 50/50 split. The reason was that of course there are so many more comic book stores in America than Australia (and they are such cool places) and also because the Harvard Bookstore is also an amazing location... Either way that was my weak attempt at a segue into mentioning that I did buy this Extremis graphic novel while overseas. And it was completely...more
Son of Sam Quixote
A destructive new chemical compound called Extremis that gives the user superhuman powers is set loose onto a domestic terrorist with an agenda to bring down Washington. Cue Tony Stark, flying in to save the day! But even Iron Man isn't able to deal with this threat and must make a life altering choice. We also get the Iron Man origin story here that was used in the Iron Man film (with a few subtle tweaks).

I love Warren Ellis' writing whether it's his weird, original material or more mainstream...more
This is a story that redefines Iron Man for me for the 21st century. I've re-read this story multiple times, and every time it gives me chills and makes me respect Tony Stark a little more.

Moreso, it makes me respect Ellis as a writer more each time. This is a very tight, compelling read that wastes no time on filler panels, just keeping us sprinting alongside the characters trying to keep up.

Granov brings a very different technique to the visuals - balanced precariously between hyper-realistic...more
I can totally see why Jon Favreau wanted to base the first (and also the third) Iron Man movie off of this book. It's approached about as realistically as possible, with some fantastic, grounded character work for Tony Stark, and big, cool, tech-centered leaps forward for Iron Man. The Iron Man origin story in the first Iron Man is almost exactly the same as the one here, along with the same strong parallels to the War on Terror and our roles therein.

Beyond the similarities to the films, this is...more
Extremis made its mark on the Iron Man movie. Maybe not so much with the plot, but with the way the character of Tony Stark was handled, and with the updated version of his backstory. Here, a (white supremacist) terrorist gets his hands on an attempt to make a new version of the super soldier formula and ends up with super strength and the ability to breathe fire. The story moves very fast, and there's some very satisfying action. I was a little disappointed that the terrorist's purpose and moti...more
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In this fantastic story that redefined both Iron Man and Tony Stark for a new generation of readers, Warren Ellis reboots Iron Man's origin story, destroys him, and rebuilds him even better, complete with a new set of powers. This was the shot in the arm that the Iron Man franchise needed: A dose of Extremis!

Anyone reading Warren Ellis' work knows he's got a fetish for technology, so what better book to let him loose on than Iron Man? The way he explains how the technology works, the ideas he c...more
Jul 11, 2012 Derrick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Iron Man fans, Warren Ellis Fans, Fans of thoughful tech stories with hyper violence
Warren Ellis showcases the Iron Man character at his most interesting, as far as I am concerned. Tony Stark is brilliant, handsome, wealthy, and -- thanks to the armor -- tougher than almost anyone. But he has demons. His fortune is based on weapons and death, and he has never gotten over his alcoholism.

Tony's at a low spot here. His company wants him to step down from CEO and, like Bill Gates, be Chief Tech Officer. And then an old friend of his has her Extremis formula stolen. Iron Man goes a...more
Paul Simon Grimsley
A great re-imagining of the old Iron Man. I remember watching the original black and white tv series. I don't know why the idea fell out of favour with me but Stark is interesting in the same way that Batman is -- a human possessed of the resources to do something about the problems they see in the world. Stark has the added layer of being out in the open to a degree and using military money to fund his ventures, so there is that whole political dimension which isn't there with Batman. I really...more
Crystal Starr Light
Very impressed. A perfect place for someone new to Iron Man (or has only seen the movie) to start. It's thoughtful and interesting with extremely well drawn action scenes.

Thank you to the one who recommended this to me!
Well, so much for my resolve to not fall for Tony. Not that I had that much of resolve, really, and it's all Steve's fault anyway, but. Well. I liked this much more than I expected to. Of course, at this point I knew all I had to know about Extremis from fanfiction, but it was still a good read. Here, Tony - upgrades. In a way that makes me want to slap him because it's really, really stupid and suicidal, but hey, it's been a while since I've read a comic where I didn't feel that way at some poi...more
One of the best Iron Man stories. The big threat in this story is Extremis, which is nanotechnology that reshapes the person it is injected into. This story has heavily influenced the Iron Man movies, including upgrading Tony Stark's origin so that he was in Afghanistan, as opposed to Vietnam, when he was captured and built his first Iron Man suit, as well as confronting the morality of a superhero making his fortune manufacturing weapons. It has also been rumored that Iron Man 3 will be using e...more
Chris Thomas
I'm not really an avid comic reader and I bought this mainly because I've been binging on too much Big Bang Theory and needed a Geek Fix. So, when I do buy a comic book I like to make sure I'm buying something worthwhile! This did not disappoint.

This set of comics was released before the Iron Man movie and so it was cool to see where they got some of the ideas for the suit. I also tend to gravitate towards comics written by Warren Ellis. There's something about his dialogue that is devoid of the...more
I really did not care for the digital artwork: lacked detail and depth. It reminded me of really early computer animation! The story was decent, but I really was not impressed. Very underwhelming. Also, turning Tony Stark into a robot/computer, I think, really detracts from the character - it takes away his humanity - which makes it really hard to relate to him. I always thought of Tony Stark/Iron Man as Marvel's Bruce Wayne/Batman. They are both men, very rich and intelligent men, but a men non...more
This is the compilation of Iron Man volume IV issues 1-6. It is a type of reboot of Iron Man's origin story as well as creating a new type of villain that he cannot defeat with any of his Iron Man armors. I have read this compilation a couple of times previously; I mainly re-read it this time because I wanted to see how it compared to the novelization of the same series.

We find out that Maya Hansen has co-created a new enhanced bioweapon that genetically alters the human body to improve it as we...more
Similar to Daredevil, I've been meaning to get around to reading some Iron Man (the Matt Fraction run looked good) but I guess Extremis was always on the cards, especially after the recent movie.

It's an interesting tale, serving as an intro and a new start for a new era. For such an important story it seems quite small. The complete status change of Tony brings him more into line with what most people know (and the influence on the movies is obvious), though I have to say his character is a litt...more
Timothy Stone
One of my favorite characters in the Marvel Comics universe is Iron Man. Even before the recent films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, were released, I really liked the character from the cartoons I watched in the '90's when I was younger. Since I have recently decided to read more Marvel Comics stories, I chose to give Iron Man a try.

I chose The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis as the one to read due to the fact that it is a basis for the third Iron Man film, which is a loose adap...more
Primer cómic que leo de Iron Man y me gusto bastante, tanto el guión (Ellis siempre es sinónimo de calidad) como el dibujo. Siempre había leído a Iron Man pero formando parte de los Avengers (lo odié en Civil War) pero probablemente ahora preste un poco más de atención a su serie en solitario. Según parece la serie escrita por Matt Fraction es, de lo último, lo mejor que se ha escrito.
Not bad, though not enough to turn me around on Ellis as a writer. The story felt really drawn out at times, and probably could have been wrapped up in three issues rather than six. Plus, it was just unnecessarily violent, which is a problem with a lot of superhero comics these days. I liked it overall, but I'm hoping that the concepts are put to even better use in Iron Man 3.
Matti Karjalainen
Warren Ellisin käsikirjoittama ja Adi Granovin "Rautamies: Extremis" (Egmont, 2013) on kehuttu tarina Tony Starkista, joka joutuu ottamaan yhteen supervoimat saaneen terroristin kanssa. Vihollinen tuntuu olevan aatemaailmaltaan jonkinlainen teekutsuliikkeen kannattaja, joka vastustaa USA:n keskushallintoa, mutta kritiikkiä kohdistetaan myös Tony Starkia asekaupoista syyttävään liberaalilehdistöön. Ja sitten tapellaan.

Vaikka "Rautamies: Extremis" on suomenkielisen albumin takakannessa nimetty "yh...more
I knew the synopsis going in, but nevertheless: outstanding storytelling, outstanding artwork. Very understated, too, which I think was absolutely necessary given how intense and high stakes Extremis is.
Extremis is the subject for the most recent Ironman movie, but these is issues and this origin story are the basis or the movie series. Good writing and cool to see translation from comic to screen.
Alex Jones
I started this today, meaning to take maybe a week over it, in the end I couldn't resist finishing it before dinner. Really clever and smart graphic novel, which must have been the inspiration for the current set of Iron Man films. It was so good I kinda wish that the films had kept to the plot of this more closely. It was clever, witty and expertly paced, but the art was the best of all. It varied from stylish and artsy to some of the closeups looking like photorealistic portraits. All of it wa...more
I think the best thing about these comics is how Tony Stark is depicted. I learned so much about him while reading Iron Man: Extremis and I am so grateful about that. I loved how tortured he appeared during this story. How far he was from the MCU character. We have an insight on what they tried to do in Iron Man 3 and on how they failed compared to what we can read here. It is never about how unconfident Tony is. It is about how much he hates himself sometimes, how much he hates the blood on his...more
Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis is a graphic novel depicting the adventures of Iron Man as he attempts to defeat the new technological advancements. Tony Stark has been Iron Man for fifteen years since his start in the Afghani desert. Iron Man has new enhancements in his suit after he is defeated by the individual who was injected with the "extremis" drug, giving him superhuman powers. Iron Man's new technology allows for the lag to be terminated in thought and in performance. Stark Industrie...more
Iron Man, up to the 1990s, was a guy in a metal suit. Okay. Somewhere along the way it was determined that the storyline would be more sci-fi-ish if hyper-futurist Tony Stark had made such advancements that the suit materialized outward from within his skin itself, and the view from the inside the suit was a virtual arena with Stark controlling multiple 360-degree computer touch screens. I'm okay with that.

But this same technology gets tweaked and it somehow affects people differently, such as...more
Despite being a comic book geek for over twenty years now, I've never really gotten into any Iron Man book or read the character with and consistency at all. I think I picked the right book to start with.

It's been called a brilliant re-imagining of the Iron Man character and is penned by one of my absolute favorite writers, Warren Ellis.

Basically, a dose of a more technologically enhanced version of the Super Soldier serum (you know, the stuff that made Steve Rogers into Captain America) has bee...more
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Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.

First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.

Currently a weekly columnist for VICE UK.


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